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Barrie Ryan Louis Ledoux

January 26, 1945 ~ June 17, 2019

Barrie Ryan Louis Ledoux

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Barrie Ryan Louis Ledoux (The Bear) in Whitehorse, Yukon at the age of 74.

Barrie was born January 26th1945 in Sainte Rose du Lac Manitoba, and was the son of Louis Ledoux and Geraldine Lawrence, and the older brother of Julian.  He is survived by his loving wife Mary Lee of 33 years, his 6 children: Marsha, Marty, Phillip, Michael, Ryan and Julie-Anne and his 9 grandchildren: Luca, Austin, Shale, Toren, Ashlyn, Caiden, Coltan, Calie and Alexandra.

Barrie has had an incredible journey of accomplishments

  • 5 Years with the Royal Canadian Air Force
  • 33 years as a firefighter – retired as Fire Chief with Transport Canada in Whitehorse
  • 17 years as Liquor Inspector with Yukon Liquor Corporation
  • Health and Safety and Board member with Whitehorse General Hospital
  • Long term member with the Grey Mountain Lions Club
  • Volunteer as Santa for the Whitehorse Cancer Society

Barrie was a devoted Yukoner for 34 years, and was passionate for all the things the Yukon would offer him. His love of hunting in the fall, the weekend camping and fishing trips were too many to count.  He was a traveler. He would regularly travel the Alaska Highway down to Edmonton and Calgary to visit family. His travels would take him from coast to coast of Canada to the beaches of Hawaii, and the road trips throughout the United States to see Custer’s Last Stand. His knowledge of history was as extensive as the collection of magazines and books that could fill any library. His ability for socialization and gathering with his friends was a past time that he would always enjoy. His door would always be open for anyone who wanted to stop by and pull up a stump or his coffee crew meeting  at A&W with  politics and gun laws chatter would be held to a minimum.

His true love would be to his family.  Words cannot describe the amount of devotion, compassion and dedication for everyone around him.  He would have the kindest smile and hugs that would take your breath away. The continual joker he may have been, but was out of love not malice. Although we will not hear the sounds of The Bear by the home fire, his legacy will live on and until we meet again.

The family would like to express our sincere thanks to all the staff at the Whitehorse General Hospital for exceptional care and compassion to Barrie in his time of need.

Please join us in a Celebration of life on Thursday July 25th, 2019 at 2:00pm Kwanlin Dun Cultural Center 1171 Front Street Whitehorse, Yukon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations in memoriam of Barrie to be made to the Yukon Cancer Care fund.

Comments (16)
  • 21 June 2019

    We will miss your joyful presence in Ardrossan when you came down to see your Mother. God Bless you, Barrie

  • 21 June 2019

    My deepest condolences to Mary Lee and family , Barrie was an exceptional individual and will be missed.

  • 21 June 2019

    We lost a great friend, but the universe received a new beautiful star. In this tough time in your life, may our friendship, sympathy and heartfelt condolences bring you comfort. Josh and I will always be here if there is anything we can do. He was a dear, dear friend of Johns and he will be forever missed.

  • 23 June 2019

    We will miss our visits we had at Gerri,s our condolences to you Marry Lee and your family.Our memories of Barrie is love of good homemade food, to us was having fresh cinnamon buns right out of the oven. Hope to see you on your next trip south Marry Lee

  • 25 June 2019

    We were very sad to hear the news of Barrie’s passing. I(Jim) have so many fond memories of Barrie & I when we were young children when he came to our farm. You could not have asked for a better cousin – lots of laughs & never a bad day. Our sympathy goes to all the family – he will always be in your heart.

  • 25 June 2019

    To Mary Lee and Barries Family my deepest sympathy goes out to you.He was a lovely man full of laughter and kindness.A person who made you fell right at home.will always be remembered.prayers for your family.

  • 26 June 2019

    Miss your smile and your big bear hugs. Love you Uncle Barrie

  • 28 June 2019

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Barrie, my condolences to you Mary Lee and all your family.

  • 1 July 2019

    I am saddened to read of Barrie’s passing. I first met Barrie in Inuvik 35+ years ago. He had the same smile and jovial attitude then – as he did the last time I saw him.
    Always gave me “a deal” when he brought his skid-steer out to do a little yard work!

    Blue skies and tailwinds on your next journey my friend.

  • 23 July 2019

    A dear man.
    Heart as big as he was.
    Miss him already.

  • 24 July 2019

    It was a sad day when “The Bear” left this world. I met Barrie on his first day as the Fire Chief of Whitehorse Airport.

    He was a big man with a big heart and welcomed everyone into his life and was always cheerful. He could get things done with few disagreements but would hold his ground when he knew he was right.

    Throughout the time I knew Barrie, I always enjoyed his company, his humour, and his genuine caring for others. He willbe missed by many.

    My condolences to Mary Lee and the rest of his family.

  • 24 July 2019

    Mary Lee and family …. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May your cherished memories bring you comfort.
    Paul & Marie Murphy, Miramichi, NB

  • 25 July 2019

    Mary Lee & family …. I only met Barrie briefly but I’ve heard so many wonderful things about him that I wish I’d gotten to know him as it sounds like he was a wonderful, loving & kind person.
    I will be thinking of you & praying for you tomorrow and in the coming days & weeks!
    Hugs from Bathurst, N.B.

  • 1 August 2019

    I just heard of the ‘Bear’ passing. Sorry to have missed the celebration of life. Condolences to Mary Lee and all of Barrie’s family .

    Larry McKay in Fredericton NB

  • 10 January 2020

    We just heard about this. Our condolences to Mary Lee and family. A number of years ago, our vehicle with a camper being towed broke down on the Klondike Highway near the BC Yukon border. It was Barrie along with several of his family members that stopped and asked if we needed help. He was very polite and kind. They graciously gave a ride to my partner to Whitehorse who contacted friends for help for our vehicle. Barrie left a very positive impression with us as did his family who was with him at the time. Certainly a loss for the family and the Yukon.

  • 16 April 2023
    Michelle Gannon

    I just found this post, my heart goes out to his family and I am so happy my favorite childhood Uncle had so many loving people in his life.. it appears he remained just as I remembered him… the great big loving Bear just as I called him as a young child in Winnipeg… always in my heart with love your niece Michelle Gannon

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