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BRUCE (JAMES HUME) BARRY
Date of Passing: Sep 07, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
BRUCE (JAMES HUME) BARRY
Peacefully in his sleep, at the age of 93 years, James Hume Bruce Barry passed away at the Calvary Place Personal Care Home, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.
Bruce was a much-cherished grandfather, father, uncle, brother, and in his professional life a respected banker and mentor. He was a man of great Christian faith who believed in equality and respect for all. He was a great raconteur with a dry and wicked sense of humour, always with a twinkle in his blue eyes that was there until the end.
Bruce was a great believer in family; as his grew and his brothers and sisters migrated to various corners of the country, he kept in close contact with them all and regarded his own created family, and the extended family of his beloved wife Jean, as the cornerstone of his life.
Left to grieve his passing and cherish his life are daughter Corinne, son-in-law Michael Ashton and granddaughters, Molly and Sophie; son Daniel and son-in-law Jakob Hartmann; and many nieces and nephews including his nieces Brenda and Ellen McConaghy. Bruce was predeceased by his brothers and sisters - Corinne, Ian, Jean, Doug, Ruth and Grace - and his infant son Ian Michael.
Bruce was born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta to William and Corinne Barry - a banker and a housewife - the sixth child of seven. The family eventually moved to Edmonton, where Bruce spent most of his childhood. Like his two older brothers, he followed in his father's footsteps, joining the Bank of Montreal, with one of his first jobs at the bank in the Banff Springs Hotel.
Several posts later he moved to Edmonton where he met Jean Soroka who worked at the same branch. After marrying Jean, they moved to several small prairie towns and had started a family of their own before his career took them to Winnipeg. He spent many years as branch manager at Portage and Hargrave where he helped countless people buy their first cars, set themselves up in business, and grow their commercial empires.
Winnipeg was home for over 30 years. While work and being a supportive husband and parent took up most of his time, Bruce was also an active member of the St. Chad's Anglican Church congregation, a board member for the Winnipeg Symphony, and an accomplished golfer, teeing off early every Saturday morning (weather permitting) and playing just about every course in the city.
After spending 25 years with the B of M Bruce was headhunted to head up the city's HSBC branch, from where he retired in 1989. Retirement took Bruce and Jean to Winnipeg Beach where he spent many years enjoying his garden, lakeside walks with Sparky the dog, and entertaining visitors, his favourites being his granddaughters, Molly and Sophie.
Bruce and Jean eventually returned to Winnipeg to be nearer family. After losing Jean in 2013 following 50 years of marriage, Bruce's health declined and with the onset of dementia moved to the Calvary Personal Care Home where he spent his final years under the great care and love of its professional and attentive staff.
A private memorial and interment will take place at Chapel Lawn, Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember and celebrate Bruce's life are asked to make a donation to the Calvary Place Personal Care Home by visiting their website: https://calvaryplacepch.com/donate
For those who wish to sign the
online Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca
Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 29, 2022
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
I love this picture of your Dad. I can see both of you in him, Corinne and Daniel. Your Dad was so ahead of his time when it came to your Mom. Mrs. Barry was a night owl and found her most productive hours were well into the night. Mr. Barry did the mornings with the kids—breakfast and getting everyone ready for school. I loved that about him. He really honoured and accepted who she was as a person. I have such fond memories of Boxing Day feasts at the Barry home—perogies, borscht and cabbage rolls, all served on the good china dishes in the dining room, even when we were ten years old. My own children came to call them, Uncle Bruce and Auntie Jean. They too are have wonderful memories of your Dad and Mom and time spent at their Winnipeg Beach home. You are in our thoughts, Corinne, Daniel, Michael, Jakob, Molly and Sophie. You are such a special family and we are grateful to have had your Dad and your Mom in our lives. With love and great affection, Anne, Stephen, Corben and Jade - Posted by: Anne Sullivan (Friend) on: Oct 30, 2022
Maureen and I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to Corrine, Mike, Molly, Sophie, Daniel, Jakob, Brenda and Ellen as well as other members of Bruce's family and many friends. We will always remember the great Christmas gatherings and great conversations over the years. May Bruce rest in pease forever. - Posted by: Robert and Maureen Dryburgh (Friend) on: Oct 29, 2022
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