PELLAND, Barrie Robert Joseph
November 13, 1941 — October 30, 2023
Barrie was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba in 1941, where he grew up with his two sisters and two brothers before they moved west to McLennan, Alberta. He married Mariette (née van den Elzen) in 1963 and started work as a sheet metal mechanic before going back to school to study Medicine at the University of Alberta, graduating in 1974. Barrie dedicated most of his career as a Physician to serving the people of McLennan and the surrounding communities.
Barrie and Mariette loved travelling locally and abroad, and on a road trip back from the West Coast, came across the beautiful Okanagan Lake and valley. Return visits with others started the strong connection to the Okanagan for their families on both sides. They came to live in Kelowna, BC when Barrie retired from Medicine, as it was the perfect backdrop for Barrie’s passions as an avid boater, fisherman, and golfer. Barrie’s retirement also included regular travel to Mexico and Europe, with a special fondness for Holland, his wife’s homeland.
Barrie is remembered by his wife Mariette; daughters Karen (Brett) and Jennifer (Peter); daughter-in-law Amanda (Rob d. 2018); and six grandchildren; as well as extended family members and friends.
A private memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
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