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Born: Oct 26, 1953

Date of Passing: Jul 26, 2021

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October 26, 1953 – July 26, 2021

Sadly we announce that Dave passed away on July 26, 2021 at the age of 67.
Dave is survived by three brothers, Paul (Kim, deceased), Steve (Ruth) and Alan (Barb); nephews, Alex (Sara), Tom (Angela), Jeff (Arielle), and Colin (Rebecca); nieces, Laura and Carolyn (Adam); great-nephews, Luke and Theo, and great-nieces, Ellie and Nora.
Dave was adored by his family and was a special brother and uncle who will be sorely missed. A child at heart, he formed special bonds with all of his nieces and nephews. He had a special ability to relate to them as peers, with some of them affectionately referring to him as "Uncle Baby". He brought a quirky irreverence to everything that lightened and brightened all of our lives.
One of Dave's great passions in life was film. He made an indelible impression on the Manitoba arts scene as Senior Programmer for the Winnipeg Cinematheque for almost 40 years. News of his death prompted an outpouring of love and support for Dave as a humble, generous, and kind soul who helped nurture the growth and vitality of Winnipeg's film community.
Dave's family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by visiting his tribute page at A photo-biography, as well as memories and stories published by those who know him, are available there. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
In memory of Dave, donations would be appreciated to the "Dave Barber Feature Filmmaking Fund" at the Winnipeg Film Group:

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 14, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Dear Members of the family and friends of Dr. Barber, I offer you my most sincere condolences and wish to pay tribute to Dr. Barber's contribution as a fine scholar and outstanding researcher. His work in the North was trailblazing and will long be recognized for its valuable contribution to our understanding of the Arctic--which is itself a key to our identity as Canadians. He was an excellent colleague and I offer you my thoughts and prayers at this time on behalf of the many researchers who had the opportunity to know and to collaborate with him over the years. Sincerely yours, Roseann O'Reilly Runte - Posted by: roseann o'reilly runte (colleague) on: Apr 21, 2022

  • I met Dave in the Fall of 1986 when I was working with Sheldon Oberman on "House of the Wind" . I was immediately taken with his warmth and genuine interest in what Sheldon and I were hoping to achieve with the film. Our friendship grew through our mutual love of music. When he told me he had seen Mott the Hoople at the Roundhouse and Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight I immediately put him on my musicologist pedestal. We went to many concerts together and I probably enjoyed his post concert analysis more than the concert itself .ie "Why are people expecting "Heart of Gold" when he is playing with Crazy Horse." I will miss his presence and his energy. Peace to Dave and his Family - Posted by: Byron Gislason (Friend) on: Aug 15, 2021

  • Such fond memories of Dave while working with him. He was so patient with me while learning the ropes. Became good friends that lasted through the years. My thoughts and prayers go out to his brothers and their families. - Posted by: Marlene (Friend and former coworker) on: Aug 14, 2021

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