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September 1945 – October 2023

It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of Douglas Barry on October 23. Doug leaves his wife Joyce Moroz, daughter Christina Barry (Edgar Unrau), son Jeffrey Barry (Sophie Kil) and grandchildren Jett, Estelle and Peyton to forever cherish his memory. He will be missed by his sister Evelyn Barry (Ben Larsson), his three brothers Allan (Judi Moxley), Ron (Kim) and Bryan, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The eldest child of Gregory and Jessie Barry (nee Algar), Doug attended Vincent Massey Collegiate and played football for the Fort Garry Lions. He earned a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba and applied his knowledge, artistic skills and creativity to hundreds of commercial and residential interior and architectural design projects over a career spanning five decades.

Always curious and with keen observational skills, Doug was an avid birder and also learned to identify butterflies, dragonflies and plants. He loved to paint and draw and took inspiration from nature to create vibrant landscapes and images of birds and butterflies in brilliant ways. He often wore his art on shirts that he had painted.

Doug looked forward to his weekly golf game with friends. He curled and played hockey for many years, and enjoyed playing pick-up with his kids and grandson at the outdoor rink.

Doug and Joyce shared 50 wonderful years, enjoying time at the cottage and travelling. Doug taught their children the value of balancing work with play. A true child at heart, and with a great sense of humour, he cherished the time spent with his grandchildren.

His family and friends will miss and remember him with love.

A private burial was held at Thomson ‘In the Park’ Funeral Home and Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Donations in Doug’s memory can be made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada or CancerCare Manitoba.

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 04, 2023

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I met Doug through the Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba. He was a very good designer who worked on many interesting projects over the years. I didn't find out that he was a birder until one summer my husband and I were walking along the forest trails on Hecla Island and we met Doug along the trail. We told him that we had just seen a pileated woodpecker and he was so envious, why hadn't he seen the big bird. He told us then about his birdwatching hobby and how he was beginning to paint birds. Years later I acquired a watercolour painting by Doug of a bird, a Yellow Rail in the Delta Marsh, Manitoba. Doug had proposed a swap, one of my watercolours for one of his. I had never heard before of a Yellow Rail but I admired his painting and was happy to acquire it in the swap. After recently downsizing my possessions, I gave it on to my son for his office here in Victoria. My son, also a birder, had once worked in Delta Marsh so Doug's painting had double significance for him. My condolences to Joyce and her family. - Posted by: Margaret Stinson (interior design colleague) on: Nov 10, 2023

  • Joyce and family - We worked with Doug over many years concerning his drawings for home additions and improvements. Doug was a breath of fresh air in our building realm and we always looked forward to meeting with him concerning the dreams of others regarding their housing. His drawings were always meticulously thought out and rarely needed changes. I did not know he was a birder until one day when I pointed out the birdbath I had set up in our downtown yard. The look of delight on his face was unmistakable as we admired sparrows fluttering in that makeshift birdbath. Doug was a very kind man who loved the world around him and we share your loss of a true gentleman. - Posted by: Paul Hanuschak (coworker) on: Nov 06, 2023

  • Our sincere condolences to you and your family, Joyce. We are saddened to learn about Doug's passing. We always enjoyed talking with Doug, listening with intent to his many stories of recent bird sightings or when he shared the location of the best spots to find chanterelle mushrooms. We will never forget his excitement at chasing down the location of the visiting Baltimore Orioles near our cottage, which sparked our own interest in native and visiting birds to the area. - Posted by: Tim & Lisa Johnson (Cottage Neighbour) on: Nov 04, 2023

  • Joyce and family. We are saddened to hear of Douglas passing and always enjoyed the times we spent together. Our thoughts are with you. Violet Brenda and Bruce - Posted by: Violet McDougall (Family friend ) on: Nov 04, 2023

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