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Date of Passing: Jan 13, 2021

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January 13, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barry, loving husband, father, uncle, who passed away peacefully the morning of January 13, 2021, at the age of 87.
He leaves to mourn, his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara; daughters, Sandra and Sharon; nephew Steven Bannatyne (Jean, sons, Scott (Holly, son Graham) and Stewart (Jaclyn)); niece Linda Pashniak (widow of Dave Pashniak); nephew Scott Bannatyne of Vancouver, BC, and niece Susan Bannatyne of Melbourne, Australia. Barry was predeceased by his infant son Brian, and his elder brothers, Graham (and wife Lynn), Roderick (and wife Elsie), and William.
Barry was born and raised in Winnipeg; growing up in St. James and later settling down in Fort Garry after his marriage to Barbara where they enjoyed many years together with their close neighbours and friends. He graduated from St. James Collegiate in 1950, the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. (Hons) Geology in 1954 and a M.Sc. in 1959 after completing geological surveys of Rankin Inlet (NWT), Bernic Lake (MB) and Port Moody (BC).
Barry spent his entire 30-year career with the Geological Division of the Mines Branch, Province of Manitoba. He spent many summers tromping though marshes, climbing cliffs and camping among the stars, bears and black flies.
Barry had a lengthy retirement and enjoyed winters in Arizona and summers at Albert Beach. He loved reading books, listening to music, playing on his iPad and making jigsaw puzzles. Many hours were well spent in the lake-side screen porch. Visits from various fur family members were always a highlight.
Barry will be interred in the family plot at St. John's Cathedral. A small reception with family will be held sometime in the spring.
Thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Health Sciences Centre for the kind care and support for the family. Special thanks as well, to Dr. C. Lowden for his kind words and advice.
Flowers are gratefully declined and in lieu, donations may be made to the United Way of Winnipeg, 580 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1C7.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I remember Barry as a gentle man with a wide variety of interests and the gift of being forever curious, which is the hallmark of good scientist. During his long career as a geologist with the Manitoba Geological Survey, Barry undertook a wide variety of projects that were always done with thoroughness and excellence. Although we worked in different fields of geology, I always heeded his advice and input on my projects. Barry was “old school” in his approach to work and social relationships and I will always remember him with fondness. My condolences to Barbara, Sandra and Sharon. - Posted by: Alan Bailes (Co-worker) on: Jan 21, 2021

  • Barbara - my condolences to you, Sandra and Sharon. Be good to yourselves and share your memories. Betty Turnock - Posted by: Betty Turnock (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • Barbara - my condolences to you, Sandra and Sharon. Be good to yourselves and share your memories. Betty Turnock - Posted by: Betty Turnock (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • I was just beginning my career as a petroleum geologist when I worked with Barry. He was always generous in imparting his knowledge to me in his quiet manner. As a young professional, I greatly appreciated his mentorship. I know he loved his family dearly and spoke of them often. My thoughts and prayers are to Barry’s family at this time. It was an honour to know Barry. He was a kind man and a true gentleman. Carol Martiniuk - Posted by: Carol Martiniuk (Colleague ) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • My memories of Barry are of a warm, uncomplicated, knowledgeable person with a very well-developed and keen sense of humour. We first met in October of 1965 when I joined the Manitoba Geological Services group (now Manitoba Geological Survey). We had a shared interest in ultramafic rocks and nickel deposits based on his MSc. thesis on the Rankin Inlet Ni-deposit. He was a most unflappable person whose take on Fridays was different from the traditional TGIF, his take was POITS day (piss on it tomorrow is Saturday). Although we didn't work in the same field, I was an admirer of his work in industrial minerals, particularly of his seminal work on high-calcium limestones of Manitoba. Mary and I extend our heart-felt condolences to Barbara, Sandra and Sharon. - Posted by: Scoates Jon and Mary (Colleague and friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

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