Dr. Peter Barg was born on February 21st, 1918 in Tiegerweide, Russia. He was the youngest of 7 children in a Mennonite family. His parents were Bernard and Elizabeth Barg and his siblings were; George, Jacob, Phillip, John, Bernhard and Elisabeth. The Barg family emigrated to Canada in 1924 and they settled in Duchess, Alberta on the 2nd of January, 1926. Here they farmed and built a home. Dr. Barg received his initial education in a one-room schoolhouse until he finished grade 8. He attended Duchess High School until grade 11, then he completed his high school education in Rosthern, Saskatchewan.
Dr. Barg attended Bethel College in Kansas, graduating with a B.A. in 1940. Dr. Barg entered medical school at McGill University in Montreal. He graduated M.D. and C.M. from McGill University in 1944. He interned at Montreal General Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Montreal).
Dr. Barg met his wife, Edna Mae Webber in Montreal while she was in nurse’s training. She was born in Toronto on the 31st of October, 1918, the oldest of 5 children born to Roy Harrison Webber and the former Louise Greig. Mrs. Barg graduated from Oakwood Collegiate Institute in Toronto. She moved to Montreal and supported herself, by working at the Student Christian Movement, prior to entering nurses training. She graduated from the Montreal General Hospital School for Nurses in 1946. Dr. and Mrs. Barg were married on the 31st of August, 1946.
Dr. and Mrs. Barg had 6 children; Stephan, Karen, Philip, John, Deborah and Charlotte.
Dr. Barg started practicing medicine with the R.C.A.M.C. in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He worked at the Provincial Mental Hospital in Essondale, British Columbia, and in Oliver B.C. before settling in Wallaceburg, Ontario in 1949. In 1955 he joined the College of General Practice of Canada and in 1960 he received the Upjohn Fellowship. Dr. Barg was the Director of the Windsor Medical Services from 1954-1956 and he was made the Chief of Staff at the Sydenham District Hospital (Wallaceburg) in 1957. Dr. Barg was the President of the Kent County Medical Society in 1960. Dr. Barg sat on Wallaceburg Town Council between 1970-1971. He was a member of Rotary and he was elected as President in 1965.
Dr. and Mrs. Barg left Wallaceburg in 1975. Before he retired, Dr. Barg and his wife worked in remote, northern United Church hospitals in Newfoundland and in British Columbia.
In his spare time, Dr. Barg enjoyed woodworking and playing bridge. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Bloor Street United Church “Out of the Cold” program. Mrs. Barg enjoyed knitting, reading, travelling and caring for her family.
Dr. Barg retired from medicine in June of 1998 and he and Mrs. Barg resided in Toronto. They were the proud grandparents of 12 children and many great-grandchildren.
Dr. Barg died on the 4th of May, 2014. Mrs. Barg died on the 7th of October, 2017.