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BARRY O. BAYLEY With deep sorrow and a heavy heart I announce the passing of my beloved husband Barry, so tender and kind both as husband and father. Barry is survived by his loving wife Doris, son Raymond (Darlene), granddaughter Sondra and grandson Alex, and several nieces and nephews in the US. Barry was born in 1917 in London, Ontario the third of three boys. His mother died when he was two years old and after her death his father with the two older boys moved to the United States. Barry was left in London in the care of paternal Aunt Mrs. Agnes Bayley. The Bayley's raised Barry as their own but sadly when he was eight his Aunt Agnes also died, the only mother he was destined to know. Mr. Bayley provided for Barry with endless care and affection and saw him through his schooling in London and Woodstock. Then in the early thirties they came west to a small farm in Lundar area. Radio was Barry's hobby and he was a voracious reader but in the depression years a job was foremost, so the former city boy worked as a farmhand for a dollar a day and board. He repaired radios and was a movie projectionist for a road show. He wandered far in Canada and the US. In September 1939 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Engineers and went overseas with the First Division serving six years in the UK, Sicily, Italy, and NW Europe, and four years in the Canadian Intelligence Corps. Returning to civilian life he apprenticed and became a journeyman electrician and one fine day along his solitary road he found the great love of his life, Doris. They were married in 1946 to be constant partners for the precious years to follow, and in their new home in St. James in 1954 they were blessed with their son Raymond. Barry worked many years at his trade applying his skills on projects large and small before changing hats to become electrical inspector first for the growing city of St. James, then for the city of Winnipeg a position he filled with keen interest until retiring in 1982. He was a quiet, unpretentious man devoted to his family and his home. He had great compassion for all animals and he loved his pets. In his later years his happy hour would be to settle down with a book or watch TV with Carman and Cally beside him purring their approval. Barry accepted his failing health in his quiet, independent manner and dry sense of humour through the tough times. Everything is OK and in order was his rule. He left a legacy of wonderful memories never to be forgotten by his loved ones. Rest quietly my love. Cremation has taken place in accordance with Barry's wishes and a private family gathering will be held at a later date. If friends wish donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society Pet Rescue, 3062 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.mb.ca 885-9715
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 13, 2012
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