January 7, 1954 – April 2, 2012
Hugh Robert Barroll, beloved husband, father and brother, passed away suddenly on April 2, 2012, at the age of 58 years. Born in Calgary, Alberta on January 7th, 1954, the only son of Marie and Ed Barroll, he was a true son of the oil patch. His childhood was shaped by travel as his family moved to follow his father’s work in the oil industry to France, Denver and Edmonton, and when he became old enough his first job was on an offshore rig near the remote Sable Island in Nova Scotia. As an adult, Hugh’s work took him to such far-flung places as Borneo, Scotland, Nigeria, Egypt and most recently the country of Brazil, where he met his future wife and the love of his life, Maria Rosangela Moreira.
As he rose in the industry from rig-worker and tool push to the great responsibilities of Offshore Rig Manager, Hugh’s life was one of constant travel as he commuted from the rig to wherever his home base was; Bangkok, Aberdeen, London, but he never forgot his roots in Calgary, where he finally settled to be close to family and old friends. An active energetic man, whose many passions included skiing, scuba diving, sailing and Formula race car driving, Hugh was also an avid reader and film buff whose tastes ranged from the classics and historical novels to sci-fi and political satire.
Although fatherhood came relatively late in life, Hugh embraced the role of family man joyfully, wholeheartedly and with dedication. The well-being and happiness of his wife and children was central to his life, and his love for them was unbounded. He was also a kind, loving son and brother to his parents and his three sisters, and stayed in close touch with them throughout his life, sharing their joys and sorrows alike. He will be greatly missed by his family and many dear friends in Calgary and abroad, for his humour, heart, and the intelligence and warmth of his company.
Hugh is survived by his loving wife, Rosangela, his son Edward (the light of his life) and his dear daughter Leticia. He is also survived by his three loving sisters, Jane, Catherine, and Mary. We will hold you close in our hearts forever, Hugh.
A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Hugh Barroll, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences