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Born: Aug 18, 1941

Date of Passing: Jun 28, 2021

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M.B., B.S., F.R.C.S
August 18, 1941 - June 28, 2021

It is with deep love, but great sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of our father, our "Gentle Giant", our "Boss'', our "Big Guy" on June 28, 2021.
KB is survived by his children, Steven; Angela (Claude), Belinda (Kevin), Rachael (David); his grandchildren, Kari, Stefanie (Adam), Celine, Julien, Cayden, Abby and Finley; his great-grandchildren, Alita, Olivia and Remington; his brother Noshir (Goolu); his niece Dinah and countless friends. He was predeceased by his father Bhicaji, his mother Pilla, his sister Villi, and 319 days ago, the love of his life Mary, his wife of 42 years.
KB was born in Pakistan, where his father was a bank cashier and his mother was a housewife. Despite losing his father at an early age, he attended school and medical college in Karachi. To further his medical studies, he moved to England in 1966 and then to Saskatoon in 1968. He spent time training in Calgary and Fargo and eventually moved to Winnipeg in 1971 for a residency in pediatric orthopaedics. In 1973 he began his practice at Winnipeg Clinic, where he dedicated 47 years to his patients. During his career he held staff appointments at the Grace, Concordia and Seven Oaks hospitals in Winnipeg. He served as Head of Orthopaedics at Seven Oaks as well as Head of Surgery.
KB chose to be a doctor because he wanted to help as many people as he could. His patients were so important to him, that while in failing health himself, he insisted on going to the Clinic because "his patients needed him." Whenever his name comes up another telling of what a compassionate and caring doctor he was quickly follows.
KB met his soul mate Mary when she was assigned to be his nurse at the Clinic. Mary was a single mom of three young daughters. Undaunted, he enthusiastically took on the greatest challenge of his life, and they married in 1978. Eighteen months later, they welcomed their son Steven Darius.
Mary and KB loved to travel whenever they could – to Europe, on cruises, and their favourite places – Mexico and Vegas. He enjoyed fishing, live theatre and Broadway musicals, and was an avid reader, particularly Westerns and spy novels.
KB was the most gentle soul you could ever hope to meet. He made kindness seem effortless. He was a big guy on the outside but had an even bigger heart. He loved to think he was funny and would joke around with anyone willing to humour him. He was an incredibly generous man always willing to help a friend in need as he was happiest when doing things for others. Family and friends, near and far, meant the world to him – he cherished every one of you.
The family would like to thank Holy Family Care Home, St. Johns Unit for their incredibly compassionate care of our dad over the last nine months, especially the final few weeks of his life while we said our last goodbyes.
A private viewing has been held and a gathering will take place in his memory at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in KB's memory to Holy Family Home via or Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation.

Grief is just love with nowhere to go.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 03, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with KB since his arrival in Winnipeg. During my tenure as Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Manitoba, KB was a reliable and talented teacher of medical student orthopaedic clinics. It was a pleasure having known both KB and Mary. They made a positive difference! Condolances to the family. Per Ardua ad Astra. Merv Letts - Posted by: R Merv Letts (Colleague and Friend) on: Jul 30, 2021

  • Stephen, Angela, Belinda and Rachael (grandchildren and great-grandchildren). I have just learned, with great sadness, of KB’s passing, so short a time after losing Mary. I have fond memories of when Aziz (deceased) and I would attend get togethers at their home. They were good hosts. On behalf of Omar and myself please accept our sincere condolences. Big hug to Abby and Finley from Nevada. Fondly remembered by Audrey and family - Posted by: Audrey Khan (Friend) on: Jul 13, 2021

  • Dr. B. was an awesome doctor. I will greatly miss him. If it wasn't for him and his skills my hands and feet would not work. I told him many times he was my hero and I will miss our conversations dearly. It is a sad day for myself and the medical profession as we will never see another such compassionate and dedicated soul! You will be missed greatly. - Posted by: Tammy Gemon (Patient) on: Jul 07, 2021

