We Remember

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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  • Adele Bisson says:

    Sorry to hear of Barrie’s passing

  • St Andre Gehring Lorraine says:

    My condolences to Mariette and family he was a caring doctor
    He will remembered for all his care

  • Paulette and Dwaine Isert says:

    So sorry for your loss. Dr Pelland was our family doctor while he was in McLennan Ab

  • greg and joan clemens says:

    Our deepest condolences to the family,we had many great times in Mclennan,from hockey to playing chess
    he will be missed

  • Michael & Lise Paradis says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We were blessed to have him in our community and as our family physician.

  • Debbie Bodette says:

    My deepest condolences to Karen and the family. I cannot imagine the pain you are all going through. I will always remember his nice smile and great laugh. May he RIP. Hugs to all, Debbie

  • Elizabeth Bergquist (Perry) says:

    Sending Love & Strength to Mariette and Family

  • Francis Lessard says:

    My condolences to the Pelland family. I got to know Barrie from watching him play hockey and then through work. He was always a hard worker but funny as heck. I was lucky to have known him. He is fondly remembered.

  • Mady Dickner says:

    Mrs Pelland and family, my deepest condolences for your loss. Sending you my love, thoughts and prayers. He will be greatly missed, such a wonderful man.

  • Bill & Sandi Bradshaw says:

    So sorry to hear of Barrie’s passing. Have great memories of times spent with
    You folks. So glad Barrie and I got even on the cream pies. Thinking of you all at this sad time. You are in our hearts are with you.

  • THERESA Ann HRAB says:

    Mariette, and family,
    our sincere condolences to you and your family, from Brian and I.

  • Debbie Crawford Crawford says:

    So sorry to hear of Dr. Pellands passing. He was such a compassionate person. The best doctor I’ve ever know.

  • Jocelyn Lamoureux says:

    My deepest condolences to the Pelland family. May you be comforted by the memories of time shared together.

  • Claude Lacourse says:

    So sad to hear he passed, he was a good doctor and always had a smile. Condolences to the family!!!

  • Ronald Brochu & Angèle Laverdière-Brochu says:

    Sincere condolences to the family. Barrie was our doctor in McLennan. -Ronald
    Yes….Barrie was our family doctor for our little family, as well as for my parents, Léo and Henriette Laverdière and other members of our family. We thank him for his service. He was missed when he left the community. All my condolences from all his family and friends. -Angèle LaVerdière-Brochu

  • Marilyne Simard says:

    Sending condolences to the Pelland family. Truly one of the best to serve the community. You will be missed by all who knew you!

  • Pauline and Randy Jones says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family! Thoughts and prayers to all of you. 🙏🏻

  • Tom Wilson says:

    The true measure of a man is what he leaves behind.
    Barrie made a difference.

  • Evelyne Viens Dobish says:

    Sincere condolences & prayers for all of the families. He was our doctor when I lived in Donnelly and his care was very much appreciated. Thank you.

  • Ron & Louise Faulkner says:

    Our sincere condolences to you Mariette, Karen,
    Jennifer & families. We will always cherish the great times we had together. His sense of humour will also be remembered as one of his greatest assets.
    A truly great guy.

  • Doris Doyle says:

    I was so sad to hear of Barrie’s passing. I loved him as a Doctor and a friend. My condolences to the family 🤗

  • Ken and Marlene McWilliam says:

    Dear Mariette, Karen, Jennifer and family. So sorry to hear of Barrie’s passing. We enjoyed many get togethers over the years, highlighted by our boat trip to the coast. Take care . Ken and Marlene

  • Kevin and Traci Russell says:

    Karen, Jennifer and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Barrie’s passing. His cheerful and friendly nature will be missed and we’ll fondly remember all the times socializing with him at Ken and Marlene’s. Although its been some time Kevin always enjoyed a golf game with Barrie at Michaelbrook, and our two boys still remember when they were little and Barrie and Mariette took them tubing with their boat on the lake. He was a true gem.
    Our sincerest condolences, Kevin, Traci, Keaton and Scott Russell

  • Marilyn Dumont says:

    My condolences to the family.. Worked with Barrie for many years at the McLennan hospital. He was loved and respected. RIP

  • Colette Pele says:

    So sorry to hear of his passing ❤️‍🔥 Dr Barrie Pelland was our family doctor such a caring person you could not ask for better, ( moving from Manitoba ) we had something in common. Rest in peace

  • Wolf Struck says:

    Mariette, I was devastated to hear this evening that
    Barrie has died. I am so sorry for you and your wonderful family. I was so looking forward to seeing you all at the next reunion. Please let me know when his celebration of life will be because I need to be there. My email is wgmstruck@shaw.ca. Please take care Mariette!!!!

  • Pierrette Parker says:

    Please accept our deepest sympathies of the lost of Barrie.

  • Sandy foss says:

    Mariette and family
    So sorry for your loss of Barrie. He was always a great support thru med school and I really enjoyed his humour while reminiscing, during the few reunions we had, over the years.

  • Fernand & Lilliane Chailler says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. He was my first doctor when I had my first child. After almost 12 years of waiting he took extra care for a safe delivery. He was very thoughtful and so kind. Thank you.

  • Larry & Jeannette Horn says:

    I grew up with Barry in McLennan all through our younger years and teenage years. Apprenticed sheetmetal with him and never had a better friend during those years. Remember those times fondly.
    RIP Barry

  • Doris Marie says:

    So sad, he was a great guy who brought my children into the world, my sympathies to all the family

  • Peggy Gardner Pollard says:

    Barry was a wonderful man/ Doctor. Sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to all Pelland family.

  • Ken Buchanan says:

    I was shocked to hear of Barry’s passing. I have many fond memories of Barry during medical school and then internship at the Holy Cross Hospital. Condolences to you and your family.

  • Kerry Cuglietta says:

    Heartfelt condolences to all of you. May all the special memories comfort you and in time soften the sadness of your loss.

  • Ron & Lynn Lozinsky says:

    Our sincere condolences to you Karen, and your family.

  • Ron and Jean Schuster says:

    Our condolences to the Pelland family, he was a wonderful doctor and friend

  • Jeanine Richer says:

    So sorry to hear Barry died, Mariette. It’s been many years since I’ve seen any of you but have many great memories of all of you!

  • Fiona Mcdougall says:

    Sincere sympathy and love to all the family from Australia.

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