September 24, 1958 – Calgary, AB
July 12, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Barry is forever free to realize the things he loved: playing guitar, sailing, hiking, skiing, riding his motorcycle and to savour the taste of food. At age 55, our beloved Barry passed away at Agape Hospice on July 12, 2014.
Barry was born and raised in Calgary. After a short stint in the oil patch, he returned to university in 1981, graduating from U of C in ’86 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. He married Judy in 1988 and together they raised two beautiful daughters. His computer career spanned 22 years, co-owning 5 by 5 Software for six of those years. Barry often joked he’d taken early retirement when he was forced by the progressive nature of ALS to leave his last employer, Trans Canada, in 2008.
Barry was an active and loving father, up to his last moments, leaving endearing words to his daughters to “live life with joy.” ALS diminished Barry’s physical capacity, yet he always maintained his dry sense of humour, often leaving people pondering if he was joking with his deadpan manner. Specialized computer equipment allowed him to enjoy countless hours of his favourite music while persevering for a cure for ALS. At the community level, Barry advocated public awareness for ALS through several speaking engagements, as an Ambassador for Betty’s Run in 2009, and envisioning the short comedy movie, “Disabled and Dangerous,” for which he was honoured this past spring with The Tony Proudfoot Exceptional Public Awareness Award by ALS Canada.
Barry leaves his memories to be cherished by his wife Judy and daughters Rachelle and Reanna; brothers and sisters, Vern, Darlene (Jim), Kevin (Janice), Laurie (Frank) and their families; and numerous loving extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Rose and Frank.
Friends and relatives are invited to A Celebration of Barry’s Life at The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant (15979 Bow Bottom Trail S.E., Calgary) on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The ALS Society of Alberta, Suite 250, 4723 – 1 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2G 4Y8, www.alsab.ca. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Agape Hospice, his caregivers, The Home Care Team, The ALS Society of Alberta, The ALS Clinic and Dr. Linda Fong for their support.
In living memory of Barry Varga, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences