On May 25, 2020 after a lengthy battle, Barry passed away just after 4:00 p.m. in St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 67 years.
He is lived on through his sons Kevin and Derek; sister Catherine (Wayne) and brothers Terry (Arlene), Larry (Arlene), Peter and Donald. Barry is now reunited with his parents Edna and Terence; brothers Franc, Gary, and Paul, as well as good friend Graham Besse.
Barry was born in Montreal, along with one sister and seven brothers, to a father who was a decorated soldier in the Air Force and a mother who stayed at home to keep the large family in line.
He started working on the runways and in the hangars with Air Canada in Montreal, which presented him the opportunity to move to Winnipeg and work the mail room. Here, through hard work, he eventually became a lead auditor for the company. He travelled many places for work and used his “perks of the job” to see even more of the world in leisure.
Barry had an interest in motorcycles and photography. Early on, he spent plenty of time on the racetrack, racing bikes and taking photos of all the other riders. His volunteer work at the track even won him awards. He was a member of vintage motorcycle clubs and most of his yearly motorcycle trips would be planned around BMW motorcycle rallies and visiting friends.
In the early 90s, Barry bought land in Menisino, Manitoba. His good friend Graham Besse, flew to Winnipeg with another friend Roscoe, to build the main cabin on this land. Since then, Barry had devoted a lot of his time to the cabin, constantly working on it and increasing the “luxuries”. He would invite friends to join him hunting. Barry was also pretty good at providing friends and family with deer sausage after hunting season!
For a period of time, he was a member of the woodlot association and would host tree planting festivals on his property. Hosting these events made him very happy, good times were always had with lots of food. He even built a small stage for one of the festivals and hired the band "The Blues Benders" to play.
Barry had a hard work ethic and a thirst for knowledge. Later in life he continued to enroll in trade related courses, no doubt to sharpen his skills for more cabin projects. He was always encouraging his kids in their trade careers and instilled the same work ethic in them. With his old school, hard work mentality, it was no surprise that he went his whole life without getting a cellphone, which is something he liked to joke about even up to his last days.
He often made donations to Siloam Mission, a pattern that continues even after his passing. In his will, he left several donations to different foundations, including some in the form of scholarships for trades programs.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Barry’s memory to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation are greatly appreciated.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In the meantime, Barry’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by commenting in the comments section to the right.
June 17, 1952 – May 25, 2020
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