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BARR: Hugh Wallace King M. D. FRCS(C) of Grand Bend, formerly of London

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On December 7, 2021 @ 3:36 PM In Exeter,Obituary | 113 Comments

BARR: Hugh Wallace King M. D. FRCS(C) of Grand Bend, formerly of London

A loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away suddenly on Monday, December 6, 2021 at the age of 85. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend Cathy (Moore) for over 30 years. Father of Robyn (Rob) McKenzie, Brenda (Bob McFarlane) Barr, Scott (Julie) Barr, Brent (Sheila) Barr, and Jason (Jennifer) Barr. He deeply loved his 13 grandchildren and was proud of their accomplishments. Ashley, Stephen, Ethan and Keanna McKenzie; Nicholas, Bryanna and Everett Nyhof; Jordan, Carson, and Connor Barr; Erik Barr; McKay and Matty Barr; and his four great grandchildren Robbie, Lilly, Emilia, and Adelaide. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Lynn (Bob) MacMaster; and David (Linda) Barr; Mary Barr and David Moore. He is predeceased by his parents Murray and Ruth Barr (1995), his first wife Lillian Anne “Nan” (McKay) (1984), and brother Robert Barr (2013).

Hugh was born and educated in London. He received his MD (Cum Laude) from UWO in 1959. He was active in school affairs, intramural sports, and Delta Upsilon Fraternity. His father was a founding member of DU and three of his grandsons were also members at Western.

He embarked on a demanding postgraduate Neurosurgical training program in Toronto, London, England, and London, Ontario, where his mentor and subsequent colleague was Dr. Charles Drake. He successfully completed his FRCS(C) in Neurosurgery in 1966 and for 36 years was a consultant and practicing neurosurgeon at Victoria, St. Joseph’s and University Hospitals in London.

The profession was challenging but rewarding. Long hours of work and time away from his family were counter balanced by the knowledge and satisfaction, that the vast majority of patients were cured of their symptoms and could return to a normal life. He valued the companionship and expertise of his colleagues in the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences and the other health care professionals and staff at LHSC.

Hugh will forever be remembered for his love of family and friends. As well as being a respected surgeon, he was also humble and compassionate towards his patients, the residents in training, and the hospital staff in general. He cherished family time at the cottage in Grand Bend, and family holidays including skiing with his children and grandchildren.

Upon retirement in 2001, he and Cathy moved permanently to Grand Bend. He enjoyed the smaller community, the outdoor life, Lake Huron, but especially the friendships he and Cathy developed. He switched from tennis to golf with considerable passion, but his enthusiasm far exceeded his ability, which caused him significant frustration.

He unselfishly devoted his time as a member of the Board of the GBCHC, followed by the Board of Community Living of South Huron. He was a member of the Grand Bend Probus Club and an former member of the Grand Bend Rotary Club.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Pinery Cemetery in Grand Bend on Tuesday, December 14th at 1 PM with Reverend Susan Moore officiating. 

Though the service is private, a recording of the service will be made available to view on Wednesday, December 15th at www.facebook.com/haskettfh.

In lieu of flowers as an expression of sympathy please consider a memorial donation to Salvation Army, or Jessica’s House.

Condolences for the family of “BARR: Hugh Wallace King M. D. FRCS(C) of Grand Bend, formerly of London”

Condolence from Jill & Ralph on December 7th, 2021 3:53 PM

Newport Landing will never be the same without our dear friend & neighbour Hugh; but our lives are greatly enriched by his presence in our lives!
Thanks for the memories dear Hugh!
With gratitude for your companionship in our lives.
Jill & Ralph

Condolence from Monique Erratt on December 7th, 2021 5:30 PM

Both Pat and I are deeply saddened upon hearing of Hugh’s passing.
Hugh was a true gentleman and always a pleasure to work with.. His great sense of humour and whit always brought a smile to our faces
He will be missed.

Condolence from Jim McVicar on December 7th, 2021 7:02 PM

To Cathy and all members of the Barr family, I send my sincere condolences.
Hugh was such a great person and someone I could call a friend during his retirement years in Grand Bend.
He will be missed by all his friends in Grand bend.

Condolence from Mike and Bonnie McCann on December 7th, 2021 7:51 PM

So sad to hear the news of Hugh’s passing. Our condolences to Cathy and family.

Condolence from Wendy kelch on December 7th, 2021 8:29 PM

We will truly miss you Hugh you were a great part of the Moore family and will be greatly missed ! Especially your phone calls after a family get together ,they were always so thoughtful ! Our thoughts and prayers go to Cathy and your extended family !
Love Wendy and Mark Kelch

Condolence from Carla McFarlane on December 7th, 2021 8:38 PM

Hugh was such a wonderful man, always so welcoming. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing him. Our deepest sympathy to the whole family.
Carla, Jeff and Jack

Condolence from Peter. Brenda Haist on December 7th, 2021 9:21 PM

Dear Cathy and family Our sincere condolences. We will truly miss Hugh.
Brenda and Peter

Condolence from Chris Thompson on December 7th, 2021 9:32 PM

We’ve lost a truly wonderful man. Hugh was kind, he was caring and he always made time to chat. We are truly blessed and forever grateful to have known Hugh and know he will be deeply missed by the many whose lives he touched. To Cathy, his family and his friends, our heartfelt and deepest condolences.

