“Bear” left his family and friends tragically and suddenly on August 16, 2014. Kevin Barry was born to parents Verna and Fred of Robson on October 8, 1963. Barry did all his growing up in Robson attending elementary school there before moving to K. J. S. S. and finally to high school in Castlegar.
In his youth Barry wasn’t much into organized sports. He did, however, love the great outdoors and spent many happy hours fishing, hunting and trapping with his dad and grandfather Charlie.
After graduation Barry worked for the C.P.R. – locally and then in the East Kootenay’s. After a major lay off there he returned to his favourite mountains and streams around Castlegar. He got reacquainted with old friends and made several new ones. A special friend was Stuart Sutherland. Barry worked for Stuart who had creek cleanup contracts with BC Hydro and they remained close friend until the end.
Barry found other work with local contractors mostly in construction and home renovation. To locals he became known ads “Buzz”.
Recently he suffered two accidents which severely impeded his ability to work. But he began a recovery with help from Dr. Vasil and the folks at Saber Physiotherapy. All of this came to an end with his sudden passing.
Left to mourn his loss are his grandmother Elena Salekin of Rota Villa, his parents and sisters Arleen Langille of Calgary and Renita Lennon of Castlegar. He is also survived by three uncles, 2 aunts and several cousins, nephews and nieces.
The family would like to than those who provided us with thoughtful, professional care during our time of troubles – Cst. K. Plotnikoff, Sheree Schiavon and Andy Cave of B.C. Corners Service and Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and cremation Services.
A celebration of life has already taken place.