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BARRY, William Raymond (Ray)

October 4, 1928 – Revere, Massachusetts
August 28, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

William Raymond (Ray) Barry, beloved husband of Phyllis Barry, of Calgary, AB, died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at the age of 89 years.

Ray was born in Revere, MA, October 4, 1928. He was raised in Edmonton, and moved east to pursue his dream of playing professional hockey. He played Junior at St. Michael’s College in Toronto, ON, Men’s Senior in Sherbrooke, QC, and then professionally for the Boston Bruins, and the Hershey Bears. He moved to Calgary and continued to play professional hockey for the Calgary Stampeders where he became captain until he retired. At the same time he studied and completed his Chartered Accountancy exams. He co-founded the accounting firm Buchanan Barry LLP. He also served as a director for the Calgary Cowboys of the World Hockey Association. Ray met the love of his life, a pretty nurse from High River, named Phyllis Squire; they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Ray and Phyl settled down in northwest Calgary to raise their six children: Pat (Tom) Monilaws, Susan (Fred) Schneider, Marty (Terry), Matt (Chris), Paul (Penny), and Mike. They also have eighteen grandchildren and seventeen great- grandchildren. Life-long friendships were made through his love of sports: hunting, fishing, hockey, curling, and golf.

Besides his loving wife, Phyllis, and their children and families, Ray is survived by his sister, Pat (Hugh) Coflin.

Ray was predeceased by his sister, Trudy; his brother, Keats; and by Mike’s partner, Tina.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB,) on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 19 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. Lunch and reception to follow at the residence of Marty and Terry. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Provincial Office, Sun Life Place, 710, 10123 – 99th Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1 Telephone: 1(866) 412-4222, Website: www.albertacancer.ca/donate, where Ray had served on the Board of Directors for 6 years.

In living memory of Ray Barry, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your loss.
    Deepest sympathy to Ray’s family.
    Warm Regards
    Leah Nate

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  2. Louanne Brown :

    Mrs. Barry, Pat, Susan, Marty, Matt, Paul, Mike and families. I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I have many, many wonderful memories of the Barry family. I am so sorry I will not be able to attend the celebration of Mr. Barry’s life. But my heart will be with all of you. My Deepest Sympathies. Louanne Brown

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  3. Phyl and Family: I’m sorry to read about Ray’s death. I was thinking of him just the other day. Don was so proud of his cousin and spoke of him often to me and others. I remember when we took Don’s youngest son, Jim, to see Ray’s pictures when we visited the Calgary Stampede one year. My sincere sympathies to you and your family.

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  4. June Phythian :

    Dearest Phyl and family, So truly sorry to hear of Rays passing. He was one of the good ones. We always enjoyed time with him at the Elks Golf Course. Special hug to you Phyl, Paul. Marty and Mike. June Phythian and the Way family

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  5. Sending love to the Barrys on here as we mourn a man I know we all deeply admired.
    My favourite memories of him all tie to his 65 year marriage with my Gramma. They would always put each other first and crack as many jokes as they could to make the other laugh along the way. In his stories of how they met he said he woke to an angel and always felt so lucky she chose him. I have learnt so much from watching their love and marriage over the years.
    I will miss his big smile, the little wink he gave when he was kidding and the way he would light up looking at Gramma. Thank you Grampa for sharing your stories, for always putting a smile on our faces and for the bond you shared with all of us and our children.
    I am grateful to have so many beautiful memories to treasure, you will be dearly missed.

    Gramma, you are the rock of our family. All of our hearts reach out to you through this. He was so blessed to have you, as are we. Love you.

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  6. Nigel and Rolonde :

    Dear Phyl, Pat, Sue, Marty, Matt, Paul and Mike,
    We are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Rolonde and Nigel

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  7. My condolences to you Phyl and your family on Ray’s passing. I always thought of Ray as a quiet gentle person, a real gentleman. My thoughts are with you.

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  8. Mrs Barry. Patty Susan Marty Matt Paul and Michael. And all the Grands and Great-Grands. One of my best memories is of Mr Barry is sleeping bags. Yes sleeping bags. When I was just a kid Susan and I would have sleep overs. And Mr Barry had sleeping bags in the cubby hole going downstairs that were good to 40 below 0 degrees that we sometimes used. I always felt so warm and cozy and safe. But of course in a short time I would be complaining I was too hot. I remember one night still chatting and making up stories far past out bedtime and Mr Barry jokingly saying that if we didn’t settle down he would send up to the north to check out if the sleeping bags really were that good. Thus my fascination with the north in my younger years. To all of you love and prayers from the Keelaghan Family. I hope all your amazing memories will help you heal

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  9. Audrey and Frank Ash :

    Dear Phyllis, we were so sad when we heard of Ray’s passing. We have so any memories of times we spent with you over the long time we have known you, and we are unable to be there to see you. Please pass on our sincere sympathy to all your family.
    Audrey and Frank,
    Fairmont Hot Springs

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  10. Phyllis and family,
    On behalf of myself and Joanne and the entire membership of the Calgary Oldtime Hockey Players Association, please accept our sincere condolences on your loss of Ray.
    As one of the founding members of our association he contributed greatly to our success over the years. We will especially miss his wit and friendship at our Thursday morning coffee meetings at Northland Mall.
    Jim Feeney, President
    Calgary Oldtime Hockey Players Association

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  11. Brian Gancheff :

    Rarely does someone you knew when you were a teenager, 55 years ago, with no family connection, stay as clear and very positive in your mind as Mr Barry does with me.
    He was a senior member of the Elks Golf Club and kindly allowed me to play as a junior in his weekend group when the Club allowed.
    He was a great role model, an excellent mentor and I really admired him for his quiet and kind ways.
    I am deeply saddened at his passing and send my best to his family and wish them to know how fortunate I know I was to have known him!

