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Born: Sep 26, 1960

Date of Passing: Oct 26, 2021

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September 26, 1960 - October 26, 2021

Paul passed away at home on October 26, 2021 with his wife Jacinta at his side. Paul had a valiant fight with esophageal cancer and was still hopeful for treatment until his final days. Since being diagnosed, he missed his work but he was happy to get extra time with his grandson Davy. He spent lots of time with Davy outside, walking down Wellington Crescent. He is survived by his loving wife, Jacinta as well as his two children, Lyra and David. His eldest sister Rosemary passed away in 2018 but his other sisters, Marianne and Carmen mourn his passing.
Paul was born and lived his life in Winnipeg. He was always proud of his parents, Paul and Else Barchet. In childhood he delivered groceries with his wagon for the family business, Barchet's Grocery, in
Wolseley. He and his family attended St. Peter's Lutheran Church where he met his lifetime friends, Brian and Rob. Paul felt that his education at St. Paul's High School was indispensable for doing well in university. He was still quoting Shakespeare from his University of Winnipeg English class until he met his own "gloomy shade of death".
Paul's post-high school rebellion included working at Coldstream as a sheet metal worker. After a life-changing car accident, he sold his stereo, moved back home and started university. He initially planned to go into nursing, but because he had to take chemistry he thought he might as well do medical school. While in medical school, he met Jacinta and married into a large, loud, extended family. He loved Jacinta's slight Portuguese accent and he enjoyed the company of his in-laws, John, Emmanuel, Joe and Lucia and their spouses.
After completing his medical training at the University of Manitoba he thought he would do orthopedic surgery but made the paradoxical choice and went into psychiatry. He worked at SMHC for over 25 years, eventually becoming Medical Director and continued in that role until his retirement in 2016. He also worked at the IRHA with a big vibrant team, covered call for the CSU in Selkirk and went up north, specifically to Norway House working with Ed and Ida for years.
Paul had many foibles including cigars, Appflecorn, collecting CDs, and buying computer parts. He liked to tinker on his boat and would prefer to do everything himself around the house. He was a homebody who loved to work on his computers, research purchases for himself and others and listen to prog-rock loudly. He did step outside the house to go to the cottage, travel with family, and went on several cruises. Many fond memories were made on these trips. While travelling he preferred to spend the whole time roasting himself in the sun while he read Sci-Fi. Above all, he loved his family and before he passed, he felt he had lived a good life.
Celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 2, 2021. To register your attendance please RSVP by visiting Paul's tribute page at RSVP is important as space will be limited. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required upon arrival.
Paul'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 knew him, are available there.

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Publish Date: Oct 30, 2021


September 26, 1960 - October 26, 2021

Paul passed away peacefully at home on October 26, 2021.
Longer obituary with Celebration of Life details to follow in the Free Press on Saturday, October 30.
Publish Date: Oct 28, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 28, 2021, Oct 29, 2021, Oct 30, 2021

Condolences & Memories (28 entries)

  • We would like to express our condolences for the passing of Paul. He made a difference, which is the highest compliment a person can be paid. May he rest in peace and may all of us know that this world is a better place, because of Paul's love, caregiving and support to others. Sending our love to Jacinta, Lyra, David and the rest of the extended family. - Posted by: Lang Family (Friends of David ) on: Nov 24, 2021

  • I was very saddened to hear of Paul's untimely death. Although I hadn't seen him for years, I have fond memories of quirky conversations with him during med school, and of hearing his deep belly laugh as he chuckled at the absurdities of life. My sincere condolences to his wife and family. - Posted by: Ferrukh Faruqui (classmate) on: Nov 22, 2021

  • David, Jacinta and Lyra, I am so sorry to hear of your heartfelt condolences to each of you.... - Posted by: Susanne Leslie (Friend of his son, David.) on: Nov 17, 2021

  • A belated condolence Jacinta, but not less thoughtful or sympathetic for you and your family. You and Paul have always had an immensely sweet and confident place within our family. Jill & Hanna have many conversations with adoration and grateful memories. Please know, the weight and warmth of our support, you are always in our thoughts. xo - Posted by: Lysa & Greg Patterson (Friends/co-worker) on: Nov 16, 2021

