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Born: Jun 11, 1945

Date of Passing: Apr 25, 2012

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BRUCE THOMAS BARR June 11, 1945 - April 25, 2012 While on holiday with Valerie, in Bodrum, Turkey, on April 5, 2012 Bruce had a heart attack, from which he did not recover. He was able to be transported back home to Winnipeg, the city he loved, to pass away among his family and friends. Bruce was born in Winnipeg on June 11, 1945, the son of Lou and Jay Barr. He attended Rockwood School and Grant Park High School, and subsequently earned a degree in engineering at the University of Manitoba. Later, looking for a way to explore his enormous creative imagination, he studied photography at Ryerson University in Toronto, in the early 70s. Moving back to Winnipeg to work as a photographer, Bruce was a founding member of the Winnipeg Photographers Group / Floating Gallery in 1981, where he developed his artistic work, much of which was widely acclaimed. With partners, and on his own, over the years, he carried on business as a commercial photographer, work which he thoroughly enjoyed, and continued until his death. Photography was a passion for Bruce, but he also had a boyish enthusiasm for all of life, was very curious and was so much fun. In particular, he liked nothing more than dreaming up ideas and inventions, and tinkering with gadgets. He was most proud of his patent for a Contact Printer for Photographic Negatives . In later years, Bruce found new happiness with his wife Valerie Gilroy, and Bruce was the best thing that ever happened to her; an unexpected gift of love and togetherness to be treasured always. Also grieving are Bruce's sister Jan Cavers, husband Merv, and nieces Sharon and Valerie Cavers (Al Magillvary, Madrin and Frances), his brother Gordon Barr, wife Gloria, nieces Sheila (Dave Carlson and Devon) and Susan (Ken Olsen, Hana and Erika), and nephew Jeff Barr. Bruce will certainly be very much missed by Valerie's family, as well as Sylvia Barr, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was a special and beloved friend to so many, and leaves a gaping gap in all our lives. Please join Bruce's family and friends to mourn and remember him, in Convocation Hall at The University of Winnipeg, on Friday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Donations to Winnipeg Harvest or The University of Winnipeg Foundation would be gratefully accepted.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 28, 2012

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Whom ever made the obituary for Bruce captured his life and love. He was certainly a real person My heart goes out to Valarie and Sylvia. - Posted by: Nancy Richard (friend) on: May 03, 2015

  • I am deeply saddened to have just found out of Bruce's passing through an article about Manitobans we have lost in 2012. I no longer live in Winnipeg, but met Bruce while working at Ducks Unlimited Canada. We worked together for many years on various DU and personal projects in the '90s and late '80s. He was exactly as described...boyishly enthusiastic and passionate about photography and inventions:) I am so happy he was enjoying life right to his final days! My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to Valerie and his loved ones. He was a kind and lovely man. - Posted by: Jodine Wilde (old friend) on: Jan 06, 2013

  • I was saddened to read of Bruce's passing in today's paper. I worked one summer for Bruce in the 1980's. He was a very generous and wise man, and I was strengthened by his mentoriong. I learned so much from him. He was so creative, and a positive spirit! - Posted by: Harold Kenyon (former employee) on: Jan 05, 2013

  • Bruce was a wonderful and passionate member of the photographic community here in Winnipeg. He will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Ian McCausland () on: Jun 06, 2012

  • Having a bit of a meltdown yet again. Only knew him for 10 years, but he wormed his way into my heart. Husband to my dear friend Valerie. Friend to David and me. We had great plans for the future - the usual, dinners, trips etc. not to be. Can't believe how much I wish you were still here. - Posted by: elaine Sartin (friend) on: Jun 04, 2012


  • I met Bruce through the photographic industry many years ago. Although I hadn't worked with him in recent years, I remember Bruce as a kind soul who always displayed genuine interest in other people's well being. I was saddened by his passing and thinking of Valerie and his immediate family. - Posted by: Linda Nelson () on: May 04, 2012

  • Thinking of you and your families at this time Val. Love, Tom & Janet Mayhew - Posted by: Tom & Janet Mayhew (Friend) on: May 04, 2012

  • Having met Bruce and Valerie on their first few days on holiday in Bodrum, Turkey. Chris and I were very sad to hear the news that Bruce had sadly passed away. We very much enjoyed chatting with Bruce and Valerie sharing their hopes and wishes for the future following Valerie's retirement. Our thoughts are with Valerie and Family. - Posted by: Chris Morris & Dawn Barnes () on: May 03, 2012

  • Valerie, we are so sorry that you have lost your companion and mate. Things will never be the same without him but wasn't it amazing sharing the world with him? Lorne and I send our condolences and wish you peace. - Posted by: BRADLEY, Lynn and Lorne (Valerie's Vancouver cousin) on: Apr 30, 2012

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Bruce's passing, especially under such sad circumstances, Our thoughts and prayers are with Valerie and Bruce's family. We are thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Jan & Bob Jones - Posted by: Jan & Bob Jones (Jan is Valerie's cousin) on: Apr 30, 2012

  • Dear Valerie, we were both shocked and saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. We only met Bruce once on our rooftop deck as he overlooked the view and the clouds and immediately went into action with his camera. There was an instant connect with him as we are sure you have heard before. Uncle Harold and Arlene send their love and best wishes to you as do we. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. love, Terry, Gillian and family. - Posted by: Terry & Gillian Johnston (cousins) on: Apr 28, 2012

  • WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER BRUCE, WHEN HE LIVED IN CALGARY AND HIKED THE mountain trails with US, when the kids were small. Bruce was an interesting cousin and very talented. He will be long remembered for his zest for life. OUR BLESSINGS TO VALERIE AND ALL THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY. THE BEAMERS AND THE SANDILANDS - Posted by: DON AND LYNNE BEAMER, JENNIFER AND CHRISTINE AND FAMILIES (BRUCE WAS OUR FIRST COUSIN) on: Apr 28, 2012

  • I have known Bruce for quite a few years as a result of his photography work for Ducks Unlimited Canada. Bruce was a true gentleman. He always had a smile on his face and a very positive attitude. He truly loved his profession and his innovation showed in his work. We will all miss him. My sincere condolences to Bruce's family. - Posted by: Brent Richards (Friend through business) on: Apr 27, 2012

  • So saddened to hear of Bruce's passing and glad that we had a visit last summer. Our thoughts and prayers are with Valerie and family. - Posted by: Dave King (Friend) on: Apr 27, 2012

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