August 29, 1936 – December 20, 2012
Barry peacefully passed away after a long and valiant battle with cancer at 76 years of age.
Barry was born in Calgary, AB to Harry Merrells and Annie Walls. He was the youngest of three children and was predeceased by brother Frank Merrells, and is survived by brother Melvin Merrells.
Barry was predeceased by his wife Maureen and is survived by his partner Irene, his two sons, Ken (Catherine) and Dean (Val), as well as his extended family including four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
As a young man, Barry worked as a bricklayer, and in 1960, his career took quite a different direction when he became a member of IATSE Local 212 to pursue work in stage and film. Barry was often seen with his brothers unloading rail cars of stage equipment, sets, and lighting on frigid winter nights to prepare for events such as the Ice Capades, and yet continued his work as a bricklayer during the day. Since 1960, Barry has served Local 212 in various capacities including fifteen years as Business Agent. He was one of the most prolific Stage Stewards and served on countless committees for his Local. Barry also worked many years as a Props man in countless movies and is regarded as a pioneer of Alberta’s motion picture and television industry. In 2010, Barry received his gold pin and Presidential scroll for fifty years of exemplary service to the IATSE. In April 2012, he received his gold retirement card. He was very proud of his achievements as a highly productive member and executive officer of the Local. In addition to his sons Ken and Dean, and Brother Mel, Barry leaves behind many friends and extended family within the membership of Local 212.
A Memorial Service will be held on January 3rd at the Royal Canadian Legion, 606 – 38 Avenue N.E. at 2:00 p.m. to honour him. Barry would wish to welcome all of his friends and family, so please join us in celebrating his life. Condolences may be left in Barry’s online guestbook at www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
A tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane to represent a living memory of Barry who will be sadly missed.Print This Obituary & Condolences