Barry John Laibida


With heavy hearts we share with you the passing of Barry, a beloved father, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, granduncle, cousin and friend.  Barry passed away at his home in Edmonton, AB at the age of 55 years.

Barry is survived by his son Caleb, parents Judy Wowk and Marshall & Sonja, sister Claudine, brothers Dean (Yvonne) and Don (Charlene), nephews and nieces Kyle, Aimée, Garrett, Holly and Gabriel, and great-nephew Michael.

A cremation has taken place and a funeral is being planned for Wednesday March 6, 2019 in Edmonton at the Meadowlark Community Hall 15961 92nd Avenue (down David Gibbens lane) at 1:00 pm

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barry`s memory directly to Diabetes Canada at

We welcome you to share photos and memories of this unique and eclectic man.  Barry, we love you. May you rest in peace.

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Meadowlark Community Hall

15961 92 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5R 2J2

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Clayton Owens

Hey Claudine, just found this info on your brothers passing. Sorry for your loss & I hope Holly & you are doing well.


Brenda Fraser

Dear Laibida Family, I am so sorry to hear of Barry’s passing… I have such great memories of us kids growing up and hanging out at your house and in the backyard. The long days of summer and fun are forever etched in my memory. When Claudine and I shared our apartment downtown we had some of the best times with Barry and other friends and family. My heart goes out to you all and my love is always with you. Rest in peace Barry, heaven has another cool and talented Angel. . . xo

Cherise Vallet

I knew Barry through my brother Cal, and had the good fortune to have one extraordinary afternoon of chatting and looking at his artwork and visiting an artist friend of his. Barry was a beautiful spirit… now onto whatever comes next. I think of his kind heart, sweet eccentricity, and deeply felt artistry. If there is a heaven, yep, I figure he’d have a good place there, free to be who he really is. Condolences to all the family as you have your ceremony of goodbye.

Angela Goings

To all of Barry’s family in Edmonton and elsewhere. I want you to know how deeply sad I am that Barry is gone. I know that he had a deep love for God and believed in the promise of a beautiful future life without tears and pain. Young, healthy and happy is the way I will remember him and will see him again. Barry was kind and generous, funny, always looking to help people, sometimes to his own detriment. Those qualities were deeply ingrained in him and he positively affected many people. He gave me the greatest gift of my beautiful son Caleb. All of us here on the West Coast will be here for him. Our friends and family in Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle send their love. I still regard all of you as my family and I wish I could be there with you now. . I will remember the good times we had and look forward to the future. All my love, Angela

Dianna Buxton

So sorry to hear of your passing Barry. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. I remember the good times that we had when you were a pre-teen, when we use to go camping with you and our family in our little tent-trailer. I also remember that when you lived out of the province and would come back for a visit, you always called me and we would chat. And most of the time you would come and visit with me. Those were precious moments with you. I hope that you are at peace now!

Patty & Bob Viney

Sending sincerest sympathies to the family of Barry. May all the special memories you have of him comfort you at this time. Thinking of you all.

Holly Basaraba

Uncle Barry,

We remember you now and always exactly as you are in our hearts — a father, son, brother, uncle, friend. an Artist. I pray you have found eternal peace.

Love & Hugs


Tracy Symes

Good bye to a cousin who always had original ideas. I reflect now on many fond memories of good times long gone. We did not see each other often as the years passed and life took over, but when we did it was always a big hug and I love you.
My deepest sympathy to all the family during this sad time.
RIP Barry I love you.

Cal Vallet

Baraldo my bro,
I will miss you so much, as I’ve missed you in the past if that makes sense…
You are my oldest friend through thick and thin, and although we went different paths that have often kept us apart for long periods, there was always the comfort of knowing we could pick up where we left off.
I’m very sorry that I couldn’t have been there for you more and in a deeper way than the occasional call or quick visit..I have to be honest that it was tough the last few years to keep up the feeling of normalcy when inside I often was stricken and crying inside for you and for doing so little, I am very sorry…I guess I never had the strength or ability, and I took the easy path of pretending it was all ok…
You were the artist in my life, and often you straightened out my redneck tendencies to make me see the world in a closer more human way…for this i thank you as it helped to shape the way I think and behave as a man.
I have spent the last few days thinking about you and the fact that you always were so happy to get with me even when i constantly let you down at times. I have thought about the good times, the wild times and the sad times, and how they all affected both our lives. A lot of them i would never trade, and some of them i wish had never transpired…
Today I so wish we had talked to one last time rather than leaving it off at a few texts that I casually tossed your way…
I will miss you deeply my brother, and I hope that where ever you are now the pain and hard times are gone for you.
I love you man, and will always hold you in my heart.
Peace to you, and all your family…

Claudine Laibida


As I prepare words for Wednesday, I feel a sense of peace knowing you are free from the diseases (diabetes and bipolar) that ultimately took your life away from us.

I will do my best, as all of us are, to make the last memory of you one of honour, respect and dignity…while keeping it a little bit “Barry” ; )

Love you Bear.


Eleanor Witiuk

Dearest Judy and family, my heart is filled with deep sorrow on learning of Barry’s passing. Deepest condolences and sincere sympathy go to all of the family. May memories of him be eternal. Give rest , O Lord, to thy servant who has fallen asleep. Love you all and may God bless you.

Pearl Newfeld

My thoughts are with all the family and friends of Barry. Yes he was unique and eclectic, with a great sense of humour, a hearty laugh, and a lot of artistic talent. I have some of the collages he created, and will try to send copies of these. Barry, fly free to paint with moon and the stars, Free from pain you have been set free. I will remember you and through some of the positive energy (and laugh) that is within your son, dear Caleb, my heart. As a family we will remain strong together.

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