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BARBER – Mac Jacob

June 11, 1976 – April 30, 2010

Courageously, Mac Jacob Barber of Calgary, passed away peacefully with family by his side at the Rockyview Hospital on Friday, April 30, 2010 at the age of 33 years.

Mac was the much loved son of John and Trudy Barber of Calgary, AB, Gramma Barber (Mary) and cherished brother of David (Jackie, Sam, Katie) of North Bay, ON, and Doug (Shona, Ty, Demi and Little David) of Calgary, AB. He was the proud father of Emma. He will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

Mac, excelled at all sports, golf being his passion. He also was an accomplished drummer (Downway & Red City Anthem). He enjoyed his cat Larry, his constant companion.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Health Trust – Rockyview Hospital, Dialysis Unit, Suite 800, 11012 MacLeod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403)943-0615, www.thetrust.ca.

In living memory of Mac Barber, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Lynn and Dan Barnier :

    Mac was a fine young man who’s time on earth was much too short. His life will be celebrated and remembered by all who knew him. Our sincere condolences to the entire Barber clan. God bless. Love you. XXOO

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  2. Ken & Andrea McLellan and family :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time – may the love of those around you help you through the difficult days ahead.

    Sincerely
    Ken, Andrea, Jessica, Courtney, Jeffrey and Scott McLellan

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  3. Gary Gardiner :

    John and Trudy,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I coached Mac in Midget AA hockey along with Neil Kennedy. I will always remember the joy that competing in hockey brought Mac and the trip to Medicine Hat to tryout for the Tigers.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Gary Gardiner (Sarge)

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  4. Wayne Beebe :

    John and Trudy,
    Carol and I were extremely saddened to hear of the loss of your son Mac. Our thoughts go out to you at this difficult time.

    Wayne and Carol Beebe

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  5. Emma Poole :

    So terribly sad to hear of Mac’s passing. He was such a lovely guy. My condolences.

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  6. Helen and Tony Vines :

    John and Trudy and family
    Mac holds a special place in our hearts and we thought of him often with love and wonderful memories. Heaven has gained your loss. I am so sorry we didn’t know he was ill…wish I could have been there for you. He left us far to soon. May you find some comfort knowing others are praying for you and share your heartache. Love Helen, Tony and Macs first girlfriend Nicole.

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  7. Gisele Coombs :

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

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  8. Janice and Bruce McColeman :

    David & Jackie
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. May fond memories stay with you forever.
    Janice Bruce Courtney and Ryan

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  9. Nicole Traianopoulos :

    John and family, I hope that your memories of Mac will help you through difficult time of sorrow.

    My deepest sympathies to your entire family.

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  10. Lonna Mackie :

    Dear Johnny and Trudy and family.

    Sending you all our deepest most heartfelt sympathy. We are so saddened to hear of Mac’s passing.

    You are in our hearts and prayers.

    Mrs. Mary Mackie and Lonna Mackie

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  11. Honda Canada Central Zone Staff :

    We wish to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family on the recent loss of Mac. Our prayers are with you in this difficult time.

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  12. Glen Mortimer :

    John, Trudy and family

    We are saddened to hear of your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this very difficult time.

    Wishing you strength

    Glen and Gail

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  13. Janice Schope :

    Dear Johnny and Trudy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I have a wonderful picture of Mac and myself when he was only three taken at your Mom’s place. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Janice, Cal, Chris, Mike, Mack and Frances

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  14. Tom and Diane Bladon :

    John, Trudy and Family

    There are no words to describe how Diane and I felt when we heard of Mac’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Tom and Diane Bladon

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  15. Jim & Carol-Ann Noon and Family :

    Dear Johnny,Trudy and Family;
    No words can express how sorry we are over your loss of Mac and no words can take away the pain you are feeling today. We hope and pray that fond memories and knowing how much others care may help to ease your pain a little.
    Love Carol-Ann, Jim and Family.

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  16. Jack & Pat Loxterkamp (Current Electric) :

    Please accept our condolences for the loss of your son

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  17. Rick and Sharon Sadick :

    John and Trudy.
    We were deeply saddened to hear about the tragic death of Mac. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys as you struggle through this difficult time in your lives. You are amazing parents and I know Mac was as proud of you as you were of him.
    Be well.

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  18. Ken & Nancy Boody :

    John & Trudy; we offer our condolences for your loss and our thoughts are with you at this time.

