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PRICE, Barrie Charles Elgin

PRICE, Barrie Charles Elgin

“Love Never Ends”

Barrie began life’s endeavour September 13, 1945. Born to Thelma and John Price in Winnipeg MB, he was the second child of four. Originally living in the Spearhill area, the family left Manitoba and moved to Kitimat BC. In 1958 they moved to Regina SK where Barrie attended Imperial School and Central Collegiate.

Barrie was an Air Cadet with the Hercules Regina 41 Squadron and joined the RCAF in November 1962 and completed his training in January 1964. He resided on numerous bases across Canada as Crash-Rescue personnel until about 1969. Shortly after that he worked for Aluminum Co. of Canada and with the RCMP Auxiliary personnel in Kitimat BC.

Coming from a family with musical background, music, song and dance played a large roll in Barrie’s life right from a young age attending local barn dances. It was only natural he would learn to play guitar and his good friend, co-worker, Art MacAulay taught him. They formed a band and would practice in the basement of the fire hall and played at dances.

He married in 1969 and had two daughters, Rhonda and Donell, then later separated and divorced in 1988. Becoming a single parent to teenage girls meant quickly learning a lot that life hadn’t as yet prepared him for, including how to use a sewing machine.

Barrie reconnected with his first girlfriend Evangeline Gash from a period of 30 years prior. They had double dated with his friend, Dennis Hordichuk and his girlfriend, in 1962 while they were in Air Cadets. Barrie moved west to BC in September 1992 to be with Evangeline and they were married in December 1993 on the 32nd anniversary of their first date with Dennis being his Best Man.

Being a “People Person” helped Barrie build a successful sales career that he was proud of. It took him from underground mines to farms, golf courses and construction sites through most towns and cities in Canada’s 4 western provinces. First a Sales Rep for Brandt Machinery in SK that led to Ditch Witch and owning a dealership in Winnipeg then onto Service Manager for Mid Canada Truck Services and Fleet Manager for Coca Cola. His move west introduced him to Aerway, John Deere and Bobcat products. He drove transit bus and snow plow while in Kelowna. Saving the best for last; he drove bus for a retirement home in Regina and loved every minute of it. After fully retiring he and Evangeline made one last move - back home to Kelowna BC.

Barrie was a man who loved life. He was an active man who loved fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and camping. He didn’t participate in a lot of sports but he loved his curling, golfing and scuba diving. He couldn’t miss a hockey or football game on TV if his favourite team was playing.

Barrie was a “go to” person. Always ready to help others. If something needed repairing he fixed it, if someone needed support he offered a hand. He took on numerous projects from home renovations and additions to building a house, several garages and even furniture for their first granddaughter.

Barrie had a great love for his friends and family and he had a wonderful sense of humour and loved being a prankster (nobody was exempt). For years he said the best time in his life was when they lived in a gated community in Kelowna where the owners came together in work and play. Barrie lived in a lot of different places, met a lot of different folks and made some terrific friends along the way. We all will miss his wit, advice and helping hand.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, siblings Darlene and Brian, grandson Tayson, brothers-in-law Edward and Herb, good friends Art and Dennis along with his Bro, Lou Spencer.

Barrie was a “Once met always Remembered type of Guy” and will be sadly missed by his loving wife Evangeline, daughters Rhonda (Mike) McDonald of Thompson MB and Donell (Alex) Bear of Winnipeg MB, step children Dwayne (Karen) Donald of Quesnel BC, Sandy (Alex) Kuzemchuk of Kelowna BC and Karen L. Donald of Wasa Lake BC, grandchildren Jonna, Reid, Daniel and Jackson, step grandchildren Tammi (Brian), Samantha, Breanna and Jordan, step great grandchildren Emmersyn, Payten and Kalon, his brother Reid (Shirley), sisters-in-law Rita, Phyllis and Dorothy, brothers-in-law Gerry and James (Donna) as well as aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and his many friends and associates.

Barrie’s family wishes to thank Dr. Ben Wiese and the caring staff at Brandt’s Creek Mews for the excellent care he received until his passing June 2, 2017.

There will be no gathering; instead his wife asks that you take the time to reflect back to when you knew Barrie and what he meant to you and raise a glass to him. A private placing of his ashes will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kelowna and area office for The Alzheimer’s Society of BC at # 307 - 1624 Richter Street, Kelowna BC V1Y 8N3.

Barrie will be remembered for the enjoyment he got from radio, singing along to music or listening to stories, whether he was at home or on the road. It’s fitting to close Barrie’s journey with the words of Stuart McLean “Love Never Ends”.

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Condolence Messages
  • Jun 21, 2017
    So sorry for your loss Evangeline, I loved kidding around with Barry when I worked for John Deere in Kelowna and always enjoyed his company while at the Salmon Arm fair and the IPE, its very sad to know he's left us! Take courage and hang on to the memories! Cliff Voth
  • Jun 06, 2017
    So sorry to hear Evangeline. I appreciate the many years we got to know each other through business. I will always remember his greeting with his wonderful smile that could turn any mood around. He will continue to help you smile as you feel his presence from above.
    Sending you love and hugs,
    Heike Mackeriss
  • Jun 05, 2017
    Cheers to our good friend Barrie "Older than Dirt" Price. Have a safe crossing into that far better place where the sun always shines and only happiness is allowed. We will make that crossing ourselves someday so save us a place at your table and we can reminisce about the good old days. Love you Barrie and we will keep an eye on Evange for you.
    Your Pinewoods pals, Bill and Marilyn