Barry Pippin
Barry Pippin

Obituary of Barry Ward Pippin

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barry Ward Pippin who left us on May 1 at 8:57pm with family by his side. He will be soulfully missed by his wife Betty Mann, daughter Salem Jones (Jag Mollerup), step-daughters Shannon Mann & Nichole Mann (Todd Fredrickson), his grandchildren Kiray Jones-Mollerup (Brandon Howell), Cooper & Logan Fredrickson and his brothers Allan & Darryl Pippin. Barry was predeceased by his parents Marian and Arnold Pippin, his older brother Duane (Buck) and older sister Dennise Weigel.


Barry started his working career at Paulin Chambers Foods in the warehouse at the age of 17. His gregarious personality and work ethic led to his promotion into sales. From there he climbed the ranks, remaining with the company through several changes in ownership, finally retiring as the Director of Sales for Western Canada.  Barry was known as a fair and honest leader and a champion for his staff.


Also a bit of a sportsman, he and Betty played ball at Pike Lake and also drove to Saskatoon weekly for bowling league. It was when they were at bowling one evening that Shannon and Nichole picked up a puppy. After being told to return her several times, Jesse remained a very loved part of the family for many years and perhaps Barry was her favourite, often sitting next to him on the couch watching TV, seeking his signature generosity in sharing his popcorn. After moving to the city, Barry and Betty also joined a dart league with the Army & Navy Club.


Barry had an incredibly natural talent as a musician & singer. He played in the family band with his daughter Salem for many years, playing many weddings and dances. In his later years he learned to play keyboard. From there he became a one-man band, entertaining hundreds of people on weekends in Yuma where, after retirement, Barry & Betty would spend their winters. Barry suffered a stroke in 2018 which led to the loss of use of his left arm. This was devastating to him as he loved playing and entertaining Betty at home as much as he loved performing.


Clearly a man of many talents, Barry was also quite the handyman and mechanic; he could fix almost anything! He raced stock cars and was known as #71, competing at the Saskatoon Race Track where he led as Points Champion in 1966. He also had a penchant for flying and obtained his pilot's license in 1977. This led him to building an ultralight plane in the garage of their home until it was time to put the wings on. He spent many days with good friends at Corman Air Park, where he worked on his many projects, especially restoring his beloved 1940 Ford.


Barry was an incredible husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid reader and many family members and friends would seek his wisdom and advice. He was kind and generous, sharing life lessons and wisdom, offering help to anyone in need with his patient and kind heart. 


He lived a remarkably full life and was a strong and compassionate soul. He will be remembered fondly and missed dearly.


Many thanks to the kind staff at The Hospice of Glengarda for the care they gave Barry in his final weeks.


In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation to your favorite charity.


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