Chris, Brian, Breanna & Tory Thompson

Condolence from Marie Gear on December 7th, 2021 9:36 PM

I first encountered Dr Barr as a young medical student. He was a wonderful teacher and mentor. I remember so well heading out to rural Ontario to start practice and expressing some trepidation about managing neurosurgical emergencies. Hugh replied , just call me. You can always call me. And i always could and did. Sometimes at the hospital, sometimes from his cottage , he offered sage advice and support to help me through whatever crisis i was dealing with. A great man who gave much to the world.
Thank you Hugh.
Marie Gear M.D.

Condolence from Linda Steele on December 7th, 2021 9:37 PM

A wonderful gentleman. A brilliant neurosurgeon who was always so kind to his patients and residents and students. He was always happy to teach us everything he could and us students and residents all adored him.
I got to know him as a friend years later when we all lived in Grand Bend. My condolences and love to Cathy and his family.
Bill and Linda Steele

Condolence from Dabe & Peggy Gray on December 7th, 2021 10:11 PM

Our sincerest condolence to Cathy and and family, Hugh was a gentle soul with a kind heart, gentle smile and quick whit. Our family experienced his medical expertise first hand, and because of him, had many more years with our mother, we would not have had. His friendship will always be cherished and sadly missed.

Condolence from Gary and Christine Eagleson on December 8th, 2021 1:42 AM

It was a shock to hear of Hugh’s passing at Rotary today. It was an honour to have known Hugh through Rotary. Our sincere condolences to Cathy and his extended family.

Condolence from Paul and Heather Klopp on December 8th, 2021 5:43 AM

You will be missed Dr Barr…you are loved! Thinking of you Cathy.

Condolence from Brenda Jones on December 8th, 2021 5:51 AM

Dear Brenda , Bob, and Cathy,
We are sadden by this news. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Brenda and Bob Jones

Condolence from Peter Gates on December 8th, 2021 6:41 AM

It is with great sadness that I write these notes. For almost all of my years Hugh was a fixture in the Gates Family lives.

One of my earliest memories (as perhaps a 4 year old) was playing on the Point Clark beach at the Barr cottage, with both Hugh and my uncle Don Husson who both held still and tolerated me as I traced their bare feet outlines in the sand.

Rather than a cousin Hugh was much more like a brother to my mother Margaret. That relationship was founded when she as a teenager she lived with the Barr family and assisted with the family household. From that beginning the Barr family continued to play a large role through the years in that of my own.

During my teens when Hugh and Nan lived near our family in Don Mills, they employed me at different times to oversee young Robyn. And in my early married years when at a family gathering and my wife Daryl was experiencing a health issue, they decided that she needed a break and proceeded to take our daughter Kelly home with them. Young Kelly had just a marvelous time and talked about it for ages.

Through the many Husson/Barr family gatherings whether they were weddings, birthday parties or funerals, Hugh was almost always in attendance expressing his interest in our lives. His warm sense of family was inordinately important to him and in turn was loved by all of us for it.

Even in his retirement he freely gave of his time to provide medical insight when queries from the less knowledgeable were put to him.

And so I extend the heartfelt condolences of both my wife and myself to Cathy and Hughs’ entire extended family.

Although we shall miss him, he will live on in our memories.

Peter & Daryl Gates

Condolence from Cathy Hutchison Scott on December 8th, 2021 6:53 AM

So sorry to hear the news of Hughs passing.
Condolences to you Cathy and the entire Barr family. I remember him as such a kind kind gentleman. Thinking of you. He will be missed by many.

Condolence from Toby Bidtnes on December 8th, 2021 7:31 AM

I got to know Hugh as a friend through John Moore. When he learned that my wife Sharon, had suffered a severe stroke at age 48, with no conclusive cause, he arranged to have her examined by his Team in London. This is the kind of compassionate and caring man Hugh was. Rest in peace Hugh. Sharon and Toby

Condolence from Randy and Lynda on December 8th, 2021 8:01 AM

Our deepest sympathy. There are very few people who can’t say Dr. Hughes Barr helped me …in some way or another. There was no finer gentleman or friend in our community. He will be missed by so many. To Cathy and the Barr family we send our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Judy mason on December 8th, 2021 8:16 AM

Oh Cathy….and family ….we are sending our sincerest condolences and sympathies. Hugh was always such a kind and humorous gentleman and always had time to chat. He will truly be missed. Larry and Judy Mason

Condolence from Jim and Linda Ferguson/Ferguson Uoholstery on December 8th, 2021 8:40 AM

Though our paths didn’t cross often, we enjoyed time spent with Hugh.
Our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Jim & Cheryl Edmonds on December 8th, 2021 9:15 AM

Hugh was always a pleasure to be with. He will be truly missed. Our sincere condolences to Cathy and family.
Jim & Cheryl

Condolence from Chuck Box on December 8th, 2021 9:24 AM

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you
Janis and Chuck

Condolence from Bill Rochester on December 8th, 2021 9:34 AM

Cathy and Family, Jody and I are saddened by this news. He was a great man and respected by all. Just remember the good times. RIP Hugh Bill Jody

Condolence from Ellen McConnell on December 8th, 2021 10:07 AM

Dear Cathy and family,
Sincere condolences in the passing of Dr. Hugh Barr. He will surely be missed.

