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Born: Apr 10, 1938

Date of Passing: Mar 24, 2021

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April 10, 1938 - March 24, 2021

It is with the deepest sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Barbara peacefully passed away, with her family by her side, at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre due to complications from diabetes and congestive heart failure. She is finally free from years of illness and pain. Barbara will be forever missed by all whose lives she touched. The world has lost an intelligent, brave, and independent woman who inspired so many with her courage, resilience and determination.
Left to celebrate her life is her dedicated and loving husband Howard, of 58 years, who affectionately referred to her as Pumpkin, three daughters, Laura (Jeff), Carolyn, Heather (Dana), as well as two wonderful grandsons, Taylor (fiancée Rachael) and Quinn. She also leaves an extended family and many close friends.
Barbara was an ethical person who was modest and humble about her numerous passions and accomplishments. Her true passion was Education. Barbara's association with the River East School Division began in 1978 when she served as a citizen member for four years. In October 1983, Barbara was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Division. Over the next 12 years she served on all standing committees of the Board. She was elected Chairperson of the Board of Trustees from 1992 to 1993. Due to illness, Barbara did not seek re-election in 1995. After a period of recuperation, she was successfully re-elected in a by-election to the Board of Trustees. She was involved in the amalgamation of River East School Division and the Transcona School Division. During the 15 years as a member of the Board of Trustees she was also a member of the Superintendents Task Force and served as a Regional Director of the Manitoba Association of School Trustees and was twice elected to the position of Provincial Director for that organization.
Barbara was also appointed to the Board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons as a Public Representative on the Complaints Committee. It was a position she was proud to serve on for eight years.
Barbara was an avid reader, gardener, gourmet cook, had a keen interest in fashion and loved to entertain. In addition to all of her interests, Barbara loved to travel. Howard and Barbara shared many adventures. They looked forward to their annual winter vacation in Lucaya, Grand Bahamas. They spent many years travelling to Hawaii, Florida and embarked on many cruises to various destinations. Summers were also spent travelling as a family across Canada. These road trips left her daughters with lasting memories to cherish.
Throughout the past 17 years, Howard and Barbara had split their time between their home in Sidney by the Sea on Vancouver Island and on the family farm in Manitoba. It was here in Manitoba that they created a home which leaves us with everlasting memories and feelings of her presence. These feelings will continue to sustain us during this difficult time and for years to come.
The family would like to offer our sincerest thanks and gratitude to all the wonderful staff in the Dialysis Unit, Medicine Ward 1, and the Emergency Department at Selkirk Regional Health Centre for their exceptional and compassionate care that Barbara received over the past few months. All of the hospital staff went beyond what anyone could have expected. We will be forever grateful to you all.
At Barbara's request, a private celebration of her life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation for the Selkirk Regional Health Centre, in memory of Barbara Buffie. Donations may be made online at or via cheque to the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation, P.O Box 5000, 120 Easton Drive, Selkirk, MB R1A 2M2.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Sincere condolences as you grieve the loss of dear Barbara. We were so sad to hear of her passing. I have many memories of Barb in her Trustee role and as a personal friend. She was so proud of her beautiful daughters and their accomplishments. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. To Howard, the void will be great, but remember that the legacy that Barbara leaves will remain. Each of us will carry special memories of her in our hearts. The Scheer Family - Posted by: Gail Scheer (Friend and fellow School Trustee) on: May 12, 2021

  • My condolences to the Buffie family. We were neighbours for 20 years. Barb always had a smile for everyone and was a fun lady. Bev Hansell. - Posted by: Beverley Hansell (Friend) on: Apr 26, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Howard and the family in this difficult time. - Posted by: Verna Harris (Family friend) on: Apr 18, 2021

  • To Howard, Laura, Carolyn, Heather and your families, We are saddened to hear of Barbara’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult of times. This is a time for remembering. I will share that Barbara’s encouragement was instrumental in my decision of becoming a school trustee (2006-2018). Her continued support was valued and most appreciated. Barbara was a special person and her friendship wIll be missed. Take comfort in knowing others share your loss. With Our Deepest Condolences, Joe & Eva Prysizney - Posted by: Joe & Eva Prysizney (Friends) on: Apr 17, 2021

  • My condolences to Howard, Laura, Jeff, Taylor, Rachael, Carolyn, Heather, Dana and Quinn on your loss. I first met Barbara while on the River East School Division Board of Trustees in the 1980s and a friendship began and continued from there. I respected and appreciated her honesty and guidance not only in matters concerning trusteeship but in our many discussions. regarding varied topics. I am sure that, although you have suffered a tremendous loss, her memories that you hold dear in your hearts, will console and sustain you through these difficult times. Peace be with you, Barbara. - Posted by: Vicki Lazaruk (fellow school trustee and friend) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to Howard, Laura, Jeff, Taylor, Rachael, Carolyn, Heather, Dana and Quinn on your loss. Barbara became a very good friend while we served on the school board together. I am most grateful for her friendship then and through the ensuing years. I am sure that, although you have suffered a tremendous loss, her memories that you hold dear in your hearts, will console and sustain you through these difficult times. Peace be with you and with Barbara. - Posted by: Vicki Lazaruk (fellow school trustee and friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • In my years as a trustee for St Vital I met Barb many times. I respected her greatly for her work with MAST and her work for education in Manitoba. My condolences to her family. May you cherish your great memories of her. - Posted by: Bob Bruce (A trustee colleague) on: Apr 10, 2021

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