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CHUTE, Barry Wayne

December 4, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Barry Chute on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at the age of 60 years.

Barry is survived by his brother Brian (Barb). He was predeceased by his father Bill and his mother Clara.

A Celebration of Barry’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through

As an expression of sympathy a memorial contribution may be made in Barry’s name to the charity of your choice. In living memory of Barry Chute a tree will be planted in Fish Creek Park.

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  1. My condolences to you and your family. I didn’t know Barry that long but I know he had a lot of great knowledge and wisdom. He always was happy and I know he loved Las Vegas. I hope you find peace and positive memories of him at this time.

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  2. Barry was a great mentor and an even better friend.
    He trained me when I started working at Darcy’s Disk Jockey company in 1997.
    Since we had a lot of common interests, we became friends.
    Ten years later, I bought Darcy out and inherited Barry as an employee.
    We would take our moms to dinner a few times a year.
    We would brunch with a group of guys most Saturdays. Barry was often the source of information on almost any topic. His intelligence will be missed.
    Our mutual love for Vegas would take us on many adventures. We would go there at the same time but often staying in different places. We would take on the town until about 4pm. Then we would meet up, grab dinner and a couple shows.
    One trip, we went to Red Rock, a state park with a circle route to drive and areas to picnic and hike. Barry read quietly to himself a list of safety instructions while on the trails. When he reached the last 4 words he read aloud, in his booming barritone voice, “DON’T DRINK THE WATER!”. A young man using the water fountain nearby asked, “But, why?”
    I will miss those trips, brunches, his advice, his intelligent conversation, and his loyal friendship.

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  3. Barry was a kind and personable fellow as you would ever hope to meet. If you were to ask him a question, he could come up with a lengthy, usually funny, anecdote as to why you were getting the answer you did. He loved to listen to music in his office and if you walked in and asked him what was playing, he could tell you who it was and where they were when they played it. He was an extremely intelligent man and was capable of fixing almost anything I could mess up on a computer. I will miss his good humor and pleasant personality.

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  4. I’m honored and feel truly blessed to have had Barry coach and mentor me for the past 5+ years at Kolbe Gallery Vancouver.

    Barry was always so dependable and so calm with whatever problems or questions I have, and he’s always got a funny answer or interesting fact followed with the most helpful advice that always guides me to make informed decisions at work.

    I was talking to him on the phone about increasing the limit for my company credit card, he joked and asked me “I noticed all these large charges from the millinery club on your card!”
    I asked him what millinery meant, and he explained “they’re people who make hats” because just the other day I had told him I’m not that really into shoes, I’m more of a hats girl. He then proceeded to tell me about there being the millinery club all over the world where a group of older ladies in their sixties and seventies would wear these elaborate and elegant pink hats when they get together for brunch on weekends.

    I take comfort in having shared this and many other special and interesting memories with him, he will surely be missed.

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  5. David Castiglione

    I am honored to have spent a lot of time with Barry, and recent years countless hours over the phone. He was such a huge influencer in my life and my business. He would patiently wait for me to rattle off my ideas or frustrations then respond with such logic and bring clarity to my confusion or uncertainty.

    Barry was an incredible problem solver and such wealth of knowledge. I valued Barry’s opinions because they were solid and logical, even was honest when I was a bit off track. I would consult Barry on everything in my business from employee hiring, to managing, contract negotiations or any day to day decisions.

    When we expanded from Vancouver to Seattle I would always call him when driving back to Vancouver with a question and next thing you know an hour later we were talking about music, politics, currency or even relationship advice. He was a very good friend of mine that I was comfortable talking to about anything. I can hear his voice right now “ah well” and his snicker after every joke, he was very funny.

    Everyone liked Barry, how could you not with his positivity and sense of humor. I remember when we first opened our Vancouver office he set up all our computers and network, and was able to sign on to our computer to fix or work remotely. All of a sudden our office there would be the loud twang of bluegrass music in the showroom.. Barry! He would pull little pranks like that when he was was done working on our computer. Like me he was always up he was always teasing or joking in a playful way, especially with ladies.

    Barry you taught me so much. You were a friend, a colleague and a mentor to me. As a young business owner I owe much of my success to you and hope you know that I value your our friendship and appreciate everything you did for me and my father. You were beyond the call of order a because that was your nature. You will be greatly missed by those of us who had the pleasure of sharing time with. Gone but never forgotten Barry 🙂

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  6. Geordie Grafton

    I concur with all the messages about our friend Barry Chute!
    For me he was a solid, calm, and balanced team mate, with a great dry sense of humour! I really appreciated all he did for Finestra, and my life as an early salesperson.. Heaps of advice, Knowledge, and just a great man to spend time chatting with!!
    We miss you tons already Barry!
    Love ya!

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  7. I didn’t know Barry too well, although I was fortunate enough to meet with him during my time in Calgary. As a recently landed new immigrant he gave me a wealth of information on Canadian employment law, infused with that typical dry humour of course! A genuinely fine gentlemen who was always a professional and stable force within our organization.

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