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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

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)243-8200

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  1. Ron,Colette,Brent,Ian McGillivray :

    We would like to express our deep sorrow on Hugh passing and offer sincere condolences and sympathy to my Cousins ~ Jane, Catherine, Mary — Hugh’s Loving Family ~ Rosangela, Edward, Leticia. I have many Fond Memories of Hugh when we were just kids getting into mischief Hugh letting us see His secret room which he kept secret for some time and many more great adventures we had growing up these are things I will cherish and I truly believe that Love never deminishes you take it with you ~ God Bless.

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  2. Luke Azevedo :

    Mary,Jane and Catherine, my sincerest condolences to you, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Luke

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  3. Tracy McGinnis (nee Brown) :

    Mary – my heartfelt condolences to you and the family during this most difficult time. My thoughts are with you.

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  4. Tom and Pat Arnett and family were shocked and saddened to hear of Hugh’s passing. Our deepest condolences to the family.

    Tom and Pat Arnett

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  5. Despite the couple years age difference, Hugh and I were quite close when we were younger. The truth be known – we were terrors. Not malicious terrors – but more like pranksters. We knew every alley, gate and hole in the hedges through out Mount Royal.
    I think the worst thing we did – or the most obvious – was in Edmonton when we rolled about 20 car tires we had collected from the wreckers yard down the hill to a green on the golf course while it was occupied. No-one really knows of our escapades because we never got caught.

    Last summer while I was in Calgary, Hugh and I got to spend some time together on our own and talk over a couple beers. It was a rare occasion for us, for we have both lived active and transient lives in many parts of the world. It was great to have the commonalities of the same family, the same feelings of wanderlust in parallel careers and the same sense of responsibility that enabled us both to rise to the positions we attained in the industry. We were very different people but we both achieved similar results. I know a several people that worked with Hugh offshore and the message was always the same – a good guy to work with and well respected.

    I am really going to miss the guy – in many ways we were more like brothers than cousins. He was taken from us far too early. Vaya con dios my friend.


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  6. Peg and I want to convey our sympathy and condolence to Jane,Catherine, Mary on losing an only brother
    Also may God give his family the strength and blessings to carry on.

    Honourable Nick Taylor

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  7. My sincere condolences to Jane, Catherine and Mary (Barroll). I was saddened to hear about Hugh’s passing. I always wanted to meet up with him since our youth and missed my opportunity. I just recently saw an old picture of us together, hamming in up in one of those old photo booths. Regretfully,I was in New York and missed his service. If you would like to get in touch with me, I would like to hear from you. Jim Whitehouse

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  8. Duncan Morison :

    My sincere condolences to the family, I was shocked when I heard the news of Hugh’s passing. I worked with Hugh in The North Sea in the 1980’s and have very fond memories, I learned a lot from Hugh’s knowledge of the Oil industry.
    Huge loss of his sense of humour that I remember well.
    My thoughts are with you………Duncan

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