    Ken & Nancy
    Corbeil, ON

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  19. Hector and Lois Joron :

    John, Trudy and Family
    We are so sorry for the loss of your son. We just wanted you to know that our
    thoughts and prayers are with you .
    May your memories of good times you
    shared with Mac comfort you and your
    family today and always.
    With Sympathy
    Hector and Lois Callander

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  20. Jack & Vicki Casson :

    Trudy we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Jack & Vicki
    North Bay ON

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  21. Jim & Chris Crosbie :

    Dear Johnny, Trudy and family:

    We are deeply saddened to hear about Mac’s passing. Our hearts ache for you. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love,

    Jim and Chris Crosbie

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  22. Linda & Brent McLeod :

    Our thoughts are with you now, as they have been throughout these past weeks.
    May the presence of family and friends, and your memories of Mac help you through this difficult time.
    Linda & Brent

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  23. Mike & Reta - Greening Bay Cottages :

    No words can say how we are feeling for you and your family. Our deepest condolences.

    May God bless you and guide you through these times of sorrow, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Mike & Reta

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  24. JOAN MACKEIGAN :

    Dear John, Trudy and Family: Please accept our sincere sympathy at the huge loss of your son Mac. You are in our thoughts and prayers, and may God Bless your entire Family. Take care. John, Joan, Dan, Maureen, Dave, Lucy

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  25. Neil Calhoun :

    John – I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your son Mac. My prayers are with you and your entire family as you morn his loss. God bless you all.

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  26. John and Trudy
    So very sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine how you must be feeling. Please know that my thoughts are with you.

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  27. Terri Barry Schaefer :

    Dearest Trudy and Johnny, David, Doug, and Families:
    I am so sorry to hear about Mac. Parents are not meant to lose their babies, even if they are grown up. My heart is breaking for you. I have such fond memories of you and your family, and think of you so often. Please contact me when you are returning to North Bay – I will make the trip also to give you my biggest hugs and kisses.
    In the meantime, keep all those great fun memories front and centre in your hearts, they will by far outweigh the sad ones – Much Love My Friends – Terri Barry-Schaefer XOXO

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  28. Barbara Minogue :

    Dear Trudy and John,
    We were very shocked and saddened to read of the passing of Mac. As parents it is so additionally painful when you lose a child. I only remember him as a young boy but everyone has confirmed that he grew into a fine young man. Words are so inadequate so I will just say we are thinking about you at this very tragic time and difficult period.
    Sincerely Peter and Barbara Minogue

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  29. Barb Delorme :

    Trudy and John, I am so sorry for your loss, my heart and prayers are with you, and may the angels always look over you!
    Barb Delorme

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  30. Gary and Maralee Pozzo and Family :

    John and Trudy and Family
    Our deepest sympathies are with you at this very sad time. We know you cherish many fond and special memories of Mac, and hope those memories, and knowing the thoughts and prayers of friends are with you, helps to ease your pain and brings you comfort.

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  31. Don & Jane Fry :

    John & Trudy,
    We are so sorry to hear about Mac’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts are with you and your family
    Don & Jane

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  32. Barclay and Connie Barber :

    Dear John, Trudy and family,
    There are no words that can ease the hurt, heartache, pain and sorrow you all are suffering with Mac’s passing. Those words do not exist. May it comfort you to know we understand your pain and hope it comforts you even a little to know we care as do many others.
    Keeping you all in our heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Barclay, Connie Barber and family.

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  33. Len Komhyr :

    John
    My sincere condolences on the passing of Mac. May his courage give you and your family courage and strength in the days to come.
    Len

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  34. Steve&Lea Molnar (Fricker) :

    John & Trudy & family
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy.
    Steve, Lea and the Fricker family’s.

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  35. Tracy & Brent Frederick (Noon) :

    Dear Trudy, Johnny, David, Doug and Families,

    We are all so saddened to hear of Mac’s passing. Grandma and I would always talk about how Mac was doing each time I would drop in for a visit. Over these past difficult weeks, we’ve been thinking and praying for all of you. Our deepest condolences.
    Love, Tracy & Brent

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  36. Valerie Bristowe :

    Such a wonderful child, I remember him so well as a boy; full of happiness, fun, mischief and laughter. He was a fair and level person even as a kid – just like his parents. My condolences to your family and to the family he was in the process of creating.
    Love Valerie

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  37. Mary Sutton :

    Dear Trudy and John: I was so shocked and saddened to read of Mac’s passing in the Herald. I know you and your family have been through so much in the past few years, and you are all in my heart and prayers. Please do not hesitate to call me for anything at anytime. I am just a few minutes away. Love to you all.
    Mary Sutton

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  38. Frank Kaszuba :

    Life can challenge us in many ways and some things happen out of the normal sequence that we have been accustomed to.

    I sincerely wish that all of your fond memories you have of Mac will supply comfort to you and your family to overcome the sorrow you feel and to provide strength to each other.

    Your friend,

    Frank Kaszuba

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  39. Jordanne Christie :

    Johnny and Trudy,

    I am sorry that I couldn’t be there, but I would like to send my deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts to you today. I have great memories of Mac, and I hope that your memories and the support of family and friends will be a comfort to you at this time.

