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After a valiant struggle with cancer, Barry passed away peacefully at the Riverview Health Centre at the age of 68. His passing is mourned by his partner and love of his life, June; stepchildren, Jarrod and Robyn (Brad); grandchildren, Charlotte and Tommy; sister Linda (John), brother Tom (Gail); nephews, Neil (Patti), Warren (Misty), Palmer and Paige; father-in-law Peter (Flo); sisters-in-law, Nancy (Jim), Shawna (Dave) and their families, as well as many close and lifelong friends. He was predeceased by his father Neil, mother Berthe and sister Beverley.
Barry grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from Dakota Collegiate. Shortly after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce, Barry started a career with the federal government. He soon realized he was better suited as an entrepreneur and had many successful business ventures resulting in early retirement.
Barry's accomplishments were many. He had the drive, discipline and insight at a very early age to successfully accomplish his chosen goals in life. He was academically gifted, avid outdoorsman and astute businessman. Barry was a humble man who appreciated his blessings. He was fun and courageous, always ready to embrace life's challenges.
Barry excelled at any sport he played including baseball, hockey and golf. His years playing center field for St. Boniface Legionnaires and Native Sons were memorable. Teammates and opponents alike admired his powerful arm, bat and overall talent but mostly respected his strong character. Barry was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame June 2017.
Hunting was an integral part of Barry's life and he proudly displayed his trophies. After his diagnosis, with the encouragement and support of his core group, he continued to enjoy as many hunts as possible. Barry's illness did not deter him from living life to the fullest. Barry and June loved to travel. They enjoyed many trips to Mexico and Las Vegas, but their highlight was watching the Toronto Blue Jays play in Toronto and Minneapolis. Coffee and chocolate in bed were a morning ritual, while Barry perused the newspaper and completed the puzzles. They spent many hours together playing crib and scrabble, but truly enjoyed the very spirited and fun family crib nights.
Barry will be dearly missed and all the beautiful memories of him will live in our hearts forever.
A special thanks to Dr. Pitz and the staff at Cancercare Manitoba, as well as the palliative care staff at the Riverview Health Centre.
At Barry's request, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date when larger groups are permitted to gather.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 27, 2021
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
I worked for Barry at Petro-Canada for several months, starting roughly around the early fall of '91. In my interview for the job, Barry was extremely personable, and had asked about my family dog; which was an English Springer Spaniel - to which Barry let me know about how they can be an excellent hunting dog, but they've got too much energy and a friend of his had one and it tore up the upholstery of his friend's truck. In that same interview, we also talked about the Blue Jays, and I'm pretty sure this was right around the time that they'd gotten knocked out of the playoffs by the Twins. Working for Barry - and I didn't realize it then - was nothing short of awesome. I've always been a person who asks a ton of questions, and since Barry loved sports, and was a walking encyclopedia about the subject, I knew that on shifts when he was filling in for someone (running the cash register), it was going to be a great evening! I remember his specific takes about why Gary Suter was actually better than Al MacInnis earlier on their respective careers, why Mario Lemieux was a more dangerous goal-scorer than Wayne Gretzky, why Roberto Alomar was about as good as Ken Griffey Jr., why Brad Park was as important to the Rangers as Bobby Orr was to the Bruins, how great the Habs of the '70s were, as were the Islanders. I was surprised to see that he had a huge David Robinson poster in his basement at one time; Christmas party for staff in '91. He also spoke about his being a fan (at one time) of John Denver, his hunting, and his love of playing sports; specifically baseball in University. Perhaps I'm remembering incorrectly, but I swore he mentioned doing some hockey scouting at one point. And he gave precise reasons as to how and why he thought whatever on any subject under the sun. That's what I appreciated the most. He cared about the details. I think it was very important to him. I would take some of those skills and apply them myself. He was very influential to me. I thought about him recently, and unfortunately, just found out that he had passed away. I just wanted to say thank you Barry! I'm very grateful to have known you. - Posted by: Robert Doiron (Petro-Canada Staff) on: Oct 30, 2021
I thought of some more "Barry songs": "Only Love Can Break a Heart", "Elusive Butterfly", "He'll Have to Go", "I'm a Drifter", "Only the Lonely"' "Love Me Tender", "It's Over". That makes an album. I also neglected to include "golf courses" in my description of St. Vital. I only ever talked about golf with Barry though; I never actually played with him. - Posted by: Jim Waite (friend and classmate) on: Apr 30, 2021
