In 1961 a pretty Swedish nurse, Marianne, working at Bonda mission hospital in eastern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) escorted her visiting parents to KNP in an old Morris minor. The car broke down and Barry took four days to fix it, by which time he had proposed to her and Marianne, moved to Kafue to join him and became his lifelong partner. Their first son Rolf was born in 1963, followed by Derek. Barry was dedicated to duty, efficiency and discipline and was promoted to Warden of KNP from 1962 till 1966. In 1967- 1968 he was transferred to Livingstone as Warden of Southern Province, Marianne worked as a nurse at the “Non Fee Paying” section of Batoka Hospital. In 1969 Barry transferred to headquarters in Chilanga where his daughter Allison was born. In 1970 his last posting in the Game Department was at Kasama, as Warden of Northern Province. In 1972, Barry retired from the Game Department to manage brother Bob’s farm in Mazabuka. In 1975, his youngest son Clive was born. He later managed Dimba farm for Zambezi ranching. In 1982, Barry bought his own farm in Mkushi and proved, at 53, that one is never too old to start a new life. He became one of Zambia’s biggest seed growers, both in soya and maize. He diversified whenever opportunities arose, ran a borehole drilling rig, contract harvested maize, and built Kaingo Lodge under Shenton Safaris in South Luangwa National Park in 1992 with his son, Derek. In 1994, when the Great North Road was almost impassable, he began his last major project: The Forest Inn. The well-appointed, peaceful Forest Inn has become the place to stay for almost all visitors to Mkushi.
Barry slipped away quietly, on the 21st of March 2007, in his bed surrounded by his wife and children, surely a satisfied man. The Forest Inn remains run by youngest son, Clive and daughter Alli. His children and grandchildren have continued his sense of nation building, social conscience and sustainable resource management.