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  12. Barbara Jenkins (for the Jenkins Family) :

    Dear Barry Family:
    Condolences to all of you on the passing of “Mr. Barry.” We have fond memories of the entire Barry family, growing up with Paul and Mike as juniors at the Elks Golf Club. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn this loss. We hope that the happy memories you share – and one another – help you through this difficult time.

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  13. It was my good fortune to have been hired by Ray so I could play for the Spurs and finish my CA studies. Due to family requirements I will be away and will not be able to attend the Funeral Mass. My thoughts are with the family at this time.

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  14. Margie Cassidy :

    Phyl, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Ray was greatly admired.

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  15. Robert and Glad Wilson :

    Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family on the passing of Ray …
    Take care..

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  16. David and Anne Veres :

    Our thoughts go out to the Family for your loss of
    an amazing Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. He was truly a great pillar of the community, in particular Rosemont, where both our families grew up and got to know each other in our youth!

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  17. Phyl: I am very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I know my dad is upset with the news as they had a wonderful relationship over the years. Its at times like this when the memories of the good times are so precious and the fact that you were able to experience plenty of these happy days over your 65 plus years of being together. Please accept my sincere sympathy to you and your family

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  18. So sorry to hear that you have lost Ray! Doesn’t seem like 60 years since we were articled together at Morton and Hills! Many happy memories flood back from those early days!
    My condolences to the family!

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  19. Dear Aunt Phyllis, Pat, Susan, Marty, Matt, Paul, Mike and families. I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Ray passing. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I have the most wonderful memories of Uncle Ray who was always interested in how you were doing, how your family was, and of course, sports. He was a kind gentleman, so accomplished in many aspects of life and a real role model. I recall vividly the conversation we had when I was wondering whether to move to Montreal to take a job. Uncle Ray talked about the great time he had in Sherbrooke and we agreed that it would be a good move. It was a decision which opened many doors and indeed wise advice. My mom would speak of Uncle Ray and his accomplishments in sports, education, business career and family, which was my motivation and inspiration. What a remarkable life. My thoughts are with your family.

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  20. Don and Elaine :

    Sincerest Sympathies.

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  21. Lila (Hunter) Duckworth & Grant Hunter :

    Dear Marty and the Barry family,

    For many years, Ray was our father’s accountant. But more than that, he was a friend to our Dad, our Mom, and our family. He was a true gentleman, a fine man. We always knew that we could place our complete trust in him, and valued his opinion and guidance. And most importantly, he was simply a real likeable, all around nice guy. The kind of guy that you would be happy to call your friend. You are all so blessed to have had him in your lives. Our condolences to you; I know he will be sorely missed.

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  22. The Adam family :

    Dear Phyllis and the great big Barry family, our sincerest thoughts are with you. We are so fortunate to have known Ray, an absolute joy! Seeing what Ray has accomplished and his 65 year marriage with Phyllis is a great inspiration. Our condolences and best wishes.

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  23. Denis Fonteyne :

    To the Barry family: Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. He was a very fine gentleman and will be missed. Sorry that I will be unable to attend his funeral service but please take some comfort that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerely,
    Denis Fonteyne.

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  24. Ray Donaleshen :

    My first and by far the best hockey coach that I ever had. Mr Barry was one of the nicest men I ever met and that rubbed off on Marty and Matt. Mr. Barry was Mr Rosemont, we will miss him.

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  25. Ray was one of the truly good people we are fortunate to meet during our life-time. It was a blessing to have known such a kind, giving person, who cherished his family. May you Phyllis and your family find comfort and peace in your treasured memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  26. MaryMargaret(McLafferty) Brajcich :

    What wonderful times my parents spent with Ray and Phyll at St. Joes, playing bridge, golfing, etc! Such dear and special friends! Ray was just a terrific guy and we remember him fondly! Thinking of all the Barry family especially Phyl!

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  27. Jim and Linda Morrison :

    Marty and Matt sorry to here about the passing of your dad our thoughts are with you all.

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  28. Jill Bateman (Michaluk) :

    Sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. I remember him from stories my dad(Art) told us about their hockey days together. I also remember him as a kind man who was an important person in our father ‘s life.

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  29. I feel so lucky to have known Ray, Phyllis and my always helpful accountant Marty. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  30. Gordon and Nona Stitt :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family although we can’t be with you in person.
    Fondly remembering Winter Club days and Patties wedding when Ray was “circulating” speaking to everyone with a huge grin on his face!!! HUGS TO ALL.

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  31. Condolences to the family of Ray Barry and gratitude to him for his services as a Boston Bruin.

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  32. Louise Coulombe :

    Just heard about your loss and am truly sorry for the family. I remember your dad around the office with fond memories. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Louise & Phil Coulombe

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  33. Thinking of you during your time of loss. I have vivid memories of Ray at SSW while visiting my parents (Jack & Florena). He always arrived with a big smile & ready to enjoy a meal!
    Take care

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  34. Dear Phyllis and Family.
    I wanted to write to you to express my sympathy for you loss of dear Ray and share some of my treasured memories with you.
    I have very fond memories of cuddling the lion cubs. I had never seen anything like this before and it was a special experience for me.
    I remember seeing stuffed gerbils, again this sticks in my mind.
    I still have Ray’s PUK – the one which he played with when they won the Cup for Seattle.
    I also remember the paddle boat ride across the lake – this was a very good day.
    Do you remember the kids showing off with the large tractor? This makes me smile.
    And I cannot finish without mentioning the commitment I showed when helping Ray to polish off his whiskey!! Lovely.
    I wish you all the very best and wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts.
    Colin Squire
    Highfield House Residential Care Home

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