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John Barry Kennedy "Barry"

1941 — October 3, 2021

April 2, 1941 – October 3, 2021

Passed peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre in his 81st year.  Born in Toronto, retired to Sutton and later moved to Keswick to be closer to family.

Beloved husband of 49 years to Karen (nee Murdoch).

Cherished father of son Scott (Cristina) and children, Lorne, Vera, Michael. Daughter Kari and her husband Patrick.

Amazing Papa to his three granddaughters Kennedy, Kinley and Kiyah.

Son of the late John Herbert and Evelyn Margaret Kennedy (nee Barry). Birth mother Francis Gerow (nee McKee).

Amazing brother to Rosemary Kozak, Kevin, Rick, Barry, Don and Tom Gerow, Jim, Sarah and Susan Haskins. Brother-in-law to Gail Hogan,

Fantastic uncle to Kelly (Darrin), Michael (Karen), Marc, Amy (Jay), John (Romy), Kathy, Maureen (Les) and Teresa.

Great friend too many. Those fortunate enough to be a friend to Barry knew his warmth, good character and his humorous personality. He always brought a smile to everyone he met. Always ready to lend a hand. A selfless and hardworking man.

He was a man of many talents. His love for music brought him to be a DJ, he was a Police Officer of 21 years, company owner, sales, bylaw officer etc. He was always busy.

Barry had a great love of shopping, classic cars, music, food, cards (playing euchre with his 8 school friends for over 40 years), travelling, and helping others. One of his favourite places to be was his cottage on Snake Island.

Forever in our heart and memories. Our newest star in the sky.  Shine bright ‘Bear’, Dad, Papa!

A celebration of life will be held at the M.W. Becker Funeral Home, 490 The Queensway South, Keswick on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Social distancing, contact tracing and wearing of masks are mandatory).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundations, Humane Society or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to the M.W. Becker Funeral Home. Sign an online book of condolences at   

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