Sincerely, Barbara and Douglas Shephard

Condolence from Sandra & Roger Keay on December 8th, 2021 10:26 AM

Condolences to you Cathy and your family. He will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Holly moore on December 8th, 2021 10:33 AM

Sending you our sincerest heartfelt sympathy , Cathy. Hugh was a wonderful family man who will be greatly missed by all of us.
Love, Peter and Holly Moore, Amy, Beth and Julie

Condolence from Earlene Freel on December 8th, 2021 11:09 AM

One of the best and a dear friend !Sincere condolences Cathy!
Earlene Freel

Condolence from Valerie & Graham Whitehead on December 8th, 2021 11:40 AM

If there is one word to describe Hugh, as so many people have, it is ‘gentleman’ . We always enjoyed his company and conversation. He will be missed by many. To you Cathy, and family, our condolences.

Condolence from Doug & Betty Lynn Eckel on December 8th, 2021 12:32 PM

Brenda, Bob & family – So sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Cherish all of your wonderful memories.

Condolence from Ken and Vicki Shonk on December 8th, 2021 1:02 PM

Vicki and I offer our condolences to Cathy and the entire Barr family. Our connections to the Barr family go back to 1967 when Murray Barr became my mentor in first year medicine. Hugh took over in my second year and we got to know Hugh and Nan. Hugh was always welcoming and treated all of us as equals. I then got to know Dave Barr and we canoed together for years and remain in contact still. Our family spent many happy weeks at Point Clark with the Barr Clan. As a family doctor I was also able to refer patients to Hugh and all of them commented on their return on his compassion and caring nature. He will be truly missed.
Our thoughts are with the Cathy and the Barr family,
Ken and Vicki Shonk.

Condolence from Joan Morgan on December 8th, 2021 1:28 PM

Cathy & family
Sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Condolence from Brett and Tanya on December 8th, 2021 2:37 PM

Cathy and Barr family, We are sorry to hear about Hugh’s passing.

I remember the Moore family get togethers from recently and all the way back when I was a kid. Hugh was always fun and easy to be around. He will be missed.

Brett Kelch and Tanya Berkers

Condolence from Jason and Neena Enright on December 8th, 2021 3:59 PM

Dear Jason, Jen and Family,

We are sorry to hear of your loss. We know how much your dad was loved and how greatly he will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Peace, prayers and blessings.

With love, Jason and Neena Enright xo

Condolence from Ross & Susan on December 8th, 2021 4:09 PM

Cathy & Family

As our neighbour in Newport Landing, we quickly learned that Hugh was a true gentleman, compassionate and always had a warm engaging smile. We’ll always cherish our time spent visiting with Hugh. He will be missed!

Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Ross & Susan

Condolence from Dwight Moulin on December 8th, 2021 4:18 PM

Dear Cathy and Family – such a great loss. Hugh was one of my teachers and then a colleague and friend. We talked on the phone every 6 months or so and I will always cherish those phone calls. Dwight Moulin

Condolence from Karn Durdin on December 8th, 2021 4:52 PM

Dear Cathy and Family, Donnie and I are so very sad to hear of Hugh’s passing. Sending our thoughts and prayers.
Karn Durdin and Don Thornton

Condolence from Michele Gervais on December 8th, 2021 5:02 PM

Dear Cathy and the Barr Family
Hugh was a true gentleman with a great smile. And always a little chuckle.
Cheers to a well lived and well loved life.
Sincere condolences
Michele and Ted Gervais

Condolence from Mary Margaret Prowse on December 8th, 2021 5:56 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time. Hugh was a true gentleman and I know her will be dearly missed by all.

Condolence from Mary Lou Gough on December 8th, 2021 6:00 PM

Dear Cathy and Family ,
Rick and I are very saddened by the news of Hughs passing. I will always remember his generosity and sense of humour and will treasure my memories of working together in the Operating Room. A talented surgeon, a wonderful teacher and a very kind man.
Our deepest sympathies.

Condolence from Sandy Shaw on December 8th, 2021 7:17 PM

Dear Cathy and Barr Family
It was my pleasure to know Hugh through Community Living South Huron Board of Directors and as a friend of my parents, Kay and Morris Webb. You’re a gem, Dr. Barr….a true gem.
My condolences to you Cathy and the Barr Family.

Condolence from Mary Husson on December 8th, 2021 7:26 PM

Dear Cathy and Family:

My heart aches for you all at the loss of your dear husband, father, grandfather and very special and loving person.
My wonderful memories of Hugh span over more than sixty years. At that time, Hugh and Nan introduced me to Hugh’s cousin Don Husson. who became the love of my life and my husband for over fifty-five years.

Don and Hugh were cousins and friends who shared many happy memories…..including “being motorcycle buddies” in their late teens, as well as many happy memories at the Pointe Clarke cottage.
The special Barr/Husson family relationship has continued over the years.

Hugh was loved and will be missed by so many family and friends.

