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Barry Holmes

Sep 25, 1941 - Jul 22, 2022

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
1:00 pm
A celebration of Barry’s life will be held at the Rocky Mountain House Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at 1:00 PM.

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Memorial donations in Barry’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Holmes, Barry
September 25, 1941 – July 22, 2022

Barry Holmes passed away on July 22, 2022, at the age of 80 years at the Rocky Mountain House Health Care Center. He was born in Vulcan, Alberta but lived in Red Deer until completing high school in 1959.

Barry attended the University of Alberta and Simon Fraser University and obtained his CPA (CA) designation in 1969. He was subsequently awarded his Fellowship by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2007.

Barry was an avid sports fan: curled and golfed from an early age. He skipped a high school rink to the Alberta High School finals losing out on the last rock in 1959.

After five years of practice in Vancouver with Arthur Andersen & Co., Barry and his family moved to Rocky Mountain House in 1972 where he joined Burrington and Heywood, Red Deer as full-time partner in Rocky.

Barry loved Rocky and was heavily involved in the community, notably as a co-founder of the Rocky Farmer’s Bonspiel, and terms as president of the Rocky Curling club, Pine Hills Golf Club and Kinsmen Club. In 2004, he was awarded the Lou Soppit Community Building Award for Rocky.

Barry was an active participant in the province, namely on provincial committees with the C.A. Institute and Alberta Financial Services Corporation. He served the Alberta Motor Association on various committees for 33 years, including 10 years as a Director and a term as Chairman.

Barry is survived by his wife Linda; son Gregory; brothers: David and Keith (Debbie) and sister Marney. He was pre-deceased by his first wife Joy (McKenzie) in 2005 and his son Russell in 2018.

A celebration of Barry’s life will be held at the Rocky Mountain House Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at 1:00 PM.
Memorial donations in Barry’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626

Condolences

Sherri Carpentier:

I’m very sorry to hear about Barry’s passing. My deepest sympathy to all of his family.

John Lebeau:

I could not make the trip to Rocky so I will say goodbye to my cousin Barry from here and offer up my condolences to the whole family. I remember Barry telling ghost stories in the Gull Lake Cabin and skipping our team in a couple of Rocky bonspiels. The family reunion on their farm was a highlight and there were many other get togethers. So long to my cousin and my friend.

Bill and Aldea Tronnes:

We offer our sincere condolences to Marney and Barry's family. We enjoyed a lifelong friendship with Barry through activities such as curling, golf and the CPA profession. Barry was admired and respected by his peers. We will miss him.

Jean Goldade:

Linda - Albert and I were saddened to learn of Barry's passing. We fondly recall the times we spent together in our winter stays in Sun City Palm Desert. Condolences to all the family.

Rick More:

I had the privilege of meeting Barry as a board member of AMA. Barry’s wisdom and clear thinking will sorely be missed. I know he enjoyed life to the fullest. Condolences to Linda and family.

Stewart Stephanson:

I began to know Barry, very soon after he and his family arrived into Rocky.
At the time, It was early in my career as serviceman for the natural gas utility company
serving the town and surrounding customers. I worked under the direction of Ken Wynn ,
District Agent for Northwestern Utilities.
Ken and Barry were both very active in Pine Hills Golf Club, The Rocky Curling Club, and the Local Kinsmen Club. There were many phone conversations and quick stop at either offices.
They both skipped their own curling teams ( I never curled with either team ) but enjoyed
many seasons on different combinations of local friends. A good night curling against either team, you did not get embarrassed!
( it was only relatively recently, while speaking to Barry while in a local store, I thought to ask if he had a brother Keith? He replied yes, and I continued by explaining, when I took my grade 12 at L T C H S , in Red Deer ( school term 1962/63 ) I curled once a week after classes, at the Red Deer Curling. The skip on that team was a Keith Holmes ? After sorting out my age at the time, he grinned, and remarked, yes, that would be a younger brother.
Barry filled in brief information, says, speak to him on regular basis, I will tell him.
( after so many years, I had a “ I wonder if, moment “ )
In my time in this community, I was on Town Municipal Council ( three, separate terms )
Barry presented Audit Information to Council numerous times. Always the Professional
and with complete confidence !
My condolences, to all the Holmes Family !
It was great having him close as a neighbor these past few years, we would take a moment to visit, on our walks.
Sincerely
Stew

Kelly & Barb Byers:

Linda and Family
Barb and I were extremely sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. We have such great memories of our visits at AMA functions and your visit to Cypress! He was truly a great guy and a true mentor for me. Barry, we will miss you and our thoughts and prayers are with your family!

Carol Carruthers:

Dear Linda and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Barry was a great AMA pal to John. I remember all the laughs and good conversations we had whenever we were together.

Bruce W Aunger:

I worked with Barry as an articling student at Arthur Andersen & Co., and learned from him.
He was a terrific person and accountant.
I wish the family peace in their bereavement.

Donna Martynes:

Condolences on the loss of your loved one. I knew Barry through the Walking Eagle Inn, Kinsmen and his office. He was a very caring man. Always with a smile Rest in peace in God’s arms.

Rhonda Hamilton McPhail and James McPhail:

So incredibly sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. He was great to work with from the client side as well as an employee. Special condolences to Keith and Debbie. Barry may you RIP forever. You deserve a good rest.

Rick Hebert:

Dee and I were so sorry to hear of Barry's passing. We have wonderful memories from all of our years together at AMA.

Judy and Ernie Rodermond:

So sorry to hear about Barry. He was a really special person. I (Judy) really enjoyed working with Barry. He was really good boss and friend.

Gerry & Jeannie DeWindt:

We are so sorry to hear of Barry’s passing . He was a wonderful person and will be missed by all were was lucky to have know him .
Our sincere condolences to all the family.

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