Barry passed away at age 87 in peace Monday morning on April 17th, 2023 after a weekend courageously battling his illness. He had wonderful medical support from all the staff at Health Sciences North, along with wife Pat and family at his side throughout the weekend … and … at the end with everyone holding his hands and communicating via phone re-assuring him that we will all be ok … and especially that Pat and his puppy bulldog Lola will be looked after.
Barry was pre-deceased by his parents Len and Hazel and leaves behind his wife Pat; sister Marylou; sons Jeff, Rob, and Ken; Jeff and Dianne’s sons Brian and Gavin; and Ken and Erin’s children Emma, Roland and Lily.
Barry had an amazing journey through life centered around his 64+ year marriage to the love of his life Pat, and their children, children’s partners, and grandchildren along with our family of bulldogs (Bingo, Samson, Delilah, Willow, Charlie and new puppy as of November… Lola). Barry met his love of his life Pat through his beloved mother Hazel’s passion for figure skating as they were both members at the same club.
Barry attended University of Toronto achieving a Bachelor of Engineering Physics and then a Master’s Degree in Geophysics and worked his entire career at INCO progressing through many periods out in remote exploration camps through to senior management in exploration. Remarkably, along the way this included in January 1966 Pat and Barry taking their three sons aged 1 through 6 off to began as a 6-month assignment to a 6+ year adventure in Kalgoorlie and Perth Australia. In that same time frame, they took the family around the world twice!
After roaming Northern Ontario and Australia in many homes between 1959 and 1972 …. In 1972 the family settled into the home they are in now in Sudbury where they are surrounded by an amazing community of neighbours who love and care for them.
Through his career Barry made many life-long friends at work.
Barry retired and he and Pat had a remarkable retirement for over 30 years together centered on exploring North America in their RV. Throughout their life and retirement, they hosted their grandchildren many times at their home, RV and cottages including flights to meet them in the USA.
Barry passionately supported every interest his sons pursued including learning how to sail to be a crew for Jeff first, and then Ken in competitive sailing and both teams achieved considerable success both at Ontario, National, and World Championship levels including towing a boat with our whole family out to Vancouver for a National Championship. In addition he took on being Commodore of the Sudbury Yacht Club, was a board member at Lively Golf Club, and had leadership roles in the Lo-Ellen playground association (hockey) and coaching his sons and other volunteering.
Other passions he shared with Pat included being very active in golf at Lively, Pine Grove and Stone Hill; and they are accomplished bridge players at Sudbury Bridge Club and Barry is a Life Master.
There will be no services or visitation. The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life, date to be determined.
Pat and Barry believe strongly in directly supporting the local community and request any gifts or donations please be made in Barry’s memory to the important services that Blue Door Soup Kitchen or the Sudbury Food Bank provide. https://bluedoorsoup.ca/#embed-form or https://www.sudburyfoodbank.ca/donate/