Barry Ambrose, beloved husband of Kathleen Ambrose of the Endeavour district passed away at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, June 3, 2018 after a brief illness.
Douglas James Barry Ambrose was born May 31, 1947 in Moose Jaw, Sask. to parents Edmund and Pauline (nee Gregory) Ambrose. He was the eighth child born to a family of nine. He attended Prince Arthur Elementary School in Moose Jaw. He completed his grade 12 at Peacock Technical High School and then attended STI and graduated with a certificate in Civil Engineering.
Barry and Kathy were married on August 31, 1974. They made their home in Regina. He was employed by Associated Engineering as a Project Engineer. He was fortunate to manage two big projects the new Water Treatment Plant and the Kramer Tractor Building.
In 1976 he and Kathy purchased the Parkland Store in Endeavour. They sold the store in 1983 and moved to a farm just outside Endeavour. Barry farmed with his father in law. During this time Barry milked cows for cream, raised Holstein Bull Calves, and raised turkeys, chickens, geese, pigs and sold eggs to many Preeceville Restaurants and the hospital. In 1998 he started to work at Big Sky Farms. He took the Journeyperson Certificate of qualification for a Pork Production Technician. He loved the job and the people, he called them family. He retired from now Olysky Farms in 2016.
He built their current house in 1975 for his in-laws, adding a two story addition in 1993. He did the plumbing, electrical, dry walling and painting with the help of his faithful companion Joe Suecs. Recently he helped with the dry walling of St James Parish hall and did the mudding and taping. Two weeks ago he helped with the installation of the new front church doors.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife Kathy, daughters Jackie (Deren), Christine (Bryon) Grandchildren Cati, Spencer and Theodore. Sisters Pauline (Glen). Marlyn (Gordon) and Betty-Jean (Larry), Brothers Bill, Bob (Rose), Ken (Bea). Sister-in-laws Dorothy, Florence, Rose and Jean; Brother in law. Ralph; Loving Nieces and Nephews Grace, Barry, Meghanne, Jianna, Brynn, Ian, Gordon, Sherry, Kirsten, Colin, Clinton, Curtis and Calvin (Susan); Thirty three nieces and nephews; 62 Grand Nieces and Nephews and 31 Great Grand Nieces and Nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents Edmund and Pauline, his brothers Jack and Gordon, brother-in-law’s Al Fraser and Russell MacDonald, nephews Michael Tennant, Deren Chase and great grandnephews Taylor Friesen-Purdy, Robert Ambrose and Jason Pritchard.
A visitation for family and friends with a Prayer Service was held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 from the Chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held on Monday, June 11, 2018 from the Endeavour Community School Complex with Rev. Barb Forsyth of St. James Anglican Church officiating. The pianist, Debbie Blender led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, ‘This Is My Father’s World’, ‘Sweet Hour of Prayer’, and ‘Farther Along’. Special music was sung by the Woodland Chorus. A video tribute and words of remembrance were given by Barry Rieder. Interment followed in St. George Ypres Cemetery in the Endeavour district with Scott Giddings, Roy Craske, Gordie Ambrose, Jim Ambrose, Brian Ambrose and Joe Milburn serving as the casketbearers. Honourary bearers were all of Barry’s loving family and friends.
Memorials in memory of Barry may be made to the St. James Anglican Church as gifts of remembrance. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.preecevillefuneralhome.com
Arrangements were entrusted to Preeceville Funeral Home.