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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wilfred Wayne Barry Gustason born March 18, 1940 in Vancouver. Barry graduated from Burnaby North Senior Secondary school in Burnaby. As a young man, he worked as a cook on the trans Canada CPR trains. He spent a short time with the Canadian Forces, a participation that he was fiercely proud of. He went on to a career with Loblaws and Safeway until retirement. Barry loved and respected the outdoors. He made many hunting trips to the interior of BC. where he and friends or family would enjoy the adventure of camping in the wild. Who can forget those moose sausages and huge oven roasts!!! A retriever dog was always included as a member of his family. Barry's hunting stories are renowned by all who knew him. Barry was a devout family man who loved his children and grandchildren. He became a single parent in 1991 with the passing of his beloved wife Mandy. Barry had the capacity to maintain friendships all of his life but none were so enduring as his friendship with buddy Keith Helme who stood by him always. Throughout his battle with diabetes, Barry remained stalwart showing incredible determination and strength. Barry's wit and sense of humour, which he displayed throughout his life, gave respite to family and friends during his ordeal. Barry was predeceased by wife Madeline Gustason (nee McWhinnie) and father Wilfred William Gustason. Barry is survived by mother Ellen Gustason, son Bradley, grandsons Thomas, Brandon and Ryan, daughter Tracy (Terry), granddaughter Brianna, sister Ellana and nephews Barry and Peter, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and their offspring. No formal service will be held at Barry's request. A private family gathering will be held at a later date at Pender Harbour where Barry will join his wife Mandy in repose. In lieu of flowers donations to aide Diabetes research would be appreciated. Sincere thanks to the Finnish Manor and to the staff at the Royal Columbia Hospital renal unit. Thanks and gratitude from Barry's family to all friends, relations and medical staff for their ongoing support throughout this journey.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from July 21 to July 22, 2012