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SCOTT, Barry Douglas

October 25, 1961 – April 2, 2019

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Barry Scott, deeply loved husband, father, brother, son, friend, and mentor, taken much too soon on April 2, 2019.

Barry was born and raised in Edmonton, and moved to Calgary to begin his teaching career as a young adult. Teaching science was his passion, followed closely by coaching cross-country running. He was tireless in preparing creative and meaningful lessons, and after learning from the best, embraced the opportunity to mentor others.

He was young at heart, subscribing to the belief that ‘youth has no age.’ Barry loved to run, bike, ski, and swim, rarely missing a daily workout. One of his greatest pleasures was swimming with Foothills Masters Swim Club for over thirty years, and the friendships created during that time. Barry had a deep passion for the outdoors, spending many of his happiest moments at his family’s cottage on Pigeon Lake, hiking in the mountains close to home or further afield with family, or on his annual guy’s summer backpacking trip.

Above all, he was committed to his ‘girls,’ his wife Maureen and daughter Erin. He chose to forego many opportunities in order to come home and be with them. He was an extraordinarily loving husband and father, spending hours playing in the snow, playing ping pong, and seeking adventure wherever it could be found. Barry will be truly missed by Maureen and Erin; mother Dorothy, sister Shauna (Jamie), brother-in-law Stuart (Joanne), nieces Renee and Danielle; other extended family and many dear friends. He was recently predeceased by his father Ron.

Special thanks to Drs. Michael Wong and Brad Mechor for their exemplary care over many years, and to the staff of Unit 57 and the ICU at Foothills Hospital. A celebration of Barry’s life will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 20 at the Valley Ridge Golf Clubhouse (11618 Valley Ridge Park NW, Calgary, AB). Messages of condolence may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations can be made to Lymphoma Canada, 6860 Century Avenue, Suite 202, 1-866-659-5556, www.lymphoma.ca or to the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association, Box 1379 Bragg Creek Alberta T0L 0K0 www.braggcreektrails.org.

In living memory of Barry Scott, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Maureen and Erin – I am so deeply sorry for the loss of such a wonderful husband and father. I’m keeping you both close in my thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Erin and Maureen, I am so, so sorry for the loss of such special man. Please accept my condolences, and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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  3. Masureen and Erin: I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Barry had a passion for his family, friends, sports and students. He had a positive impact on my life and I will miss him.

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  4. Maureen and Erin, I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of teaching with Barry for 10 years before he retired. His passion for learning and teaching science was unwavering, his dedication to his students and the profession was unfaltering, his quest for adventure was inspiring. The world has lost a truly incredible man but his legacy lives on in so many of the colleagues, students and athletes that he impacted.

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  5. Maureen & Erin
    I was very fortunate to have worked with Barry at Bowness High School Science Department. It was with great shock and sadness that I learned of his untimely passing. He will be truly missed. My deepest sympathy & condolence.

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  6. Karen Summersgill Baranowski

    My heart hurts to think of your sorrow Aunt Dorothy, Maureen and Erin. May you find peace in the days to come and know that the Summersgill side of the family mourns your loss of Barry and Uncle Ron as well. Look after each other. God bless. Love: Barry’s cousin, Karen

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  7. Maureen and Erin, words cannot express my surprise and sadness at hearing about Barry’s passing. I was in a funk for days upon hearing of it. He was so full of life and energy, and did everything…teaching, running, swimming, hiking, etc. Mostly, that was of course his dedication and love for you guys! We lost touch somewhat after I stopped swimming and working with Barry, but I’m glad I saw him at his retirement and just last year at the pool. He will be sorely missed.

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  8. May your memories of happy times ease your pain of loss. A donation to Lymphoma Canada has been made in Barry’s memory.
    I will miss Barry at Foothills Masters – he was a constant at the club for so many years.

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  9. Maureen & Erin,
    Hearts hold love forever
    Hands hold tight to give strength when it’s needed most
    My love and deepest sympathy are with you as I share in your loss.
    Take good care of each other ❤️

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  10. Very sorry to hear about Cousin Barry’s passing, Aunt Dorothy.I do not have the words to express my shock and sadness over what has happened with Uncle Ron and now Barry.My condolences to you Aunt Dorothy,Maureen and Erin and may they both rest in peace.Ken Summersgill.

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  11. I was a student in Mr. Scott’s Biology 30 class in 2014. He was the reason I decided to pursue a biology degree, and always encouraged me to succeed in my academics. I will never forget Mr. Scott and the impact he had on my life. My condolences to your family, Mr. Scott impacted so many people. May he rest in peace.

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  12. Margot McKinnon

    Dear Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. I taught with Barry (English department) at Crescent Heights High School. While I did not know Barry very well, I was always impressed by his integrity and professionalism. My warmest thoughts are with you! Margot McKinnon

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  13. As friends from Crescent Heights High School, I would like to convey our deepest sympathy on the passing of Barry. It is often difficult to find the right words to say when the loss of a loved one comes. However, just know we have all gone through it and empathize with you. May the Good Lord be with you during this sad time.
    Blessings, Daniel Smith

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  14. Maureen and Erin I was so saddened to hear the tragic news. I had the pleasure of working with Barry at Bowness High School. Barry was truly a “one in a million” type of guy ! I pray that all the happy memories you shared, will flood your hearts for years to come. God bless, Alyce Boraas
    “””

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  15. Sue & Mitch Sallis

    Our heart goes out to you & your families.
    Warm hugs,
    Sue & Mitch Sallis

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  16. Spent many hours in Foothills Pool with Barry. He was a great swimmer and friend. We were born the same year and I remember us talking about that at a FMSC Christmas party once, debating what Chinese zodiac animal we were because I was born before the Chinese new year, he was after. Thoughts to Maureen and Erin, sincerest condolences.