Condolence from Bob and Sherie MacLachlan on December 8th, 2021 7:39 PM

Our condolences to you Cathy and Family. We so enjoyed our many golfing trips down south that you and Hugh so capably put together. May your wonderful memories help to overshadow your grief!
Bob and Sherie

Condolence from RICHARD NEIL JENNISON on December 8th, 2021 8:02 PM

Sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing. Great guy , wonderful sense of humour and kind , we’ll remember his easy smile.
Rich and Wendy

Condolence from DAVID MCCLURE on December 8th, 2021 8:56 PM

Wonderful memories of a 1950’s Western fellow student and a 2000’s Huron Woods neighbour .

I will always appreciate the post retirement neurological advice Hugh provided for a friend .

May Cathy and all of Hugh’s family receive many comforts and blessings .

Condolence from John & Sandy Dixon on December 8th, 2021 10:46 PM

Cathy & Family,

We were so saddened to learn of Hugh’s passing. Such a fine man! He left a huge legacy in the medical field. He was always so friendly and interested in others. He’ll be misses by so many. Our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Steve Lownie on December 8th, 2021 10:58 PM

As a former student of HWKB, I was told before coming to London he was the busiest neurosurgeon in Canada. Clinics were always hopping, and full OR days regularly occurred at least 3 days a week. Hugh was always cordial, efficient, and usually one or two steps ahead of his trainees in figuring out how to handle situations. His teaching was equally efficient and as matter-of-fact as his other day-to-day work, and he had that special knack of knowing exactly what his trainees needed to help them progress through their learning. Despite that type of schedule, he was rarely kept late at work, and made his family and their cherished lakeside retreat an abiding priority. Dr. Barr was cherished and respected not only by his surgery colleagues and trainees, but by his anesthesiology colleagues as well, and was the only neurosurgeon I knew who hosted a party specifically for his anesthesiology workmates, a number of whom were also close friends. His summer cottage gatherings along Lake Huron were always a highlight for nurses and trainees and their families. A neurosurgeon who will stand tall among his peers, he will be dearly missed. Condolences to Cathy and the family from Penny and Steve.

Steve Lownie

Condolence from David Spence on December 9th, 2021 1:51 AM

Hugh was one of my early teachers in medical school, and then during a 4-month rotation on Neurosurgery at Victoria Hospital during my Neurology residency. He was a gentleman and a gentle man, and a very kind and thoughtful teacher. Later he became a valued colleague; a neurosurgeon with excellent judgement that matched his skill. I offer sincere condolences to the family.

Condolence from Angela Boyle on December 9th, 2021 7:12 AM

So shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. Barr’s passing. He was a pleasure to work with, always respectful, helpful and caring. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Cathy and his family but especially to my friend Robyn and her family. Sorry for your loss.
Angela and Michael Boyle

Condolence from JoAnne Pickering on December 9th, 2021 9:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Hughs passing. I served on the board of Community Living S.H. when he was on and enjoyed that time with this very knowledgeable man with great care for those we service. He I am sure will be missed by all the knew him.

Condolence from Jim Turnbull on December 9th, 2021 9:15 AM

Cathy and the Barr family. We are so sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing. A true Gentleman and he will be missed by the entire community. Jim & Suzy Turnbull

Condolence from Greg and Kathy Hodgins on December 9th, 2021 10:13 AM

We were so very sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing. Please except our most heartfelt sympathy.
Hugh operated on my Dad in 1970 and provided consults thereafter every time they encountered each other. He was always there for his patients.
Having played a few golf games with Hugh and many memorable tennis matches over the years I can say he was every bit the sportsman and gentleman in competition as he was in his everyday life. A wonderful man who will be missed by many!

Condolence from Paula and Franco DeMonte (Houston, Texas) on December 9th, 2021 11:53 AM

To Cathy and the entire Barr family,
Paula and I extend our heartfelt sympathies. Hugh Barr leaves a massive legacy. He has trained hundreds of neurosurgeons who have gone on to practice in Canada and abroad, and through his residents and fellows has extended his healing hands and ways to thousands and thousands of patients in need of neurosurgical care. Even today, 30 years into my own practice I can point to things that I do that are exactly how Hugh taught me to do them.
He treated the residents with respect as collegues. I have many fond memories and I am a better person for having had the fortune of meeting Hugh Barr 36 years ago.

Condolence from Norm & Donna Middaugh on December 9th, 2021 12:02 PM

I first met Hugh when we moved to Grand Bend some 14 years ago.
It was at a golf tournament at Sandhills and the place was packed.
There were a lot of golfers from London including several Auto mechanics.
Hugh said to me ‘Norm how do you know them because I know them also’. I told him I worked at Western and they were all friends of mechanic Marty O’Brian (his shop was near Western).
It was awhile later that someone asked me ‘what does Hugh do?’
I said I don’t know but I think he is a mechanic! A person listening jumped in and said
‘He’s a mechanic alright, a brain mechanic’.
I don’t know how many times I’ve told that story, and every time Hugh gets a big smile on his face.
I miss that mechanic, and I extend my condolences to Cathy and the Barr family.

