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Date of Passing: Oct 01, 2021

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Barry Swanton in Langley, BC, on October 1, 2021, shortly after celebrating his 83rd birthday.
Barry is survived by Irene, his wife of 59 years; his three children, Kelly, Dean and Jane and their spouses; as well as his three grandchildren, Lauren, Landon and Regan.
Barry and Irene moved to the West Coast over 30 years ago, but his hometown of Winnipeg was still in his heart, and he had many cherished memories there. Playing multiple sports as a youth, and coaching both hockey and baseball for many years, he made a positive impact on everyone he met in the local sporting community.
After a long career as a supervisor with Canada Post in Winnipeg and Surrey, BC, where he formed many friendships and became a mentor to many, Barry turned to writing for his next chapter in life. In retirement, he became a published author, penning two historical books about baseball in Manitoba, his strongest passion. This led to his greatest honour: induction into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006, as a testament to his dedication and positive contributions to the sport in his home province. In 2007, Barry also received the Griffin Award from the Surrey International Writers Conference, for contributions to Canadian society through the craft of writing.
Barry was rarely seen without his Cleveland Indians baseball cap on. As a dedicated Indians fan, Barry realized a lifelong dream in 2015 when he travelled to Cleveland with his son-in-law Marco to watch his beloved Tribe play ball on their home field. It was also a lifelong dream to see the Indians win the World series for the first time since 1948; we will be thinking of Barry if they ever achieve it and will celebrate with root beers and teen burgers in his honour.
Barry had an infectious, full-body laugh, and was always known as a gentle soul blessed with patience, honesty, integrity, and kindness. He will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.
Due to the restrictions of Covid, there will be a small gathering with immediate family to celebrate Barry's amazing character and achievements throughout his life.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Irene and Family We were so sorry to have read about Barry's passing. We often thought about you and wondered how you were. We so enjoyed the last time we saw you when we were in White Rock and met you for coffee. So sorry we had lost touch. Our thoughts and prayers and with all of you at this sad time. Fred and Gerry Trapp - Posted by: Fred and Gerry Trapp (Friends) on: Oct 22, 2021

  • Our family had the privilege of living next door to Barry and Irene in BC, for nearly 20 years. Barry was the most wonderful, kind person you could ever meet. He was incredibly devoted to his family, sports and the community. We will always remember him. Sending our thoughts to his family. From Bill, Julie, Chelsea, Jessica and Megan. - Posted by: Julie McQuarrie (Neighbour) on: Oct 17, 2021

  • I was saddened to hear about Barry's passing. We had kept in touch on a regular basis, but not for the past few months. I frequently refer to his book on the ManDak League for research purchases. When he was inducted into Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, I was pleased to be able to attend and offer my personal congratulations. - Posted by: Kent Morgan (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2021

  • Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Whether it be at the Community Centre, North Winnipeg Minor Hockey or Legion 141 baseball, Barry made us both laugh. Stuart and Warren - Posted by: The Chubey Brothers (Friends) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • It was so sad to hear of Barry's passing today. I just recently tried to get a hold of him but wasn't successful. The last time I saw him was in the mid 90s and he was in great spirits, living on the west coast. Barry was my hockey coach a number of years and was a time to remember. We had a great team and he was a great leader. I remember so many games, playing in -35 outside at the C.U.A.C. rink. Having to clear the ice before the game so we could play and clearing it afters so they could flood the ice for the next day. We'll miss you Barry, All the best to his family and sorry for your loss! - Posted by: Randy Komar (old friend) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • Barry was my hockey coach from Playground to Midget hockey at C.U.A.C. in the north end. That is when hockey was played out of doors. I fondly remember those days of shovelling the rink before and after practice. If it was snowing we may have shovelled numerous times. In those days Barry was young, didn’t have a car. We would all take the bus together to get to away games. I can still see Barry in my mind, with his garbage mitts and railroad cap pulled over his ears. He never wore a toque like the rest of us. Great memories of a really nice guy. My condolences his family. - Posted by: Scott Johnston (Hockey coach) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to your family on your tragic loss. We pray that memories of happier times will see you through your time of grief! "God gave us memory so we might enjoy roses in winter." Would love to hear from you when you are up to it. - Barb and Bob - Posted by: Bob & Barbara Strong (First cousins (Barb)) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • Although I didn’t get to know Barry, his son Dean was a student of mine back at St. John’s High School. Clearly Barry gained many attributes from his dad. My sincerest condolences to Dean and his family. - Posted by: Bud Ulrich (Friend ) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • I enjoyed the years Barry and I worked together as supervisors in the Winnipeg Post Office back in the Sixties. My condolences to his family, friends and baseball fans from a lifelong Yankee and Goldeye fan. Mike Bonnie - Posted by: Mike Bonnie (Fellow worker and baseball fan) on: Oct 16, 2021

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