John ‘Jack’ Barry, born Dec. 4, 1950 passed away peacefully after his battle with cancer on April 6th, 2010 with his family by his side and listening to his favorite music.
Jack was born in Saskatoon, SK. Predeceased by his beloved dog Jett.
Jack is survived by his loving mother Lillian, father Fredrick (Gladys), wife Linda, brother Fred (favorite sister-in-law Brigitte), sister Lynn, son Jonathan, daughters Cher & Kim, sons-in-law Crosby & O.J., grandsons (Phoenix, Samuel, Pharoah, Thorin, Greye & Hayden), brother & sisters-in-law, nieces & nephews – and special people he has both renewed or gained friendships with throughout his journey including friends Mary, Carmen, Thuriasamy, Erin, Al & Olive.
Over the years, Jack also had a special extended family from B.C. to Saskatchewan that in his own words stated ‘I feel bad that there are too many that I am unable to reach that have helped me with their kindness & I have too little time – I just want them all to know how much I appreciate them.’
Jack was a social person who thoroughly enjoyed keeping active throughout his life up to to this very last days. Jack had a real love for dogs, which started as a young child. Other interests and passions that Jack had were running, rock climbing & repelling, boxing, chess, wood carving, chocolate and more importantly his great love & devotion towards his dear mother (who’s nightly talks lended much support to Jack during his final days).
Jack was known by most for his humour, shock value, sincerity & honesty in telling of his own life stories.
Jack had a niche for meeting friends easily and on every occasion possible as he was just easy to like & easier to love.
In lieu of flowers a donation in memory of Jack could be made to the BC Cancer Agency, your local shelter or the SPCA. Jack would encourage those unable to donate, to hold your mother/children close to your heart, reach out to those you love, & to ensure you volunteer to assist those less fortunate.
Great thoughts of appreciation to Valleyhaven Guest House exceptional staff & nurses (special thanks to nurse Corinne), Dr. Moseaco & the Boyle McCauley Health Centre of Edmonton (for their compassion & empathy), Hospice workers (Leadyl & Matthew), Dr. Bull, Tom M., Andrea M., Cindy N., Cathy C., Pastor Martin & Wayne Newman. Jack’s family will be forever grateful for their kindness & those that assisted to allow Jack to feel at home & die with dignity.
A celebration of life will take place Father’s Day weekend for Jack’s immediate family & close friends as per his expressed wishes for an outdoor gathering to enjoy the first days of summer with laughter and great stories.
‘I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.;
– Muhammad Ali.
We love you dad xoxo.