Condolence from Ed and Judy Fluter on December 9th, 2021 12:55 PM

We are saddened and truly sorry to hear of Hugh’s sudden passing. He was a kind, caring and ‘gentle’ man who positively and memorably impacted the lives of so many.
Our heartfelt condolences to you Cathy, and to all the members of the family, as you navigate this difficult time forward.
Warmest hugs, Judy and Ed

Condolence from Marcy and Deb Merner on December 9th, 2021 3:03 PM

Our sincere condolences to the Barr family
My sister and I remember Dr Barr when he saved our mothers life in 1969. Our father was dying from cancer at the same time. We will never forget his compassion and kindness. His expertise and compassion opened my eyes to the medical field and I became a nurse. When we speak of our mother, DR Barr is always included in the conversation. We have truly lost a great man.

Condolence from Lynne Desjardine on December 9th, 2021 3:23 PM

Thinking of You with sympathy during this time of sorrow! Hugh will be missed in our community here in the Bend. I always loved hearing his stories, from the past especially, & to the present.
RIP Hugh!
Lynne Desjardine & Family

Condolence from Dianne Prowse Twynstra on December 9th, 2021 3:55 PM

My deepest condolences to the entire Barr family. I grew up with Robyn, Brenda and Scott. I have fond memories as a young girl of spending time with you all at your cottage with my family. Dr. Barr was a wonderful, kind man and I enjoyed very much visiting with him and Cathy at various Rotary events in Grand Bend over the years. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Condolence from Lynda Mailhot on December 9th, 2021 4:42 PM

Our deepest sympathy Cathy and family. He was pretty special. We were lucky to call him our friend. He was gifted in so many ways. He touched so many people. Another star in the sky.
Lynda & Maurice

Condolence from Kay Webb on December 9th, 2021 5:29 PM

My condolences to you Cathy and the Barr familyThis is sad loss of a wonder man and friend. Morris and I had many fun times with the both of youI will miss his smiling face. Cathy, you and I will have a very sad Christmas So very sorry for your loss

Condolence from Doug & Karen Courtney on December 9th, 2021 5:50 PM

Grand Bend has lost a TRUE GENTLEMAN that was a friend to everyone. To Cathy and the rest of the Barr Family our sincere condolences.

Condolence from C Bevan Stuart, M.D. (Meds UWO 1970) on December 9th, 2021 6:43 PM

Dr. Barr was my hero and taught me some of the most important things I ever learned about practicing medicine and living life.

Condolence from Mike & Chris Burgess on December 9th, 2021 7:05 PM

Our deepest and most sincere condolences to Cathy & family. Hugh was the nicest guy one could ever meet, and will be sorely missed by many, many friends, patients and family. The world is a better place for having Hugh in it.
Rest in Peace Hugh.

Mike & chris Burgess

Condolence from Jim and Karen Faith on December 9th, 2021 7:06 PM

We were so sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Jim and Karen

Condolence from Richard and Elisabeth on December 9th, 2021 7:30 PM

To Cathy and family. We were shocked to hear of Hugh’s sudden passing! He was such a wonderful neighbour and a real gentleman. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we will thinking of you next Tuesday and the difficult days ahead. Richard and Elisabeth Faber

Condolence from Heather Carter on December 9th, 2021 8:50 PM

Dear Cathy and the Barr Family….Hugh will be sorely missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him. I met Hugh and Nan in the 1970s before I started working in Neurosurgery, and then had the great pleasure to work with him through the years. He always kept in touch while I worked in the US, and Cathy/Hugh shared their Christmas Eve celebrations with my Mother (who absolutely adored him) and myself when I would return to London. I have many happy memories to cherish. My thoughts are with all of you during this time…..

Condolence from Lois and Doug Thiel on December 9th, 2021 8:51 PM

To Cathy and all the Barr family–You have our sincere condolences in the loss of a dear husband,father,grandfather and greatgrandfather.We are sharing in your sorrow and we will keep you close in our thoughts and prayers. I had the pleasure of working with him on the Board of the Grand Bend area Community Health Centre. He also welcomed us to Huron Woods when we first came to the area. He will always hold a treasured spot in our memories.May you find comfort in happy times shared. Sincerely Lois and Doug Thiel.

Condolence from Janice & Bill Brock on December 10th, 2021 8:05 AM

Cathy and family, so sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing. I met him first on New Year’s Eve many years ago standing on a rainy evening watching fireworks in the Oakwood Inn parking lot. He so kindly offered to share his umbrella with me and our conversation was wonderful. We have had many since during the years shared with our Beta Sigma Phi socials. His failing health was a frustration to him, wishing you all so many happy memories of your times together.

Condolence from Jerry & Rose Vanbruaene on December 10th, 2021 10:44 AM

Dear Cathy and The Barr Family.