My condolences to Barry’s family and friends. A life well loved and lived 🤍💙🤍💙🤍 - Posted by: Leslie Rupp (Friend) on: Apr 27, 2021
Barry was a good friend and classmate of mine pretty much from when my family moved to Pulberry in the summer of 1960 and I was enrolled in Hastings Elementary right through to graduation from grade 12 at Dakota in 1970; so from age 8-18, a pretty formative time. The 60s! We were extremely lucky to grow up in the idyllic world of new St. Vital at that time, with its young families, extensive patches of bush (check that '69 yearbook!), rivers, parks, tall grass prairie; you couldn't have done better. I doubt there was more than a two-week period during those 10 years when Barry and I didn't cross paths and exchange a laugh or encouraging words. To me Barry was the epitome of confidence, Mr. Photogenic. I need some help from him on some of the memories, but not all. I can't quite remember when he moved over from St. Eugene Catholic School to Hastings Elementary, but I know he excelled at French - partly from there, I'm sure. He also excelled at math. We had the same teachers at Hastings: Mrs. Dalgleish (music - "Men of Harlech", "Skye boat song", "White birds"), Mr. Treidler (social studies), Mrs. Stanger (math?), Mrs. Olczewecki (English?), Mr. Tetr(e)ault (French, home room, anthem en francais pour commencer le jour), Mr. Williamson(!) (English); who was that art teacher?, who was science? (I can't really recall the ones from the Pulberry side, with the inkwells, sticked straight pens and chocolate/white milk deliveries)(chocolate, please). For sure there was playing marbles in the school yard after school (crystal crocs!); playing work-your-way-up in the school yard (give it to the game!); soccer in the school yard in winter with the orange vinyl balls; finishing behind him in class school-yard sprints; going long for a football pass from him ("go long" - "longer"); watching him skate, stickhandle and shoot at Norberry with a scarf tied over his head and under his chin on a freezing evening; meeting "Bobby Hull" skating there (his laughing description of his dad); getting a ride on his handlebars on Dunkirk; remembering he liked "Lightning Strikes", "Cara Mia", "My Love", "Ruby Tuesday", "Listen People"' "Sure Gonna Miss Her", "See You in September"; having him repeatedly tell me I still wasn't pronouncing "dough ta" quite right when I was singing "Mrs. Brown"; agreeing we liked a song called "Sandy", last heard on the radio around 1964/5 (but who was it by?)(not the one by Bobby Curtola); laughing at our juvenile nicknames for people (as well as ourselves); playing on soccer teams together at Hastings and Dakota: playing (I think) tin-can cricket on Pulberry beside his place on Arden; getting absolutely flattened by him in the wrestling component of gym class at Dakota (I would have to get him :( ); him telling me he always had a big bonfire to burn up all his notes after school ended for the year...and, I nearly forgot, last and least, playing a rousing game or two of tiddly winks on a sweater stretched over a desktop after class at Dakota :) After the golden years of youth, I remember pulling up next to him driving my taxi on St. Mary's Rd. while he had his girlfriend in his car (no fair); meeting him when he worked at Manpower at Ellice and Edmonton; talking to him at length at the PetroCan he managed at No. 1 and Lagimodiere in the 90s when I was going golfing with a co-worker; and, finally, at the little reunion at Kildonan Park in 2012 or so, where I received another of his bone-crusher handshakes. Honestly, I was absolutely shocked to see his notice in the paper, because he was always such a fit guy. However, as he would say: "I venture to say" he had a very full life - though I'm sure he wanted a lot more. It really surprised me that he was one of the younger ones in the grade all through school, because I always admired Barry's maturity. He was that rare combination of a great student and a great athlete. - Posted by: Jim Waite (friend and classmate) on: Apr 09, 2021
I met Barry in 2013 when he joined the South Winnipeg Seniors Slo-Pitch organization. He also joined my seniors hockey team Charlies Angels that fall and played with us for 2 seasons. Barry was an excellent ballplayer and hockey player. My favorite memory was a two day tournament in Altona with the Winnipeg South Legends team. In the final game Barry hit a grand slam for a come from behind victory. I remember Barry as friendly and kind. He is missed. - Posted by: Gary Johnson (baseball and hockey) on: Mar 01, 2021
So sorry to hear about Berry’s passing. My condolences to his family. My dad and Berry were friends in my early years and then lost contact as I grew older. I have spent years trying to find Berry and reconnect with no luck. My biggest memory was hanging out at the golf club and going to Grand Forks and Fargo with Berry when I was younger. He will be missed but memories live on a lifetime. - Posted by: Bridget Johnson (God Daughter ) on: Feb 28, 2021
A few years ago after a ball game, Barry and I, who were basically strangers started chitchatting. This was several months after my wife had died from glioblastoma. He informed me that he was fighting cancer. We spoke for awhile and I was so impressed with his honesty and compassion. Always remember Barry as a gentle, sincere person. He will be missed. - Posted by: Jim Chester (baseball competitors) on: Feb 27, 2021
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