  • K.B. was a longtime colleague of my late husband Richard at the Winnipeg Clinic. He was just a wonderful man, kind, compassionate, capable and often very, very funny! My daughters and I thought the world of him. He will be missed by many and always remembered. - Posted by: Carol Macoomb (Friend) on: Jul 07, 2021

  • Mark Morgan and I were good friends with your parents. I was so sad to hear of KB’s passing. He was a dear man, who was very proud of his family. May he Rest In Peace. Anna Johnston - Posted by: Anna Johnston (Friend) on: Jul 06, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to the family on the loss of KB. As WRHA head of Orthopaedic Surgery, I speak on behalf of the orthopaedic community in gratitude for his many years as a valued and trusted physician who helped so many patients. We also will miss his kind and gentle personality. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Peter MacDonald (Colleague) on: Jul 06, 2021

  • Please accept my sincere sympathy in the passing of your father and grandfather. I got to know KB when he was doing his residency in orthopaedics in Saskatoon. A group of us, along with his good friend Kamil Kazi, spent many good times together. I had the privilege of attending the wedding of your Mom and KB and was so saddened to hear of your mother's passing recently. May the healing gift of time carry you gently through the loss you are feeling now. Sincerely, Donna McMeekin (nee Yakel) - Posted by: Donna McMeekin (Friend) on: Jul 03, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Dr. Baria's family. He was a excellent orthopedic surgeon and a pleasure to work with. - Posted by: Katharine Ewatski (R.N) on: Jul 03, 2021

  • Sorry for your loss family of De, Baria. I met him in Winnipeg in 1975 when my father was in a car accident and he became his doctor for many later. Dr. Baria was a great doctor and a lot of help. Our condolences. - Posted by: Herman Ballast (none--former docter to my father) on: Jul 03, 2021

  • I worked with Dr. Baria many years ago in the OR at Seven Oaks. I remember him as a very kind, pleasant man ALWAYS. In fact, I was just thinking about Seven Oaks OR a few days ago and he was one of the people who came to mind I am very certain he will be missed My condolences to the family - Posted by: Georgia Mark (I worked with Dr. Baria in the OR at Seven Oaks Hospital ) on: Jul 03, 2021

  • I 1st met Dr. Baria as a young nurse @ Concordia ER. Regardless of what time of day or night, he was called, he always was so kind & respectful, to patients and staff. And yes, he had that wry sense of humor that you got to know after a while. Then, I worked with him for years at Seven Oaks, as manager of Orthopedics. There, too, he was greatly respected by staff. Often, after spending the day on his feet, in the OR, you could tell he was tired and he'd sit at the desk, relaxing awhile, & staff would update him on his patients. Then he would make his rounds & never made his patients feel like he was in a rush. After a serious knee injury, while out of town, I called Maxine, she tracked him down and he called me at home, shortly after. Come on in to Seven Oaks, as he was at the Cast clinic. I went there, he saw me, & I needed to go to the OR. Later that afternoon, I went to the OR , where he did a major repair & 36 yrs. later that knee has been great, thanks to his skill & excellent care. Rest in peace Dr. Baria. I have always had the greatest respect for you. You are greatly missed. - Posted by: Michele Boyd (nee Shelley Cherniuk) (RN- Concordia ER,Mgr. SOGH Ortho/Patient,/Friend) on: Jul 03, 2021

  • I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Baria. My deepest condolences. I had been a patient for many years. KP was a wonderful compassionate physician/surgeon and human being. He made this world a better place. He will be missed. - Posted by: Jamie Dunlop (patient) on: Jul 03, 2021

  • Dr. Baria fixed my feet for me twice and gave me 40 more years of walking he has been in the top of my prayers for many years. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Pat Steele (patient) on: Jul 03, 2021

  • The world suffered a huge loss with the passing of Dr. B. He took incredible care of my mother for decades. Kind, compassionate, funny, caring professional. His legacy will carry on in all the people he encountered. May his memory be a blessing. - Posted by: Karen T Grant (daughter of former patient) on: Jul 03, 2021

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