It is with deep sorrow and sadness that our family announces the passing of our Father, Uncle and Forever Friend, Barry on November 15th at the age of 59.
His memory will be cherished by his daughter; Alicea, step-daughters, Cassandra and Serena; and his siblings Kenny, Cam (Norma), Terry, Lonny, Judi, Rick (Angie), Randy, Tim; and Carol (James), and countless of cherished nieces and nephews.
Barry was predeceased by his mother Mary Loyer, his father Ronald (Ronnie) Jeffrey; siblings; Barbra Anne Couroreille, and brother Daryl Jeffrey; nephew Patric Jeffrey, and his wife Wanda Loyie.
Barry was born and raised in Tofield, Alberta and was the youngest of the boys. Everyone gave him a hard time, but Barry didn’t care – he had a special knack for always being happy. Barry stood out amongst his siblings because of his blonde hair and sweet personality, being dubbed ‘little old man’ by his Kokum. Barry seemed to attract trouble wherever he went, whether it was playing the guinea pig with his brothers or rocking out at concerts. He spent a lot of his time playing sports with his large family, busting out the ol’ pigskin, spending time at the baseball diamond and making ice rinks with his dad and brothers in the winter to play hockey. The family had a lot of fun, and always tried to do things together – something Barry would treasure his entire life.
Barry was no stranger to hard work. His first job was at 16 years of age as a dishwasher at the Louise Chateau. He was so proud of that job and talked about hanging up his first cheque. He had a passion for working with horses too and had picked up odd hours to work on a farm to help train horses for a little while. During the summers, he would pack up his things and head off to work with his dad and older brothers on the CNN Railroad as a labor worker, that job took him all over Canada. He ended up quitting school to work full time and continued to follow his brother’s when they all moved onto a roofing career – call it the ‘Jeffrey’ side gig.
He moved onto a driving career at the Northern Bear Golf Course driving tandem trucks before moving up to the ‘bigrigs’ of semi-truck driving. He remained doing that for the rest of his career. Barry’s work brought him closer to his passions in life, such as being a horse trainer, and driving.
Aside from being a working man, Barry was a lover of the good life – the simple life. He enjoyed spending the weekends at the ‘ponies’, laughing or cracking jokes at family gatherings, and was the life of the party during concerts, football games or any other fun event.
He will forever be remembered by his infectious laugh, mischievous ways, and love for fun. In the end, there are many lessons he taught us; love unconditionally, ask for forgiveness, value family and those most important to you and do not get caught up in materialistic things. The family is at peace knowing that he is with all those who passed before him, cracking jokes, and laughing once again.
There will be a celebration of Barry’s life held for family members only, at Serenity Funeral Service, North Chapel, 10129-Princess Elizabeth Avenue, Edmonton on November 26th, 2020 at 1:00 pm. A link to the live stream will be available so everyone may join – https://distantlink.com/SerenitySG.html
A burial will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery at 2:30 pm.
The family would like to thank Serenity Funeral Services in Edmonton for their kind and respectful handling of Barry, and for helping the family navigate through these difficult times. We would also like to greatly thank Father James Holland for servicing the funeral for the family.
Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel