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RAYMOND (RAY) EDWARD BARRY (published on August 06, 2009)



RAYMOND (RAY) EDWARD BARRY June 15, 1931 - August 2, 2009 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Raymond, beloved husband of Kathleen. Surrounded by his family, he died peacefully in the early hours of August 2 at the St. Boniface General Hospital after a brief and courageous battle with Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Left to forever cherish Ray's memory are his wife and life partner of 52 years Kathleen (nee Jason), daughter Patty and her husband Ross Eadie and their sons Elliott and Everett, son Jim and his wife Carol (nee Piller) and their sons Mathew and Michael. He will also be remembered by his brother-in-law Henry Jason and wife Julie, sisters-in-law Beverlee Jason and Sophie Marusiak, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ray was predeceased by his father Edward John Barry, born in Shelley, Manitoba, and his mother Rachel Julie (nee Opsommers) born in Gullegem, Flanders, Belgium, infant brother George (who died at birth), and sister Bernice (Bunny) who passed away recently. Ray was born in Winnipeg on June 15, 1931. His childhood was spent in the Barry home in Elmwood beside his Grandma Alice Barry in the big house' next door. He fondly recounted visits with Grandma Alice at her cottage named Barryville' at Brereton Lake. He also shared memories of visiting his Grandma and Grandpa Dhaene in St. Boniface who he referred to as Grandma in the little house'. Ray received his early education at Elmwood and Lord Selkirk Schools where his interest in electronics began, and at St. John's Technical High School. In 1947, Ray's father was transferred to Souris where Ray completed his high school education at Souris Collegiate, graduating in 1949. It was here that he met his longtime friend David Matheson whose family owned Matheson Lumber. In his high school years, Ray worked part time for the CPR and Matheson Lumber. After graduation, he worked for the CPR and the Interprovincial Oil Pipeline Company and undertook a Radio and Television Technology correspondence course with the Radio College of Canada. Ray declined to move to Calgary when his father was transferred in 1952, and was hired by Dominion Tire and Radio in Brandon. In 1953, Ray worked at both Shaw Electric and Newton Electric in Brandon and was hired on at the Radio Clinic in 1954. It was at this time that he met his future wife and life partner Kathleen. Ray began his career with the Manitoba Telephone System in 1955 in Brandon. Ray and Kathleen married in 1956 also in Brandon, and it was after this that they lived together in various Manitoba communities as his career with MTS progressed and their family grew, firstly in Virden, then The Pas, Gypsumville in 1963, and finally Winnipeg in 1971 where he joined the MTS Engineering Department. He retired from MTS in 1989 after 34 years of service. To know Ray was to appreciate his passions and talents; of which there were so many. He was intrigued with anything and everything mechanical, which seemed to start when he was just two years old and would accompany his Mom to Eaton's downtown in Winnipeg. There he would stand for hours, fascinated by the workings of the donut-making machine. Electrical, electronics, music, photography, and carpentry all played a very important part in his life. His attention to detail was evident in all of these pursuits. His love of skilled craftsmanship shows itself in every home that he shared with Kathleen, and in the homes of his and Kathleen's parents, siblings and children. After Ray retired, he took a course in Lotus programming which enabled him to record his journey into the past for the roots of his family tree and his relationship to Peter Fidler. Family meant everything to Ray. We are left with a lifetime of wonderful memories. It was Ray's strength that carried him through the last weeks of his life, battling each intense day with the disease and its complications. The family extends many thanks to the caring staff of St. Boniface Hospital who did everything that they could for him. Donations in Ray's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (Manitoba Division) 193 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2B7 or to a charity of your choice. In keeping with Ray's wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held to celebrate his life Saturday, August 8 at 1:00 p.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street. CHAPEL LAWN 885-9715


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