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Barry Michael Bernard

June 17, 1942 - May 18, 2022


It is with sorrow that the family announces the passing of a husband, dad, and greatest “Gpa “in the whole wide world.

Barry was born in Windsor, Ontario and passed away on May 18, 2022 at Kootenay Lake Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.  Heartful thanks to Dr. Malpass, Dr. Tuvel and Dr. Sonnichsen who worked tirelessly in providing a great quality of life for several years.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Sonia, son Duane (Sherry) Richardson, and granddaughters Shelby (Nick) Clarabut, and Sheyenne (Gyampo) Akawali along with four treasured great grandchildren Luca, Abel, Dani, and Austin.  Barry treasured the recent visits spent with his family.

Barry’s career spanned many professions; mainly in the automotive industry.  He was a generous man with his time spent for many treasured years mentoring young children in hockey, darts, bowling, and golf.

Moving to Balfour upon his retirement was the best “place” in the world.  He embraced all that the community had to offer; anxious to volunteer at any opportunity coming his way.  Golfing was his favourite pastime gaining him many friends that remain to this day.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation –  ultrasound system for oncology, 3 View Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1.   https://klhf.org/wp/

A celebration of life service will be held at the Balfour Covenant Church, Balfour BC at 11:00 AM June 18, 2022.  All welcome to attend.

Interment will be held in Alberta on July 10, 2022.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Brian and Ev Sutton
Relation: Friend

Our condolences to Sonia and family.

From: Rachel Auger
Relation: Friend

Hi My family and myself would like to send our condolences to Sonia and family. I knew Barry through the YBC program, he was a good coach and friend. Will be missed.

From: Debbie B.

I am so sorry for your loss! I bowled with Barry for many years in Calgary and he always had a smile on his face, ready to say hi, and just one of the nicest guys around! Sending condolences to the entire family.

From: Dorothy Stachniak
Relation: Sister-in-law

The loss of a loved one is tragic. Sonia, Dwayne, Shelby and Shyanne, may the good Lord grant you comfort in knowing that Barry is in a better place. May his memory be eternal.

From: Barry Studer
Relation: Brc news letter

Sonia, we enjoyed time with Barry during his smoke break chats around the maintenance yard. He’s a good man.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
June 18, 2022
Beginning at 11:00am

Balfour Covenant Church
Upper Balfour Road
Balfour, BC Canada

A celebration of life service will be held at the Balfour Covenant Church, Balfour BC at 11:00 AM June 18, 2022.  All welcome to attend.

Interment will be held in Alberta on July 10, 2022.

Upper Balfour Road
Balfour, BC Canada

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