It is with heavy hearts that the family of Barry Braden announces his passing, on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at the age 71 years.
Barry will always be lovingly remembered by his wife, of 48 years, Helen (Bell). He was so proud of his girls Carrie Braden/Brown (Kevin), Sharaden Trumbla (Tracy) and Erika Braden (George). As girls ran in the family, Grandpa or Grampy was thrilled with his 5 granddaughters, Mackenzie, Rylee and Callie Brown and Kessley and Makayla Jackson. He is survived by his brother Dennis Braden (Carol); sisters-in-law Beth Delorme (Russell), Kay O’Neil (Gerry) and Mary Jane Belanger (Mark); brother-in-law John Bell (Goldie), along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also, his dearly beloved auntie Ruth Barbour.
Barry is predeceased by his parents, May and Cliff Braden, and in-laws Tom and Marion Bell.
Family was very important to Barry. He was a very involved parent. As soon as the girls could walk he had them fishing or camping on the river. For many years he coach their ringette and hockey teams and never missed a baseball game. He taught the girls how to drive, especially stick. Barry could always find a good deal on a car for them to drive. If his girls needed a mechanic, plumber, electrician or advice they always knew he was there for them.
The 55 Ford was how Barry met the love of his life, Helen. His wish was to get the car back on the road again so the two of them could cruise the avenue. He tried so hard to re-build it, but due to poor health, he was unable to complete his goal.
Throughout Barry’s life he could be found with friends either on the baseball diamonds, as a goalie in the hockey rinks, out fishing at Crow Duck Lake, racing cars, or camping at T.J. Landing and Grand Rapids. As well as having a good time going out for supper or coffee.
All his working years, Barry was a parts-man, and as a result got to know many people in and around Portage. He retired to babysit the Grandkids.
At Barry’s request there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers take a friend out for coffee, hug your family, or take your grandkids skating when safe to do so, and appreciate every minute of it.
Our home feels a lot more empty because he is not around. We will find strength in our family and friends.
“Squeeze you later!”
A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. www.mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com
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