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DAWSON, Barry Edwin

June 30, 1970 – Batavia, New York State
November 11, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Barry “Bear” Dawson of Calgary, AB, passed away on November 11, 2017 at the age of 47 years.

Barry spent the first half of his life growing up in Ontario before relocating to Alberta where he joined the Calgary Fire Department family where he served as a Captain for 17 years. He attended Brock University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure, a suiting field given his active lifestyle and adventurous, outgoing personality.

Barry left this life with a large family of brothers and sisters on the Calgary Fire Department, a lifetime of close friends, and a world of fond acquaintances. Amongst them, his Elder Doreen; his best friend of 25 years Stephanie; his girlfriend and true love Melissa and her two sons Calin and Cameron; his mother Patricia and his younger brother Michael, in addition to a longer list that would trail off the page.

Forever carve the deepest, freshest pow… where the mountain has no bottom brother.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 5:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at First Alliance Church (12345 – 40th Street S.E.) on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the church. Graveside to follow the reception at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through A fund will be established in Barry’s name to help survivors of PTSD.

In living memory of Barry Dawson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E.. Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Jacqueline (Jax) Van den Broek

    He is loved and adored by so many.

    I feel so lucky to have had him as a cherished friend. I do not even know where to start with my condolences.
    Steph, you know how I feel girl. The friendship you have shared with Bear is one to be admired and should we all be so lucky to form such a tremendous bond in life. I feel so fortunate to have gained your friendship through Barry. Melissa, you truly are the love of his life. May the strength of that love carry you and your boys.
    To his family, my most sincerest condolences. Michael, we have just met but already can tell that “amazing” runs in the family.
    To his CFD family, may you always remember your brother as a teacher, leader and friend. Stick together, talk and share. That is Barry’s true way.
    To all his cherished friends, may you hold on tight to amazing memories. For me Bear was actually a large bird. Skiing trips will always be how I will cherish his memory the fullest. Whenever I ski I know I will see this larger than life man digging down deep into the snow with his arms wide out flying free like a bird. A man who was capable of being an owl, eagle, duck and well…sometimes just a goofy turkey.
    Barry Dawson, I love you my friend. May I always be reminded of you through the love of music we have shared and on days I drift myself through the snowy mountains. RIP xoxo

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  2. Thinking of Barry, his family and many friends! We met and worked together at the Springs and kept in touch whenever Barry came through Banff! So many laughs! Barry, the world was greater because you were in it and we are all so fortunate to have known you. With deepest sympathies and much respect.

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  3. I was lucky to meet Barry through the love of my life Jacqueline. Three years ago I brought Barry to an annual Mr. Lube conference to do an afternoon motivation, coaching session. He nailed it! Staff asked when he was coming back. I told them I needed “brother in law pricing”….

    I never skied with Barry but Jackie has fond memories. I’m a POW seeker like Barry after 40 years on the slopes. Motivational conversations on a chair lift can make one like the hot chocolate break….

    RIP Barry. You touched my life in so many ways.

    Condolences to the Dawson family.

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  4. My deepest condolences on the loss of Barry. I had the pleasure of working with him both on and off the job. There was hardly a time when he wasn’t smiling and making others laugh too. He was an exceptionally colourful character in more ways than one. I was even looking forward to making his retirement poster which would’ve been an urban artists’ dream. He will be missed.

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  5. …so sorry for the loss of Barry …he brought lots of smiles with him….

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  6. We met Barry and Steph just a year ago on the beach in Mexico….it made for a special trip and a time to remember for us all…. Barry touched all of us , all deeply , and all differently. He had a special way of doing that. He was supposed to come ski with us this winter in Aspen/Snowmass and we were so looking forward to ripping some turns and sharing smiles and sip some tequila …so while I work on the mountain this winter , Barry you will be with me and I will carve some turns for you and smile knowing that you are there with me….and Steph…we love you and are here for you…. big hugs to you all and also family and loved ones …Mountains of love …R.I.P. Barry~ may your footsteps now be softer, your ski turns always sweet powder~ you will forever be loved by so many who were fortunate enough like us to have shared moments in time with you….Lisa, Greg, Pete & Toby

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  7. So many things to say and many memories to keep us warm. What Barry Edwin Dawson brought to my life was acceptance, love, loyalty and above all support.
    He was an infectious personality, smile bigger and brighter than the sun.
    We kept each other from falling down that rabbit hole many times. I truest wish is that I could have kept him from falling into this
    He is forever a part of my heart, soul and life circle.
    Love you and miss you every day my friend.
    May your spirit sore high above the clouds remaining forever free.

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  8. One of my really good friends growing up. Always had that knack of knowing when you needed a pick me up. One of the funniest guys I know. Spent Junior high and High school knowing I had a great friend.

    My condolences to his mom, whom I knew. My condolences to his family and friends. My condolences to everyone he had a vast effect on . We have lost a true kindred spirit.

    You will be missed and remembered fondly, Barry! Rest in Peace and know I love ya brother


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  9. Went to high school with Barry. He was always full of life. I have some fond memories of him. My condolences to his family.