Our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of Dr. Barr I always enjoyed seeing you both when you came for lunch at FINE. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Jerry & Rose

Condolence from Dave Barr on December 10th, 2021 11:53 AM

It is probably not customary for a brother to contribute to this list, but I wish to add my condolences to Cathy and Hugh’s 5 great kids.
Other than our sister,Lynn, I have been blessed to know Hugh longer than most. After reading so many nice comments from so many people, I realize that he was the same caring person at work as he was with his closest family.
I looked up to both my older brothers. They were truly a tough act to follow ! My parents often said ” Quiet David, your brothers are studying . Go outside “.
In his late teens, Hugh bought a Heath Kit Radio to build. The only problem was that it was all colour coded, and he was colour blind ! I spent weeks beside him telling him what colour the wires were. I would have been about 7 then, and surprisingly it worked !
Even in medical school, Hugh knew he wanted to be a surgeon. He would have me sit with his watch and time him as he tied surgical knots inside a paper bag, with one hand !! He got really fast.
I will stop now, but my respect for Hugh will never stop.

Condolence from Linda Kumpf on December 10th, 2021 3:21 PM

There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains…Rest In Peace Hugh….you will be missed.
Linda Kumpf

Condolence from John & Sharon McNeilly on December 10th, 2021 4:03 PM

To Cathy and family

Sending our deepest condolences on the sudden passing of Hugh. We remember his gentle presence at the many sorority socials and although his health during the past years was a frustration for him, he always wanted and tried to attend as many as possible. Trusting that the many wonderful memories you have made, will help you through this most difficult time.

Condolence from Jane McComb (Blewett) on December 10th, 2021 4:26 PM

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We have known Hugh for 50 years and I have fond memories of the Christmas parties and the family ski trips. You will be missed. Jane McComb (Blewett)

Condolence from Anne and Laurie Cahill on December 10th, 2021 7:20 PM

Our deepest sympathy. Hugh was such a warm and caring person.

Condolence from Freddie Smith on December 10th, 2021 7:44 PM

To Cathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words to express the memories of Dr. Barr after so many years. He had a gift of always making everyone feel special, always had time to chat, and had a great sense of humor. He truly cared about people and I appreciate every moment I got to interact with him over the years. He will be deeply missed. I was blessed to know him.

Condolence from Adrienne (King) Smith on December 10th, 2021 9:00 PM

Dear Cathy and family, I was very sad to hear about Dr. Bar’s passing. I remember all the good times we all had in the OR. He was always patient and taught us so much. With deepest condolences Adrienne and Jerry.

Condolence from Neil Duggal on December 10th, 2021 10:00 PM

Dear Cathy and Family,

Louise and I were deeply saddened to hear the news – our sincerest condolences to family and friends.

As was the case for many residents training in neurosurgery, Dr. Barr was the single most influential mentor during my training. Whether he was in the clinic, caring for inpatients or in the operating room, he always did the right thing. His surgical skills were nothing less than spectacular – whether he was performing a carotid endarterectomy or a spinal decompression, he made it look effortless. He took a personal interest in his trainees, guiding many of us through important career choices and for this I will always be grateful.

Dr. Barr was a very special teacher, surgeon, mentor and person. He will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Allan Fox on December 11th, 2021 9:13 AM

Dear Cathy and family:

Hugh is remembered by me as a skillful neurosurgeon, compassionate, and always a gentleman. While he and I worked at opposite ends of town in allied, but different specialties (until he practiced more at University Hospital), he was always a congenial force in the joint department. His personality made him one of the pluses at Western. He is missed.

Condolence from R&R Hicks on December 11th, 2021 9:58 AM

Cathy, Robyn, Brenda, Scott, Brent, Jason and Family. We send our deepest condolences to all of you. Hugh Barr was such a good man and a talented surgeon! We both feel so fortunate to have known and worked with him. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Robin and Randall Hicks

Condolence from Pat, Garo and Peter Keresteci on December 11th, 2021 10:54 AM

Deepest condolences from the Keresteci family. Remembering so many good times. Sharing 1/2 a house in London while on a fellowship. Dinners together in the Cloisters of the Don, with Hugh and Ara asleep at the table. Our best wishes to you all.

Condolence from Ramesh Sahjpaul on December 11th, 2021 12:16 PM

As a teacher, mentor, guide, and friend of the highest order, I remember Hugh with great affection and admiration. A gentleman through and through. Despite being incredibly busy, he epitomized the concept of a neurosurgical family and welcomed mine to London. I will miss him greatly. My deepest condolences to Cathy and the family.

Condolence from Jon Stoessl on December 11th, 2021 12:55 PM

Dear Cathy
I was saddened to read of Hugh’s passing, also touched to read messages from people whom I have not seen for many years. Like many who have left notes here, I was a student and colleague of Hugh, as well as his brother and father. He was a kind man who came from a family of kind people. Like them, he was highly accomplished and enormously respected, but the emphasis for him was always on behaving with kindness and decency, rather than on his own successes. Even though he was a phenomenally busy neurosurgeon (because everyone sought his opinion), he had the phenomenal skill of making everyone feel that he had all the time in the world for them, and I don’t think I ever saw him without a massive smile. My deepest condolences,

Condolence from Gordon Sellery on December 11th, 2021 3:02 PM

I first met Hugh when he was an intern in Toronto and I was “his” medical student. He was very encouraging as I fumbled through my student rotation. When I joined the Anesthesia staff at Victoria Hospital in 1968, he welcomed me and for next stage in my career I enjoyed working with him as I knew that his patients were receiving his excellent neurosurgical care. He showed much courage and resolve after an accident during his later retirement years and Cathy played a major role in his recovery. I send my condolences to Cathy and the Barr family.
Gordon Sellery

