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Barry Kowal

Joined Transport Canada at age of 21 - Retired from NavCanada in 2002

 

 

Passed Away in 2012 - Scroll Down for Obituary  

Décès en 2012 - Avis de décès au bas de la page  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obituary  -  Avis de décès

Barry Kowal

???? - 2012

 

Peacefully with family at his side, Barry passed away on March 14, 2012. Barry is survived by his wife Lynne, sons Barry and Robin, grandchildren Taylor and Makenna, mother Jean, brother Dennis (Ethel), and sisters Evelyn and Darlene along with many aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws Leslie and Bob, Charlotte, Phyllis, Stuart and Linda and families, colleagues and friends. Barry was predeceased by his father Mike, his son Michael, his niece Carissa, in-laws Robert and Muriel Vincent, and brother-in-law Richard Vincent.

 

Barry was born in Grandview, MB and grew up on the family farm. He came to Winnipeg in 1966 where he met Lynne and they were married in 1968.

 

He began work for Transport Canada at the age of 21 and was stationed throughout Manitoba before settling in Dauphin where he worked and raised his family. In 1994 the family moved to Selkirk and continued working with NAVCANADA at the Winnipeg flight service station until his retirement in 2002.

 

Early summer mornings at the cottage in Ponemah were special times for Barry; he loved his morning paper and coffee out on the deck. The hours he would spend with his grandchildren Tay and Mak were extra special and he was their go to guy for anything they needed. Barry was truly a gentle soul, generous with his time and affections. He will be missed by all who knew him.

 

A service for Barry will be held at Gilbart Funeral Home, 309 Eveline Street, Selkirk, MB on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family and friends if desired can make a donation to the charity of their choice. He was truly a beautiful man. Rest in peace with our beloved Michael.

 

Testimonial from Tom Gibson

( Source: Phil Gies & John Gilbert )

 

Barry and Lynne showed up in Brochet spring of 1969. The powers to be decided that Brochet Aeradio/Met station would go to synos only, and only needed two to do this and the radio was on request only. Of course the married couple were expected to live in the "barracks". So I went on a cleaning and painting up rampage as I was afraid of the wife not liking the accommodations, experiencing that in Churchill. When they flew in on a Norseman, ice was starting to get little thin, they arrived with a big St. Bernard dog. I took them to my house as I wanted the aircraft to leave before they saw the accommodations. That's when Barry put a 40oz of whiskey on the table, saying "Horning said if I was to get along with the OIC, this would help". We drank it down and were very good friends ever since. Lynne said the accommodations was ok, good old farm kids, not looking for 5 star. Barry was one of the good guys, Shelley and I will miss him, old slow walking, slow talking Barry.

 

Tom Gibson

 

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