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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 April 28, 2012Refund Refund
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