Condolence from Ron Kimber on December 11th, 2021 3:50 PM

Wonderful memories of Hugh’s warm friendship over the years. He’ll be missed dearly and remembered well!
Much love to his family during this difficult time.
Ron and In memory, Liz, Kimber

Condolence from Marnie McArthur on December 11th, 2021 4:36 PM

Dear Cathy and family:
Heartfelt condolences to the friendliest neighbours in all of Oakwood Park in the 90’s before we all moved a few times.
There is not much to add to all the glorious
tributes to Hugh but he was also a charmer and professional entertainer. It’s hard to do what he accomplished both personally and professionally. Cathy and Hugh had great parties.
My son was 11 when we move to Oakwood. At
the age of 43 he still remembers Hugh as a nice
guy to all the kids in the Park and he would like to say that he still uses the technique Hugh taught him to eat mussels. (Use one mussel shell as a pincer to pick out the other muscles.)

Condolence from Heather Henderson on December 11th, 2021 5:08 PM

In 1982 Dr. Barr diagnosed my dad with an untreatable aggressive brain tumor. I still remember his compassion and gentleness as he told us of Dad’s condition (he died a few months later). It was Dr. Barr’s distinctive voice I remembered and 12 years ago my husband and I were on a European River Cruise when I overheard a gentleman making a toast to his Grand Bend friends on the first night out. I turned around and said to a gal in his group, “Pardon me, I’m not sure but I think I know that man’s voice.” She said, “That’s my husband, Dr. Hugh Barr.” I could have fallen off my chair. I was too emotional to talk that night but the next day as I sat in the forward lounge having an early morning coffee this voice behind me said, “Hello, my wife says we may have met before.” Of course, Dr. Barr had helped so many people in his distinguished career he did not remember my dad specifically. But we had a lovely visit and I will always remember Dr. Hugh Barr as a wonderful caring doctor.

Condolence from ann hambley on December 11th, 2021 5:39 PM

My best thoughts to all the Barr/extended family and especially to my good friend Robyn . Dr. Barr was a pleasure to work with. I enjoyed his quick wit and humour while working in the OR. I am glad he had such fulfilling retirement years.

Condolence from Sue and Warwick Pexman on December 11th, 2021 6:00 PM

Dear Cathy and family,
Sue and I send you all our sympathy and condolences.
We were sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing but pleased for him that it was sudden.
You probably remember that I was a neuroradiologist. Working 20 years with Hugh was the most rewarding part of my job. His radiological requests gave clear clinical details and he was frequently in the radiological department to discuss the films .
Our paths outside Vic did not cross as Sue and I played golf and squash. We are glad Hugh finally enjoyed walking the golf course.
We live in Calgary,Alberta and hope to see Hugh’s memorial service on Face Book

Sue and Warwick Pexman

Condolence from Tony and Fran Relouw on December 11th, 2021 9:40 PM

We didn’t know Hugh until he was retired but as I read all the tributes to him, we can vouch that he cared for his friends the same way he cared for his patients and colleagues. He always showed true concern for how you were feeling and was so good at staying in touch- the phone was his friend! We will miss him dearly. RIP Hugh. We send our sincere condolences to Cathy and all the Barr family.

Condolence from Shelley Balderston on December 11th, 2021 11:48 PM

Dear Cathy and the Barr Family

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Barr in the OR. He was a gentleman and a great teacher.
He will be missed by his family and friends.
My deepest condolences

Condolence from Peter Lindsay on December 12th, 2021 10:33 AM

My sincerest sympathies to Cathy,Robin,Scott and the rest of Hugh’s family. It was always a great privilege to be able to help care for Dr. Barr’s patients. A rare gem of a caring, outstanding and humble physician.

Condolence from Betty Bembich on December 12th, 2021 1:25 PM

Dear Cathy and to all the Barr family…
I send my deepest condolences to all of you. I had the honor of working with Dr.Barr in the OR @ Victoria Hospital. I always enjoyed his quick humor, his patience and eagerness to teach. Sending my thoughts & prayers to you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Valerie Bain on December 12th, 2021 2:40 PM

Dear Cathy and the Barr children,
Sending my heartfelt sympathy to you Cathy, Robyn, Brenda, Scott, Brent and Jason.
I wish I could be at the service to extend my condolences in person. You have lost a loving husband and Father and a very good man. We have so many shared Barr/Bain family memories with our March Breaks, Sarasota time, Beaver Valley ski trips and so many more.
My loving thoughts are with you at this time,

Condolence from Pat ( Reeve) Busteed on December 12th, 2021 5:38 PM

My condolences to the Barr family. I first knew Dr Barr as a newly graduated RN hired in 1973 to work on 8 Middlesex, the Neuro floor. He was friendly and approachable to his patients and staff and an excellent clinician. Later, he was very encouraging when I made the transfer to work in the OR. I spent most of my long nursing career loving neurosurgery in part because of the super introduction he gave me.

