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HARVEY BARRETT (BARRY) GORDON (published on June 24, 2010)



HARVEY BARRETT (BARRY) GORDON Barry Gordon of Belledune, NB passed away peacefully at the Dalhousie Nursing Home, Sunday, June 20, 2010. He was 67 years old. Barry was born in Winnipeg, MB on June 1, 1943 to Vida (Barrett-Hamilton) and Harvey Gordon. He is survived by his wife Peggy (Culligan), sons Chris (Kyla), Vancouver and Craig (Kerri), Winnipeg, granddaughter Chelsea, step-grandchildren Triston and Chloe, his brother Peter, sister Katie, sister-in-law Alison Baird, brother-in-law John Matheson and his first wife Pennie Miller. In addition, he is survived by many cousins whose friendship Barry cherished. He will be remembered by nieces and nephews for his wacky sense of humour and organizing rambunctious games of hide-and-seek at their cottage in Minaki. Barry had a circle of strong, supportive friends, both recent and long standing. He especially enjoyed boys Bridge Night, Monday Night Football, and recently cards at Club 31. Throughout his life, Barry endured many health upsets, never lost his charming smile and continued to pursue a brilliant sales career representing various international companies achieving top producer status. Barry gave freely of his time and was a formidable fund-raiser, notably for golf tournaments in support of the Children's Miracle Network and the Sunshine Camp Fund. As a committee member of Ducks Unlimited his procurement of gifts, donations and ticket sales were consistently high. Barry loved to golf, rarely missed a shot in a duck slough, and delighted in casting a fly. From an early age he spent his summers on the water, either the Red River or at his cottage in Minaki, ON. He owned many boats over the years but dearly loved his 1954 Peterborough Lakeside cedar strip. He christened it OH MY BABE and loved to cruise Peggy around the lake, parasol in hand! The family would like to take the opportunity to thank Dr. Vona MacMillan, Dr. Louis Bujold and everyone at the Dalhousie Nursing Home for their loving care generously given. Special thank-you to Judy and Linda who so helped Barry and also Peggy throughout Barry's last years at home. Thank-you to MacMillans Funeral Home for the compassionate service provided. In keeping with Barry's wishes, his body has been dedicated to Dalhousie University for the advancement of Medical Education and Research. A celebration of Barry's life will be held on August 5, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Niakwa Country Club, 620 Niakwa Rd., Winnipeg. Interment at Harbour Island, Minaki, ON. If so desired, donations may be made to the Major G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton Memorial Scholarship. This fund was established to support young scientists in memory of Barry's grandfather a renowned naturalist. His research The History of British Mammals, first published in the early 1900s, is still used today. He died at the age of 42 years while on a whaling expedition in the Antarctic. To donate or for further information please contact The University of Manitoba, 179 Extended Education Complex, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2. Phone 1-800-330-8066, 1-204-474-9195.


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