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Dr. BARRY, Macdonald (Mac) Lloyd George
(B.A., M.D., C.M., C.S.P.Q, F.R.C.S., F.A.G.S, L.M.C.C)
April 1, 1921- February 26, 2013
Dr. Mac Barry passed away quietly on Tuesday, February 26, leaving behind many who will grieve his loss. He is survived by his daughter Barbara, son-in-law Ray (Castelli), and a much adored grandson Barry (Castelli). He was pre-deceased by his wife Joan in 2008. Mac was born near Watrous, Saskatchewan to Matthew and Emma Barry. He was the oldest of six children (brother Harold and sisters Gwen, Iris, Laura, and Helen). He graduated from Bedford Road Collegiate with honours in 1938, earned a Teaching Certificate the next year, and taught school for two years in Humbolt and Big River, Saskatchewan. He joined the Canadian Army in 1941, and served overseas during WWII in Artillery, Survey and Infantry. He was commissioned in Brockville, Ontario, standing first in his class.
He was promoted to Captain while overseas. He later served with No. 1 R.C.A.M.C. (Medical Corps Reserves) in Montreal, and held the rank of Major. Following the War, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, then completed his Medical and Master of Surgery Degrees at McGill Medical School. Dr. Barry was a life member of the BC Medical, BC Surgical, and Canadian Medical Societies, the Royal College of Surgeons, and the American Geriatric Society. He married Joan Ursula Parry in August 1952, and moved to reside in Penticton, British Columbia in 1960, with his wife and young daughter Barbara. He was active in his medical profession and in other areas of community service, serving as President of Parent Teacher Associations and Penticton's Okanagan Summer School of the Arts. However, the greatest service to his community was achieved through Mac's involvement with the Masonic Order, in which he attained the rank of 33rd Degree Mason. He joined Orion Lodge No. 51 in 1961, was elected an Honourary Member for Life on September 5, 1999, and recently received his 50 year certificate. He served as President of the Penticton Shrine Club, was elected to the Divan of Gizeh Temple, and subsequently was elected to be Potentate for Gizeh Temple in British Columbia in 1986, where he oversaw a provincial organization of 75 Clubs and Units, which together helped raise more than $700,000 for children's hospital and charities that year. Dr. Barry was appointed by the Federal Cabinet to serve as the Medical Member of the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal in 1991. Mac Barry was a dedicated husband, loving father, proud grandfather, a great friend, and a patriotic citizen who was unfailingly kind and polite in his dealings with friends, family, brethren, and other members of his community. A Memorial Service to Celebrate his Life will be held at the Parkview Funeral Home (1258 Main Street) in Penticton BC on Wednesday, March 6, at 11 a.m. with a Reception to follow. Condolences may be sent to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Mar. 3, 2013