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WILLIAM BILSLAND BARR
Born: Dec 02, 1924
Date of Passing: Nov 02, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
WILLIAM BILSLAND BARR
December 2, 1924 November 2, 2020
Bill is survived by his beautiful wife of 70 years, Doris, his daughter, Jane Pereux (Rene); son, Dan Barr (Michele); grandchildren; Ray Pereux (Lisa), Lianne Pereux (Daniel Billinkoff), Ryan Copen (Tegan), Logan Copen (Camille), Will Janssen (Gill), Erin Janssen, and Michael Janssen (Stephanie Strempler); great-grandchildren, Shyla, Sadie, Rae-Ann, Nathan, Aria, Luke and Lydia.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Nancy Barr in 2011, as well as brothers and sisters, Lou Barr, Doris Barr, Eileen Pound, and Art Barr.
Bill was a devoted husband and father. He loved Doris and they had the most wonderful relationship right up to Bill's passing. They were a kind, considerate, and loving couple and a great role model for their children. Bill made everyone in his family feel special and loved. Birthdays, Christmas, Halloween and Canada Day amongst others were always special with Bill.
Bill loved to laugh and he loved to make others laugh. He was very quick witted in a kind and seemingly innocent way that was both funny and charming. He rarely failed at coming back with a humorous reply or answer to almost any form of comment, inquiry or social situation.
Bill worked with the Canadian Pacific Railway for 44 years. Starting as a wiper of the engines at the age of 16 and, after stints as a brakeman and a fireman, he became an engineer during the age of steam-powered locomotion. During his career, Bill was a proud member of and always active in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He served on numerous committees and delegations dealing with his union's functions. Bill was also an active member of the retired railway engineer's community, organizing luncheons, relief drives and other functions.
Bill had many hobbies, interests and pursuits, too numerous to mention. Everywhere he went, in almost every one of the clubs, committees, coffee klatches or carver's clutches, Bill had an impact and a positive influence on people and events.
Bill lived his entire life with a positive attitude and a love of people. He had a ridiculous sense of humor which brought laughter and joy to everyone he met. He made many friends throughout his life and he will be missed by all.
Our family would like to thank the staff at Dakota House, and all the friends he made there for the kindness and care given to Bill over the years.
Condolences may be left on Bill's Memorial page at www.GreenAcresFuneralHome.com
Funeral Home and Cemetery
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 14, 2020
Condolences & Memories (10 entries)
We just want to honour the family (Dan, Michele, Will, Erin, and Michael) who have lost one of their pillars. Sad news at an already painful time in our history with the Pandemic in our world. We pray for the family and offer all we can at this time via a virtual hug. - Posted by: Randy Clark (Past friend) on: Nov 18, 2020
Bill always knew how to put the biggest smile on everybody's faces, including mine. He had so much wisdom in everything he said and you can tell he always meant it always from the bottom of his heart. His dedication to family, friends and everything else he did always inspired me. I remember every single break I had at work, would be spent chatting away with Bill because he was the best part of every shift. I can't even put into words how much this man will be missed by everybody here. The biggest smile, the biggest heart, the best laugh, and the best sense of humor. Sending my condolences and a million hugs to the family. We are thinking of you. - Posted by: Sydney (Worker at Dakota House) on: Nov 17, 2020
On behalf of Norman McDonald and family we send our sincere condolences to the Barr family. We have since reminisced about our various times with Mr. Barr. To us as kids he was such a big man with a magical smile and wonderful sense of humor. We recalled the time he gave us a train ride from Winnipeg Beach to Gimli. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. - Posted by: gerard McDonald (Fellow CPR Engineer) on: Nov 16, 2020
I remember this gentleman’s strength and grace . To the family - Sincere sympathy on your loss. Prayers and thoughts go out to all of you. - Posted by: Kerron Kidd (Caregiver of his wife) on: Nov 14, 2020
Mr Bill. You touched so many hearts at Dakota House. You treated each and everyone of us with the respect and kindness You made us all feel so special. Our house won't be the same without you, but a part of you I will see again in spring time when all the tulips start to bloom, thank you for your generous gift. I will miss our talks very much, when my days were crazy you were the one who put the smile back on my face. To a Great man and Gentleman. to family you were very blessed to have him but I know what great children he had too, and his beautiful wife, hugs to you all. - Posted by: june rogoski (his housekeeper at dakota house) on: Nov 14, 2020
I worked at Dakota House for a short period of time, and Bill Barr was one of the best tenants to serve! He always was so kind when others weren’t, and was so nice to me. I’ll remember one day I came to work with my hair braided and he thought it was the coolest thing ever. He told me I should keep wearing my hair like that. I’ll forever remember him, as he was one of the nicest men Ive ever met. - Posted by: Jory (Got to serve him at one point in time) on: Nov 14, 2020
Uncle Bill, wasn't actually my Uncle he was my mum's Uncle; but I liked to claim him as my own. Any family gathering was made much merrier if Uncle Bill was there, he was a favourite among the kids, and never failed to make us laugh. He loved dogs, and I had the pleasure of going on many outings to Birds Hill Park with him, his dogs and his brothers Art and my Grandpa Lou. They were a fun bunch and obviously shared a close brotherly relationship. I have the fondest memories of my Uncle Bill; he had a lot of kindness and love to share. Much love to Jane and family, and Dan and family and to Aunt Doris. Thinking of you all. Val Cavers - Posted by: Valerie Cavers (Family member) on: Nov 14, 2020
Jane, Rene & family We were sad to hear of your father (in-law)'s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are being sent to you and your family. - Posted by: Grace and Allan Mott (Friends) on: Nov 14, 2020
What can we say about Mr. Barr. At Easter he would hop over in his life size pink Bunny suit. He would pick our crabapples and return with crabapple wine. He would train his dogs on the front lawn how to hunt. He was there to chat on the street, but more importantly, he would make you laugh. When our mother became a resident at Dakota House, we were able to continue visiting with Mr. Barr. Knowing daily, he was off to visit the love of his life, was one of the most beautiful love stories of all. We would like to offer our condolences on your dad's crossing over to heaven where he will be together once again with my young childhood friend, his daughter Nancy. - Posted by: Laurie Gydé (neighbors from Niakwa Park and friends) on: Nov 14, 2020
Bill was a lovely sweet man. His devotion to Doris was remarkable. The world is a sadder place for his passing. Colleen and Kris - Posted by: Colleen and Kris Baldwin (friend) on: Nov 14, 2020
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