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  17. Deepest sympathies to your family.

    I knew Barry well in the mid 80’s when we trained together for triathlons over many hours in the pool, running in the River Valley, and cycling at many races across Alberta.

    Barry’s love for sport, health, and camaraderie was always visible, and I have him to thank for introducing me to his Fraternity friends that eventually became my own.

    I always looked up to Barry as a big brother at the U of A, and was honoured to be at his wedding at Lake Louise.

    Although I lost touch with him sine I moved to BC in the early 90’s, I will never forget his class, polite manner, and sheer determination to master every sport he played. I still remember his taste in music (ABC, Spandau Ballet), and his gracious nature any time you did something thoughtful.

    I have him to thank for getting me back into the sports I loved through his infectious enthusiasm and encouragement to always improve.

    He will be missed, but never forgotten.

    Me. Ashram Mustapha

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  18. Lisa Phernambucq

    Dear Maureen and Erin,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you both. No words can express how very sad I am to hear of Barry’s passing. I’m thinking of you both. I remember fondly the day you were married and what a lovely couple you were. Again, I am truly sorry for your loss.

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  19. Diane and George De Fazio

    Dear Maureen and Erin,
    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your Barry but we know that this is far from what you are going through right now. I would like to pass on to you a fond memory of Barry I have when I worked with him at Bowness High School. The start of his school day would see Barry come in to the Science office and stop at his desk. On his desk was a photo frame that held many family photos. He would always pick it up, smile fondly at the picture, and then change it to a new one. He certainly had his priorities right – love of his family. We hope by sharing this memory that it might give some small comfort to you. For us, Barry will still be alive in our hearts and will not be forgotten.
    Diane & George

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  20. Dear Maureen & family,

    What sad news to read of Barry’s death. My memories of him from U of A are of him always smiling and exuding happiness and joie de vivre. You are in my thoughts and prayers, especially your daughter to lose her father so early in life.

    Jackie (Johnson) Bernard

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  21. Dear Maureen and Erin
    We were very saddened to hear of Barry’s death – got us reminiscing about so many good memories as neighbours on Manyhorses Bay. You are in our thoughts.
    Sending you a virtual hug,
    Mary & Jim

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  22. Dear Erin And Maureen.
    We are so very sorry for the loss of your loving father and partner. He was a wonderful, vibrant and caring man, with a special smile, so full of life, and love for you.
    Please know you are in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers.
    Love and Hugs ~ Markus, Madison, Stephanie, Mark and Tammy Schmidt

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  23. I was so sorry to learn about Barry. We had adjacent desks at Crescent Heights High School for a few years and I worked closely with him as the lab tech in the department. He was always so detail oriented and a very enthusiastic teacher. I remember how proud he was of Erin and I listened with interest about her accomplishments and his, I remember, in his first Masters’ swim meet. Sadly, I will not be able to attend the memorial service as I now live in the Okanagan but I send my condolences to the family.

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  24. Maureen and Erin,
    We were so very sorry to here of Barry. Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow and you are in our hearts.
    Love Dee and Megen Zalasky

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  25. I am deeply shocked that Barry passed away. I still see him sitting opposite me across a table in the science staff room, going over his lessons and marking papers.
    He was a young man full of energy and enthusiasm for teaching. Now and then he would proudly show me a photo of you Maureen and Erin.
    I know it is a tragedy that is and will be painful to live with.
    May time make the loss less painful and may your family and friends be there to help and support you both.

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  26. Thinking of you at this very difficult time Maureen – love and peace to you…keep your memories close – xo

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  27. It saddens me to hear of Barry’s recent passing.
    Although Barry was a year ahead of me in high school, we were in the same teacher education program, and both trained as biology teachers, and student taught at M.E. Lazerte, at the same time. After graduation we kept in touch by his annual pilgrimage to Edmonton to attend the Biology and Chemistry Regionals meeting that I organized each May, and occasionally at road races or triathlons.
    Barry was highly respected as a teacher, coach, athlete, and colleague. I will remember him for his gentle manner, and great sense of humour. He was also well respected and sought out by other teachers throughout his career for guidance, mentorship, and common sense answers to difficult questions.
    It saddens me to know that there will be one less life-long runner to encounter on the Whitemud Creek nature preserve trails, the trails that Barry started his running career on, which are by his Parent’s home in Edmonton. This weekend during my run, I’m sure I’ll sense Barry’s spirit when I am running along those trails, and I’ll wish his spirit a safe journey.
    I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his colleagues, past students, friends, and especially his family.
    I can only wish that the time until you begin to smile over stories involving Barry is brief, as his well-lived life was rich and rewarded by having you all in it.
    Dan Leskiw

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  28. Dear Maureen and Erin
    I would like to offer my profound sympathy on the passing of one of the most elegant and affable people I have ever known. Barry and I spent over 35 years in the same lane at the Foothills pool chasing each other back and forth and never getting tired of it. He always inspired me to keep going .and I was in awe of his determination to keep fit, to keep healthy, and of course of his physique ( he was like a ripped Mark Spitz ) . Barry was the face of the club. He rarely missed a practice, he held endless discussion sessions in the shower room, he rarely missed a social event ( he was especially fond of breakfast at Barb’s). As a club president he instituted a bursary program for up and coming swimmers as his way of giving back to the community. He was a great friend and he will be sorely missed but his love of life will always be cherished.

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  29. Dear Maureen and Erin
    Although no words will really express our sorrow about your loss, we want you both to know that we are so sorry, and are here for you.
    Randy and Lynn

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