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  10. Barry,

    I won’t be at the service Friday, but will take the memory of your rich laughter, warm smile, and forever youthful spirit on every run at Sunshine with me. You, and every firefighter that also donned a Sunshine Snowhost jacket have remained some of my most cherished memories of such an inclusive group…I have always tucked those memories along with me everytime I ski…but never so much as I will from this point forward.
    Bless your kind soul Barry, you will always be alive in spirit to all who had the good pleasure of knowing you.

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  11. Barry was the FIRST person I met when I moved to Banff in 97. We climbed together, worked at the Springs together, worked out together, drank together, LAUGHED so hard together. Not seen him since 2004 but feel like my years with him were yesterday…

    Oh Barry. We always knew you struggled, but not alone. I am so sorry my homie.

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  12. Very rarely does someone enter your life who is such a powerful force as Barry was. I met Barry years ago through fundraising for a local animal shelter and we hit it off instantly and became friends. Barry was my to go guy that I could ALWAYS count on when organizing my auctions. He was always wanting and willing to help in anyway he could. And I will always fondly remember our hike on tunnel mountain in Banff, when all 5 feet of me sliding down that sheet of ice took him down like a bowling ball pin. HA! I write for a living and I can’t even put into words how huge his personality was, how free spirited, fun loving and outgoing he was. That little dash in between the dates that Barry graced this world was so full of experiences and life. Barry, I’d like to say Rest well my friend. But I know you’re not resting….you’re too busy looking for the next mountain to conquer and the next path to carve. Enjoy your next ride Buddy!!! XO You will be so missed by so many!!!

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  13. Barry will always remain in my dearest memories of childhood. He was one of a part of a very close-knit group of friends from Crestview P.S., and I am thankful to have known him. Always laughing and making others laugh. My deepest sympathies for his mom and brother, his girlfriend and all of his friends.

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  14. Condolences to Barry’s Family and loved ones…I met Barry through work at Fire Headquarters. I admired how he stood his ground for what he believed in. He was a such a GENTLE KIND SOUL. He touched many hearts….through the Calgary Fire Department….
    Barry you have left an imprint behind; not everyone is able to do that…
    May the Angels embrace you ….. with love and light!

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  15. I had the pleasure of flying Barry a couple of times for vacations and although I didn’t really know him he made an impression with his easy going attitude and his beautiful spirit. My condolences to all who are navigating your way through the grief of his loss.

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  16. I met Barry, and was happy to call him friend, during my time in Banff. He was such a huge personality, one full of positivity and a love for life. It was hard not get caught up in his goofy sense of humour, often at his own self-drepacting expense. He was someone who was genuine, kind, compassionate; All the things that we need more of in todays day and age. I am sad that he came to such a place that he felt like he couldn’t reach out and get the help he needed. I say this not to judge, but to express the love and respect I felt for him as a dynamic human being. Barry, Thank you for making all of our lives a little more rich for having had the chance to have you in them. Even though I haven’t seen you in quite awhile, please know that you are loved and missed tremendously. Respect, Love, Sleep well old friend.

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  17. I now live in Vancouver but I used to work at Foothills Emergency. I met Barry just a few times for a few minutes each time and I still remember him. He was a funny guy and dedicated firefighter. Such a devastating loss. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and colleagues.

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  18. A man who could light up a room when he walked into it! You burned so brightly my friend! My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. Peace be with you.

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  19. Alissa (Levitt) Ulster

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Barry. I went to elementary school with Barry (Crestview Public School) in Toronto. I will remember him as a kind soul. I am deeply saddened by his sudden passing, and by the struggles he had.

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  20. To the Dawson family I send you my deepest condolences.
    I’ve known Barry for more than 15 years.
    He was a supportive customer of my business and always brought a smile to me or my employee’s faces.
    He will be missed.

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  21. Words can not express the loss your family are going through. Please know that Barry will be greatly missed. He was my friend. Our family are praying that you as a family will get through this difficult time.

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  22. To Barry’s family and friends,

    My sincerest condolences for your loss. I am in shock and saddened by Barry’s passing and know that his memories will live on. I went to school with Barry and remember and will always remember him fondly. Rest in peach Barry.

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  23. Brian & Carolyn Teichroeb

    This is difficult…Our deepest sympathies to Barry’s loved ones, friends and colleagues. We knew him from the Springs and remember him for his zest for life, enthusiastic attitude and upbeat personality. Melissa, stay strong and press ahead with the work you are doing to raise awareness for PTSD. “What was intended to harm, God intended for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of lives (Gen 50:20)”.

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  24. My dear friend, I cannot tell how shocked I was about that news. I will always remember you as the smiling, wonderful, wide-hearted and open-minded person I got to know. Its unbelievable that you are not with us anymore. I am sad and so many are too. My heart is with you, your Family and with all the people who loved you, this comes from the other corner of the world, Germany. where ever you are, but you will be with us!

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