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Date of Passing: Jul 19, 2019

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July, 1949 - July, 2019

Barry Warrack died on Friday, July 19, 2019.
He will be remembered by his wife Jane Zoutman, son Christopher Warrack, daughter Sarah Warrack, granddaughter Adriana Warrack, sister Barbara Warrack, other
family, all his friends as well as the family dogs.
We wish to thank the staff at 3 North in the Grace Hospital for all the care he received in the past two months.
There will be no formal service, but a
celebration of Barry's life with the family and friends will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Heart & Stroke
Foundation of Manitoba.

Cremation & Funeral Planning

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 27, 2019

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • Barry being over 8 years older than me meant that I was not yet a teenager when he and Jane started dating. This was just fine to me, because he had a car! A big old heavy Chevy! In so many ways Barry became my big brother. Barry was a patient and generous guy. He took me golfing for my first time ever at Crescent Drive par 3 golf course. He loaned me a driver, a 5 iron and a putter. “All the clubs you really need” he said. Ok, sounded good to me! He helped me figure out how to grip the club which felt so odd at the time. Then the stance and how to “address the ball”. Such odd terminology! Barry teed off first. Nice hit! Didn’t look so hard! Then it was my turn. I gripped that club with a strangle hold that turned my knuckles white. I took my first ever swing and the ball did not move but I swung so hard that I lost my grip on the 5 iron I was choking to death and it went a reasonable distance down the fairway! Now golf is famous for the insane rage it can conjure up in people. After about 10 tries to hit the stupid ball I was reduced to a seething lunatic. But Barry kept his cool and suggested we walk along the fairway and try some shots closer to the green. That went somewhat better, at least the ball moved! After an Odyssey to get the ball on the green I got to try putting. Barry patiently showed me how to “read the green” whatever that means. And how to line up the putter, ball and hole for what seems like something so simple to accomplish, just tap that stupid ball into the stupid, but kind of little, hole. Not yet realizing that putting is about restraint, I whacked that ball clear off the green and into deep rough. That ball was never to be seen again. So it went for 9 very long holes. At the end of this ordeal I was exasperated and vowed I would never ever do that again. Barry just shrugged and we threw the clubs into the trunk of his heavy Chevy. After a short drive we arrived at what would calm me down very quickly, BDI!! After downing one of BDI’s succulent soft serve cones I was nicely cooled off and quickly forget about my harrowing golf experience. “When can we go again I asked?” “Next week maybe” Barry offered. And we did! For many many more times. I golfed regularly for most of my teenage years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I even had a summer membership at the Winnipeg Canoe Club course and would golf 36 holes a day! My bag with a growing set of Barry’s hand me down clubs would be slung over my back as I took my bike to the course every morning in summer. Whenever I think about golf and the pleasure I derived from it during those formative years I think always of Barry and of his generosity to share with me his love of the sport and his wonderful patience in teaching me how to “address the ball”. Thank you Barry for being such a wonderful big brother to me and loving husband, father, brother-in-law, grandfather and just a great friend. We all miss you very much. - Posted by: Dick Zoutman (Brother in law) on: Sep 14, 2019

  • My sympathies to Barry's family, we will miss him being at the centre and attending evening classes. - Posted by: Olivia (Reh-Fit Staff) on: Sep 04, 2019

  • My deepest sympathies to the family. Barry will be missed by all at pickleball. - Posted by: Derek Plouffe (Pickleball coordinator - Linden Woods Community Centre) on: Aug 19, 2019

  • I was so sorry to hear that Barry had passed away. I worked alongside Barry for many years at WCB. Always enjoyed hearing him sing while he worked! I know how much he loved his family, having heard many stories about his kids. He was so proud of them. I can still hear his distinctive laugh... - Posted by: Krista Breckman (Former coworker at WCB) on: Aug 07, 2019

  • My condolences to Jane and Barry's family. Barry was a colleague within the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) where we crossed paths several times. Barry was a quiet voice of reason. He often led others to better analyses and decisions through his insights and humour. He has made an indelible mark on the CES and on the evaluation profession in Canada. For that and many other contributions, he received the CES Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada in 2013. He was a proud representative of Manitoba and Manitobans. I wish I could leave as constructive a trace on the world as Barry has. - Posted by: Benoît Gauthier (Coleague) on: Aug 04, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathy to Barry's family. We so enjoyed our many years of knowing Barry and especially his wit when being on the racquetball courts. He had a great way of teasing us when he played and was always up for a game. We also enjoyed having the opportunities to sing with him in choirs over the years and we will miss him very much. Chris, our sympathies to you especially since we had lots of time with you and your dad on and off the courts. Love from us. - Posted by: Bettina and George Nyman (Friend) on: Aug 02, 2019

  • In one of my first racquetball tournaments I played doubles against Barry, setting the stage for our paths to cross regularly at competitions and Racquetball Canada meetings. Many of us in Saskatchewan grew to appreciate his contributions to our favourite sport, his friendship and his dry sense of humour. We have lots of memories and offer our sympathy to Chris, a former racquetball player, and the rest of Barry’s family. - Posted by: Darrell Davis (Friend) on: Jul 30, 2019

  • Hello Jane and family, I worked with Barry in the Dept. of Labour, Research Branch many years ago. Aside from working with Barry, I particularly remember a lovely outing (with my friend Joan McLeod and myself) and a nice visit with you and Barry out at your cottage. I live in Kelowna now and have remarried - formerly Louise Cooper, now Louise Adams. So sorry to hear of Barry's passing. My condolences to you and the family. He will be missed. - Posted by: Louise Adams (Former co-worker) on: Jul 28, 2019

  • My condolences to Jane and Barry's family. We were on the Racquetball Canada board together for many years and he was well respected by his peers. We also played as partners at the Nationals several times; he was a lot of fun on and off the court. Barry Moore, Lower Coverdale, NB - Posted by: Barry Moore (Racquetball Buddy) on: Jul 28, 2019

  • As the section head of the bass section of the Bison Men’s Chorus, I wanted to offer our condolences and say we will miss Barry as a significant contributor to our section and to the music produced by the Bison Men’s Chorus. His deep voice was one of only a few we have in the section. Barry has been with the Chorus many more years than I have but I happened to have attended Kelvin High School part of the time Barry was there and we were able to share some memories. - Posted by: Bob Dojack (Bison Men’s Chorus ) on: Jul 28, 2019

  • My deepest sympathies to Jane and family. - Posted by: Beverley Zubriski (Former co-worker of Jane) on: Jul 27, 2019

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