The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal. ~Cicero~
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Barry Bernstein on May 6, 2017 at the age of 71. After a lengthy illness,
Barry passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Saul & Claribel Simkin Centre.
Barry was born February 11, 1946 to Anne & Harry Bernstein. He was the younger brother to Morley Bernstein & the older twin, (by 5 minutes), to Kenny Bernstein. Barry grew up in the north end of Winnipeg where he spent his childhood helping out in his father’s corner grocery store, Harry’s Grocery, (across from Luxton School).
Barry was a talented “all around athlete” who excelled at every sport, but particularly loved baseball & hockey. He played both sports at the highest youth levels of the time.
When Barry was 16 years old, he met what would be the love of his life, Marla. (Barry passed away 5 days shy of celebrating 50 years of marriage). Barry would often describe the first time he saw Marla, “She walked down the stairs at the YMHA wearing a white mini-skirt and a red sweater…she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen”.
He and Marla had two daughters, Brenlie & Hilary. Barry was a deeply devoted husband and father. Nothing gave him more pleasure and pride than watching his girls grow to be accomplished women. For most of his life Barry worked as an accountant to support his family.
Then, in his early fifties until his retirement, he and Marla worked together as “Team Marla & Barry” selling real estate. Barry was often described as a true gentleman. He had a quiet, quick wit and would often come up with unforgettable “one liners” that his children now fondly refer to as “Barryisms”. Barry was a private and complex man, but those closest to him will forever remember him as a profound thinker with a deep, sensitive soul and an enormous capacity to love.
Barry will be dearly missed by the love of his life for almost fifty years, Marla (Yager) Bernstein; his daughters Brenlie (Bernstein) Nagy & Hilary (Bernstein) Meggison; his son-in-law, Jim Nagy and grandchildren, Lauren & Cole Nagy; his mother-in-law, Edith Yager; his brothers Morley and Kenny Bernstein; and his sisters-in law and brothers in-law, Terri Bernstein, Maureen & Sheldon Tabak, Debbie & Kurt Jacob, Jerry & Cintia Yager, Libby & Billy Brodovsky-Yager, Mardy & Sarah Yager, and many beloved nieces & nephews.
A remembrance service was held on May 10, 2017 at the Saul & Claribel Simkin Center.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the dedicated, nurturing & compassionate staff at the Saul & Claribel Simkin Centre and a very special thanks to Barry’s end of life “companion”, Marcella, who lovingly cared for him like he was her own “Papa”.
Should you wish to honour Barry’s life, contributions may be made to the Saul & Claribel Simkin Centre or The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.