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  40. Dale and Diana Eaid :

    Dear John, Trudy, and family.
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Mac. We first met him at the Eaids when he was a young boy and he had just come from a hockey game his team won. He had a golden smile. Cherish that and your memories on the difficult journey ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dale, Diana, Ryan, and Matt Eaid

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  41. Debbie Bansley :

    John and Trudy, I am so sorry to hear of Mac’s passing. Although I did not know him, I know that with parents like you, he was a fabulous person. Live with the happy memories that you have of your time with him and they will assist you in getting through the difficult times ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My most sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Sincerely, Debbie Bansley

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  42. Ron and Nora Best :

    Trudy,
    I have been thinking of you so much in these last few days. My prayers and thoughts are with you and Johnny.
    NORA.

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  43. Sonya Solman :

    John and Trudy
    I am so sorry to learn of Mac’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    With love,
    Sonya

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  44. Sandi and Murray Whitman :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. God love you all.

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  45. Paulette & John Joe Vendetti :

    John and Trudy
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. JOhn Joe, Paulette and family

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  46. Brenda Larocque (formerly Rowlandson) :

    Johnny and Trudy,

    I am sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting Mac. I am sure that he was a great guy especially coming from families like the Barbers and Wraights. I am very sorry for your loss. Take care.
    Brenda Rowlandson

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  47. Kathy Wilkinson :

    My deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family. My thoughts and those of my family; Doug, Deanna and Lynn, are with you always.

    Kathy

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  48. John and Trudy So sorry to hear about your tragic loss. My thoughts are with you during this trying time.

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  49. Lisa Smith (formerly Hylton) :

    John & Trudy, I was so very sad to hear of Mac’s passing. Mac was such a wonderful man. He was so caring and kind and vey connected to his family. It is a very sad loss for many. I think of you often in the past few days and of Mac. Hoping good memories of him will comfort you.
    Lisa Smith (Hylton)

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  50. The Gordons :

    Hi everyone, I just needed to say a few things about Mac that I was not able to say at the funeral yesterday. Mac became a huge part of our family life as a young Man. We met him when he and Johnny first lived in the house in Deerrun and It was like family from that day forward. Two years ago Mac and myself ventured into a new career opportunity. Myself almost 50 and Mac 30 went to SAIT for 2 years to learn AutoCADD. If it were not for Mac and his brilliant math skills and patients I do not know if I would have made it through the course. He was truly an inspiration and we became very close friends, not that we hadn’t been before. The Barber family have been our family away from home, as we all come from Ontario, and share many memories and family ties. We spent many holiday dinners together as well as Birthdays for our children. Travelling back and fourth to school Mac and I had the opportunity to share many family stories. Always the entertainer, Mac when living in the Deerrun house had a few buddies over and they always had a firepit going in the backyard, barbecue and good times. Well one night Mac was unaware that Calgary had a fire ban at the time and shortly after starting the fire the Fire Department showed up, and informed them of the fire ban and asked that they put it out. And so they did. They then proceeded to go to over to a buddies, I believe in Braeside and start the fire up there. In no time at all the fire department once again showed up and it was the same firemen that had been at Mac’s house earlier. All they did was laugh and ask them to again put out the fire. Mac as you all know was an amazing Golfer. Two years ago Doug and I took up golf and joined Mac at the driving range overlooking Fishcreek Park on Deerfoot. Mac pulled a driver out of his bag that looked very old and proceeded to hit balls. Doug and I watched in amazement as the balls bounced off the fence past the 450 yard line. We could only wish to be half that good. Our last great time with Mac was last Christmas when we all had the opportunity to go out to Homeplace Ranch and spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with the family. We had an amazing time. Mac we will miss your smiling face, your sense of humour, and you companionship. You will always be in our thoughts. All our love . The Gordons

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  51. Tess Vlahakis-Palumbo :

    Dear Doug and Family,
    Please accept our deepest and heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your brother/son. May happy memories shared with Mac sustain you all during this difficult time.

    Tess Vlahakis-Palumbo and the Vlahakis Family

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  52. Boyd and Sue Harris :

    John and Trudy;
    So very sorry to hear of your terrible loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family at this very difficut time.

    Boyd & Sue Harris

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  53. Bonnie Brouse :

    I was so sad to read of your son’s passing in the Nugget. I know words are small comfort at a time like this but I do send my heartfelt sympathy to you.

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  54. I’m so sorry for your loss, Mac was an amazing being and will be missed immensely.

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  55. Wally and Marlies Wirzba :

    To John Barber and Family,

    It is with sadness we recieved the news today about the details of your son’s passing. The courage he displayed in his final days is inspirational. We wish to express our condolences to you and your family during this difficult time and know you are in our thoughts and prayers. As a tribute to him we have donated $1000.00 to the Rockyview Hospital Dialysis Unit.

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