Former Ashcroft editor Barry Tait passes away

Barry Tait, editor of The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal from 1988 to 2002, passed away on Oct. 10

Barry Tait

Barry Tait

Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal

Barry Tait, editor of The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal from 1988 to 2002 and Thompson-Nicola Regional District director for Area I from 2003-2011, passed away on Oct. 10, just a few days after his 76th birthday.

Barry was a colourful character, best known for his big grin, his bigger cowboy hat and his weekly editorials that made readers laugh so hard that it brought tears to their eyes.

He was awarded the Medal of Bravery in 2000 by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson for rescuing a neighbour’s 11-year-old son from a burning house.

Barry was also a long-time supporter of the area’s ranching legacy, volunteering for groups such as the Ashcroft Rodeo Association and the Friends of Hat Creek Ranch.