  • My wife Luba & I just learnt about Paul’s passing last night. Although it wasn’t unexpected it still fills our hearts with sadness. We have fond memories of our many social interactions-parties in particular- where Paul’s sense of humour was one of the main ingredients. I had the privilege of working with Paul at SMHC for 17 years. He had the unique ability to be your colleague, your medical director and your friend at the same time. He somehow always found the way to resolve challenging situations at work with respect towards all staff members. Sometimes when I had to deal with a frustrating situation I thought to myself: “I wonder how Paul would handle this....”. He was too young to leave. May he rest in peace. Jacinta, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Julius & Luba Alexy - Posted by: Dr. Julius Alexy (Colleague ) on: Nov 04, 2021

  • He was my psychiatrist through CSU Selkirk and Mobile Crisis Unit Selkirk....Sorry for your loss and he was good person..... - Posted by: Christina Julie Morrell (Psychiatrist) on: Nov 04, 2021

  • So sad that a man with so much to give has his life cut short. My deepest condolences to Jacinta and family. He was a pleasure to work with. My thoughts are with you. RIP Paul. - Posted by: Sharon Bissonnette (Colleague) on: Nov 03, 2021

  • Always enjoyed Dr. B's sense of humour and his laugh. Rest in peace. Sending condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Suzanne Hrynyk Hrynyk (Former Co-worker) on: Nov 03, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to the Barchet family. I was privileged to work with Paul for 15 years at SMHC. He was a compassionate doctor who advocated for better conditions for all patients and was deeply committed to their well-being. He was a staunch ally and advocate for staff to have the resources they needed to do their work. - Posted by: Mary Holmen (co-worker at SMHC) on: Nov 02, 2021

  • I am so sad to hear about Paul. I have always remembered my last interaction with him late one evening when we were residents at HSC in Winnipeg, I was pregnant with my second child and he laughed and told me all the challenges of two children! I recently passed on his quote to my son having his second child. How lovely Paul had the joy of becoming a grandfather. He was a wonderful, kind and happy classmate. My sincere condolences to all his family. - Posted by: Jan (Canvin) Stocks (Classmate) on: Nov 01, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to Jacinta and family. May God gives you all courage and strength to go through this very difficult time, - Posted by: Lise Plouffe (Friend) on: Nov 01, 2021

  • Heather and I were deeply saddened to hear of Paul's passing. He and Jacinta, along with friend Roger and Lorraine, were wonderful company on the educational cruises we took together. Paul was a fountain of knowledge, I can't remember a topic that he didn't have some arcane facts at hand to buttress his argument. Although at a distance he would appear a disgruntled grizzly bear, he had a fantastic sense of humor. I can recall the dining room shaking on more than one occasion with his hearty guffaw. We send our heartfelt condolences to Jacinta and the rest of Paul's family. - Posted by: Jim Simm (Friend) on: Nov 01, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. It seems like only yesterday we were studying in the Med school library. We had many interesting conversations. Paul was always very insightful and practical. I haven't seen him in many years and will always remember him young. I will miss his sense of humor and big grin. Our deepest sympathies to Jacinta and family. Leslie and I have you in our hearts and thoughts. - Posted by: Blake Kalturnyk (Friend and colleague) on: Nov 01, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to Jacinta and whole family. May wonderful memories be a source of comfort and strength. Alvaro and Connie Melo. - Posted by: Alvaro and Connie Melo (Friends of the family) on: Oct 31, 2021

  • So sorry to read about Paul’s passing Marianne. I am sure you have many wonderful memories of Paul that will make you smile and laugh. Take care. Madeleine Frost (Brock) - Posted by: Madeleine (Classmate of Marianne) on: Oct 31, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Dr. Barchet's family. I worked with Dr. Barchet at SMHC and have fond memories of him; his wealth of knowledge, robust sense of humour and of course his ever present Birkenstock’s. - Posted by: Janet Mackenzie (Co-worker) on: Oct 31, 2021

