BARRY WILLIAM SOMERS
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It is with profound sadness that the family of Barry announces his tragic death, on Sunday, November 25, 2012 in California, USA, while doing what he loved; riding his Harley on a warm sunny California day. Barry was predeceased by his father Bill, Mother-in-law Hazel, who Barry affectionately referred to as the Chief, his Father-in-law Alfred, and his Grandparents. He is survived by his mother Luella, his best friend and wife, Claudia, children Cory (Karoll), Staci (Graham) and grandchildren Will, Dustin, Demi (Tyson),Cole, Sydney, and Peyton, as well as his brother in law Larry (Carole) neices and nephews relatives and friends.
Barry was raised on a farm near Perdue where his father taught him how to farm and his mother taught him how to shoot his first gun. He spent many happy hours hunting and riding horses with his cousin Bill Anderson As a teenager, he enjoyed driving his cars and hanging out with his group of friends who were well known around the Perdue area as the Leney Boys. It was during those teen years that Barry and Claudia began their relationship that grew into a love affair spanning 5 decades. Barry and Claudia were a truly a team in life, love, and business.
Barry was a journeyman refrigeration and air conditioning technician. He owned his own business for many years, and was known in the trade and by his many customers as a fair and honest man who would go above and beyond to provide excellent service. Barry was a gentle, generous man who loved his family and always put them ahead of himself. He had many interests. He was an avid hunter, motorcycle enthusiast, a trap shooter and and a member of the Saskatoon Gun Club. However, Barry's family was his main love and first priority. He believed it was important to show his family each day how much he loved them with little acts of kindness.
Barry spent many hours helping his kids renovate houses, working with Cory at his business, and volnuteering at Bedford Road Collegiate, as "the Sandwich Man" making breakfast and sandwiches for the students and visiting with Staci each morning before she went off to teach her class. Barry considred Graham and Karoll his children as well, and often said how grateful he was that Cory and Staci found such loving and supportive partners. And of course, Papa was so proud of his grandchildren. Barry was truly God's gift to his family. During retirement, Barry and Claudia split their time between home in Saskatoon, their cabin at Wakaw Lake, and their winter home in California where they enjoyed spending time with their Palm Springs "family."
Barry's family invites all family and friends to a Graveside Service at Woodlawn Cemetery, 1502 2nd Ave. N., Saskatoon, SK at 11:00 a.m. on December 1, 2012. Please meet at the Woodlawn main entrance of 33rd Street East at 10:45 a.m. to proceed to the graveside. Following the graveside service a Memorial Luncheon will be held in the ARBOR ROOM at Park Funeral Chapel, 311 Third Avenue North. Memorial donations in Barry's memory may be made to Bedford Road Collegiate Breakfast Program, payable to Bedford Road Collegiate, 722 Bedford Road, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 0G2 c/o Maureen Strawson. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.parkfuneral.ca "Obituaries & Tributes". Arrangements entrusted to Derryl Hildebrandt, 306.244.2013.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2012