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Barry Martin Pugh

April 28, 1964 ~ March 28, 2018 (age 53)

Barry Martin Pugh

In the caring hands of the amazing medical staff at MacGregor Health Centre Barry Pugh passed away in comfort on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the age of 53 years.

Barry was predeceased by his parents Ruth and Russell Pugh; mother & father-in-law Millie and Morley Human and special nephew Tyler Gray.

Left to treasure his memory are his loving wife Marie; sister Betty (Clarence) Koldyk of Portage; brother Bill (Pam) Pugh and niece Victoria of Portage; cousins Cheryl Trowsdale of London, ON, Ryan (Jane) Jervis of England, Roger (Audra) Jervis of England; brother-in-law Bill (Jane) Human of Portage; sisters-in-law Joanne (Frank) Smith of Moosejaw, SK, Audrey (Marvin) Gray of Bagot, Arlene (Bob) Kuzmik of Winnipeg, MB and Jeanne (Ray) Van Der Mark of Comox, BC; nephews and nieces: Paul (Tammy) Human of Selkirk, Dana (Owen) Skaftfeld of Portage, Richard (Angie) Smith of Melville, SK, Aaron Smith (Corie Gaudry) of Melville, SK, Chad Gray of Bagot, Stacie (Ryan) Turner of MacGregor, Harrison (Josee) Kuzmik of Warren, Sheldon Kuzmik of Winnipeg, Danu Van Der Mark (Anita Therriault) of Edmonton, AB, Amber Van Der Mark of Egypt, Brittany (Don) Harrison of Comox, BC and many great nephews and nieces.

Barry was born on April 28, 1964 at the Portage District General Hospital.  He spent his school years in Portage at Yellowquill School from grade 1 through 9, then attended high school at Portage Collegiate.  He was voted school president in grade 12 and proud of organizing a major fundraiser for the school that year.

After graduating high school, Barry continued farming on the family farm with his dad and brother, and they produced Pedigreed seed which he was proud of.  Anyone who knew Barry knew his favorite sport was of course, curling.  He lived for it, rarely missed a game so not to let his teammates down.  Barry was also known for making his own stainless steel sliders, gliding the length of the sheet.  He won his fair share of trophies in juniors, league, farmers, zones and mixed zones.  Some other hobbies he enjoyed included motorcycling, inventing, building, fixing, unicycling, water skiing, swimming, taking pictures of the clouds and setting off fireworks.

Barry Married Marie in 1992, and they enjoyed life together in Portage la Prairie.

Barry was an incredible man, most people he met remember him by his quick wit and friendly smile.  He was always willing to help anyone in need and had a soft spot for animals. 

Barry’s family are so grateful to the staff at HSC CancerCare, Dr. Russell Price, Dr. Mike Omichinski and the medical staff at Portage District General Hospital, especially the medical ward and at the MacGregor Health Centre.  All of you have made this journey so much easier.

A private family service will be held.

As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Barry’s memory to the Portage District General Hospital Foundation, 524 Fifth St.SE, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 3A8.

A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel.  204-857-4021

Donations may be made to:

Portage District General Hospital Foundation
524 5th St. SE, Portage la Prairie, MB MB R1N 3A8

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