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Barry Soward

Barry Soward

Friday, February 12th, 1960 - Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
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Obituary

Clifford Barry Soward, born February 12 1960, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2020 surrounded by his family in the ICU at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.

Barry, loving husband of Heather (McLeod) of 37 years and proud father of Rebecca (Sam) Pauls and Jack Soward all of Collingwood. He has been the happiest Pappy to Gabe and Austen Pauls.

Beloved son of Joan & Jim Harrison of Collingwood and Robert Soward of Toronto. Brother to Cathy Maecker (George Marron), Jill (Blair) Blackie, Jennifer Soward (Paul Guthrie) and Kelly (Charlie) Retter.

Cherished son-in-law of Betty and predeceased by father-in-law Don McLeod. The fun-loving brother-in-law of Dawnna & Stan Towers, Lynda & Barry Acton, Robert & Janice McLeod.

Uncle Barry was a vibrant presence at family gatherings and engaged the tribe in lively discussions and debate. He will be missed by his 15 nieces and nephews. He is survived by his Aunt Jan (Mike) Currie of Fredericton NB and cousins Debbie and John Currie and John Sievert.

Barry was a dedicated Leafs fan and as a 7 year old boy was in attendance when they won the Stanley cup in 1967. He coached hockey for Collingwood Minor Hockey for more than 15 years as his son progressed through the age divisions and continued for several years after Jack’s hockey days came to an end. His enthusiasm for coaching will be remembered by legions of Collingwood hockey players and their parents. He loved things with motors - boats, mini-bikes, snowmobiles and especially trucks. He worked for most of his adult life in trucking and partnered with his father for many years doing long-haul for Jim’s business Fairfield Distributing. He recently changed occupations and embraced milk production with his friend from his Junior Farmer days John Miller at Miller’s Dairy.

Barry loved animals and provided homes to numerous cats and dogs over the years. They always knew to hang out in the kitchen when Barry was making a meal. He became a pretty amazing cook and the “Grill Master” on the BBQ.

A visitation/tribute is being held to honour Barry Soward on Sunday August 16, 2020 from 1-4 pm at the farm of Robert & Janice McLeod - 2606 County Rd 42, Clearview (Airport Rd north of Cashtown Corners)
To respect the current COVID-19 guidelines, and at your own comfort level, please provide your own face covering and recognize that the number of people the family are able to accommodate at any one time needs to stay below 100.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be considered to the Emergency Department at CGMH, the Intensive Care Unit at RVH or Georgian Triangle Humane Society in Barry’s name.
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A visitation/tribute is being held to honour Barry Soward on Sunday August 16, 2020 from 1-4 pm at the farm of Robert & Janice McLeod - 2606 County Rd 42, Clearview (Airport Rd north of Cashtown Corners) To respect the current COVID-19 guidelines, and at your own comfort level, please provide your own face covering and recognize that the number of people the family are able to accommodate at any one time needs to stay below 100. We hope you will bring a memory or two to share or recall an adventure that we could record for his grandsons. His smile, his laughter and the intensity of his being will live in our hearts forever. Heather, Becca, Jack, Sam, Gabe, Austen

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Marilyn Edwards

Posted at 04:19pm
Dear Heather & all your family,
Mike & I were so. Shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of your wonderful husband Barry. He was such a kind person and always so warm and friendly. We are thinking of you all as well as Cathy.
Please except our deepest sympathy.
Hugs,
Mike & Marilyn
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Betty Thompson

Posted at 11:43am
Heather and family.
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Barry.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Betty Thompson
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Christine

Posted at 06:58pm
So sorry to here of Barry's passing, he was a happy man and our son enjoyed him as a coach in hockey. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Jeff and Christine Beck

Marianne Dynes

Posted at 09:53pm
Heather and family,

Mum and I were shocked to learn of Barry's passing. There are no words to describe our feelings for you and your family. Remember when you close your eyes, there he shall be, the many memories, and yours hearts will be forever filled with his love.

Joan and Marianne Dynes
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Patti watso

Posted at 09:31pm
We were shocked when we heard of Barry's passing. Phil and I loved it when we ran into Barry ( usually as he was picking up groceries at Loblaws) . His kind words and happy voice will be our remembrance. Dear Heather, Jack , Rebecca and Cathy, know that we are sending you our love and prayers at this sad time.
Phil, Patti, Caroline and Gwen.
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