  • My deepest sympathy to Jacinta and family. I could hear Dr Barchet walking down the hallway of the Administration Building (SMHC). His voice was full of energy. He acknowledged staff with a friendly good morning, good afternoon. He treated staff with respect. He spoke proudly of his wife and children. Loved to talk about computers. He was a compassionate doctor who cared about the dignity of his patients. He was one of nicest doctors I knew. I missed his energy when he retired. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Diane Youzwa (Coworker (SMHC)) on: Oct 31, 2021

  • Paul was unusually thoughtful, reflective and definitely marched to his own drummer. I met him at U of W and spent many days and hours studying with him. Any question would be met with a brief pause, a gaze off into the distance and then a thoughtful answer. Excellent sense of humour and we had many laughs together. I always envied his tasty lunches that he was able to pull out of the family grocery store and he would often talk about his family and the different life events that brought him to medical training. My thoughts are with Jacinta and family but can assure you that Paul touched many lives in his time here and will never be forgotten. Ray Chaboyer - Posted by: Dr. Raymond Chaboyer (friend and classmate) on: Oct 30, 2021

  • I was so sorry to have heard of Dr. Barchet's passing. I worked with him at Selkirk Mental Health Centre as a medical doctor caring for the inpatient's medical needs and Dr. Barchet was our Medical Director. It was such a pleasure to work with him, he was a what you see is what you get kinda guy, no airs, no phoniness, supportive as all getout. He was always receptive to discussing any issue needed when I knocked on his door, there was always a welcoming "Come In" and there he was with a smile on his face, didn't matter if he was in the middle of something else. If any of us were concerned about an issue he was concerned too. I missed him when he retired from SMHC and felt it would never be the same without him there. I extend my sincerest condolences to his wife Jacinda, whom he talked of often and his family. - Posted by: Dr. Judy Komosky (Colleague ) on: Oct 30, 2021

  • We’re very sad to hear of your husband’s passing We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time May all the love you shared give you comfort and peace Asterio and Josie Melo - Posted by: Asterio and Josie Melo (Friends ) on: Oct 30, 2021

  • Jacinta, My deepest sympathies, Maureen - Posted by: Maureen Stewart (past co-worker) on: Oct 30, 2021

  • Saddened to hear of Paul's passing. I enjoyed being a resident with Paul and then two years together at SMHC. I enjoyed his vitality and sense of humour. Peace and comfort to you all. - Posted by: Dr. Stewart Wakeman (Colleague) on: Oct 29, 2021

  • My condolences to you and your family Jacinta. Paul helped countless individuals in their time of greatest need and his legacy is large. I’m glad I was able to reconnect and visit with you a while back. Please take care and know you are in the thoughts and hearts of many. - Posted by: Shelley Anderson (Colleague ) on: Oct 29, 2021

  • To Jacinta and family. Our sincere condolences to you all. Our thoughts are with you. Many fond memories from times at Traverse Bay. One particular time comes to mind, is taking the kids water skiing!🤗🤗😢 - Posted by: Patricia and Roy Dansen (Friend) on: Oct 29, 2021

  • So sad to read this and condolences to family. I worked with Dr Barchet @ HSC and he was a good teacher and respectful to the patients. Never knew him at Laura Secord but did go to the store on Westminster. Thoughts and prayers at this time. - Posted by: Denise Thomas (Neighbour and then co- worker) on: Oct 28, 2021

  • I first met Paul at the University of Winnipeg. He was the first student I knew who wore a three piece suit to classes. Snappy dresser!! We were in medical school together and frequently were in the same small study group sessions. He was a gentle giant. Jacinta, our deepest condolences to you and your family. Paul was too young to leave this world. 😢😢 Kirit and Minti - Posted by: Kirit Patel (Friend) on: Oct 28, 2021

  • I first met Paul in grade 4 @ Laura Secord School, when I moved into the Wolseley neighborhood. We also attended St. Paul's together. He was a very intelligent and energetic person, with a ready wit and a good sense of humor. My condolences to the whole family for your loss. Shaun McCaffrey - Posted by: Shaun McCaffrey (Friend/ School Mate) on: Oct 28, 2021

  • So very sorry to hear of Dr. Barchet’s passing, he was a wonderful doctor. My deepest condolences to his family. May he Rest In Peace - Posted by: Barb Reimer (Co-worker at SMHC ) on: Oct 28, 2021

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