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REVEREND CANON BARRY JAMES BEAR (GOOD VOICE EAGLE)

Born: Oct 02, 1942

Date of Passing: Feb 01, 2021

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REVEREND CANON BARRY JAMES BEAR
GOOD VOICE EAGLE
October 2, 1942 - February 1, 2021

On Monday, February 1, 2021, a special Angel went home to be with the Lord, with his wife and children by his side, Barry passed away at the age of 78, at the Percy E. Moore Hospital.
Survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Freda; children, Shari (Ryan), Desmond (Dawn), and Dale (Jacinta); grandchildren, Parker, Skyler, Logan, Emma, Edward, Kassidy, and his baby Bethany.
Predeceased by his parents, Agnes and Archie; brothers, Andrew and Len; sisters, Mary and Bertha; godchild Adam Stranger, and niece Amber Bear.
After leaving Peguis he went to residential school in Portage. In the summer months he enjoyed working and staying with his special family Mabel and Roy Woods in Carmen.
Barry and Freda eventually moved to Hay River, N.W.T., working for Freshwater Fisheries, then moved to Pine Point, N.W.T. to work at the Cominco Mines.
In 1981 they decided to move home to Peguis. There he did plumbing for Peguis First Nation and started farming. He was devoted to the church, so much so, that when the Elders asked him to be their minister he did not hesitate to do so. In 1992 he was ordained a deacon and the next year was ordained a Priest.
Barry loved serving the Creator and helping His people as much as he could. He was a member of Rupertsland Indigenous Council. He also sat on the Diocesan Council for the Anglican Church.
For the past 10 years he also served as a community Fund Trustee for the Peguis Treaty Land Entitlement.
In 2016 Barry was forced to retire his service to the church, due to his illness. Although he continued to work whenever he was able.
Wake service will be on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. No viewing. Both will be held at the St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Peguis, Manitoba. Reverend Godfree Mawijjie and Bishop Geoff Woodcroft officiating
The family would like to thank Peguis First Nation; doctors, Bueti, Gill and Silha; to Dialysis Unit at H.S.C., Selkirk, and Ashern, and to the staff at Percy E. Moore Hospital for their wonderful care given to Barry in his last days. To everyone for their thoughts and prayers and to those who donated food for our family, thank you all.

FISHER FUNERAL HOME INC.
Entrusted with arrangements.
204-372-6803 o4 204-372-6271

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 03, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I had the pleasure of knowing Barry and his wonderful family over the years when they would come for appts at the MB Clinic. He was a amazing and wonderful person and always had a smile on his face each time I seen him. He and his family were always my favorites and always looked forward to seeing them. My deepest and sincere condolences to the family. May he rest in peace. He will be greatly missed... - Posted by: Donna Kozminski (friend) on: Feb 19, 2021

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you Shari, Ryan and Logan. I know it was a long hard battle. Shari I remember you speaking of Dad often and I am glad I was able to do what little I could to help. Take care and remember the good times he gave you. Alvin Keppler - Posted by: Alvin Keppler (Family friend) on: Feb 05, 2021

  • We and our community will miss Barry. He was part of our lives' joyous and sad occasions and his support through his words and actions always let us know he cared for all of us. Thank you Freda and family for sharing him with us all. May the Great Creator guide and strengthen you during your grief and the lonely days to follow. Though Covid kept us apart, you were always near in our hearts and thoughts. In friendship and love, Jim and Karen - Posted by: Karen and Jim Wastasecoot (friends) on: Feb 05, 2021

  • I had the honour of getting to know Barry and his beautiful wife Freda when I worked for the Diocese of Rupert's Land and sat with him on the Rupert's Land Indigenous Council in the early 2000's. I remember him as a gentle, loving soul, always with a smile and a kind word. I am sure his passing will leave a void in the hearts of all who loved and knew him. May he rest in peace in the arms of the Lord. - Posted by: B. Diane Skalenda (Former colleague ) on: Feb 04, 2021

  • My parents are Roy & Mabel Wood, and while I never had the pleasure of meeting Barry, I have heard many wonderful stories of his time with our family. They tried to keep up with his whereabouts over the years, and were so pleased to see what a beautiful life he lead. We are all sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace and may his family and friends find comfort in the beautiful memories they have of times spent together with Barry. - Posted by: CarolAnn Dracass (nee Wood) (Family of Family Friend) on: Feb 03, 2021

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