Condolence from George Skrettas on December 12th, 2021 9:16 PM

I first met Dr. Barr in 1986 as a student at the University of Western Ontario, and then as a student at St. Joseph’s Hospital and University Hospital in London until 1994. He was always ready to listen to your question and then answer it by teaching. A few years ago, I was in Grand Bend and saw him. I approached him and after telling him who I was and how I knew him, it gave me great pleasure to have a conversation with him. He wished me the best, shook my hand and thanked me for talking to him even though it was getting cold out there in the open with the blustery winds coming off Lake Huron and chilling the Grand Bend air. Rest in peace Sir.

Condolence from FRANK & ELIANE VANHEVEL on December 13th, 2021 11:36 AM

Our condolence to Cathy and the Barr family Hugh was a great neighbour & friend to drop in and have a chat he will be missed.

Condolence from Michelle Rummell on December 13th, 2021 12:07 PM

Cathy and family,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Barr. I have so many memories of chats we had over the years at University Hospital. He was always so friendly and kind! I am sending my deepest condolences to you. May your memories bring you comfort in the difficult days ahead.

Michelle Rummell

Condolence from Bill Nursey on December 13th, 2021 8:26 PM

Dave ..my condolences to you and your family. Very sorry to hear of the passing of your brother Hugh.

Condolence from Paul Cooper and David Hiebert on December 14th, 2021 10:57 AM

Dear Cathy and Barr Family,

Our deepest and most sincere condolences are your loss. I first met Hugh as a Western medical student and was always impressed with his courtesy and caring. This carried right though to when he became a valued colleague in the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences. There are some colleagues whom you dread having to call because if it turns out that it was not critical or important they make you feel like a food for bothering you. This was never the case with Hugh who was always the gentleman and made you feel that you had done the right thing–even as you learned that you could do better next time. His humility was entirely out of proportion to his consummate clinical skill–he was a surgeon’s surgeon–quietly and humbly effective. As a founding member of The Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences he will be remembered always, and remembered with great pride that he was part of our clinical family and we were all touched by him.
May the love that Hugh leaves behind comfort you all in this time of loss and beyond.

Condolence from Terri Paul on December 14th, 2021 2:48 PM

I was saddened to hear of Hugh’s passing – such a gentleman and wonderful physician. I always enjoyed our interactions as colleagues and learned much from his expertise. But it is his laugh and good humour I remember most.
My condolences to your family
Terri Paul

Condolence from Judy Oehm on December 14th, 2021 2:49 PM

It is with great sadness and shock, I feel about Hugh’s passing. It seems just a few years ago, I went to his retirement party. My sincere and deepest sympathy and condolences go to Cathy and the Barr family.
In my opinion, he was one of the best, a surgeon and friend, as everyone has attested to. I know his legacy will be proudly carried on by his family.
Love to Cathy and the Barr family,
Judy Oehm

Condolence from Mark D. Currie on December 14th, 2021 9:06 PM

So sorry to hear of Dr Barr’s passing.
My condolences, and thoughts are with all the Barr Family.
Mark Currie

Condolence from Grant Wren on December 15th, 2021 8:38 AM

My sincere condolences to the Barr family on Hugh’s passing. Dr. Barr operated on my sister in 1977 and it changed her life for the better. I had the pleasure of meeting he and Cathy in person a few times in Grand Bend or Lucan at Dave’s home many years ago attending Barr family events with my friend Anne H. Hugh was a gifted and dedicated surgeon and has touched many lives through his profession. May your memories be a comfort to you in the days ahead.

Condolence from Kate Mason on December 15th, 2021 10:56 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Barr’s passing Cathy! Thinking of you!

Condolence from Jim MacMaster on December 15th, 2021 2:12 PM

So sad. As a nephew of this great person, who had so many interactions with Aunt Nan and their great children growing up. I will miss him. Condolences to Robin, Scott, Brenda, Brent, Jason and Cathy. Love to all of you and your families. Oh, to be on the beaches of Lake Huron listening to him mumble, as the Barr’s tend to do.

Most Sincerely,



Condolence from Lorraine Nelligan on December 15th, 2021 8:04 PM

So sad to learn of Hugh’s passing . He was such a kind unpretentious gentleman and skilled surgeon. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
My heartfelt condolences to Cathy, Robyn, Scott , & all the Barr family.

Condolence from Rose and Dave McCrie on December 19th, 2021 9:13 AM

Cathy – Our sincerest sympathies to you and the Barr and Moore families. We have many fond memories of Hugh and his caring for all who crossed his path. Take care

Condolence from Sarah Stewart on December 19th, 2021 3:37 PM

Dear Cathy and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Hugh’s death. I met Hugh when I was training in Neurology in 1970 and even assisted him in some minor procedures. He was a wonderful man and an excellent surgeon. You will miss him greatly.
Sally Stewart

Condolence from Sheila on December 20th, 2021 11:00 AM

My condolences to you and your family. May your memories comfort you. With my deepest sympathy, Sheila

Condolence from Tara (Robinson) Cotterill on December 22nd, 2021 7:46 AM

Dear Barr family,
I am so sad to hear of Hugh’s passing. I have fond memories of our families’ times together skiing and gatherings. I remember Hugh as such a kind and caring man, full of life and laughter. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Condolence from Karn Durdin on February 21st, 2022 4:20 PM

To Cathy and all of Hugh’s family. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Hugh. He was always so friendly and kind. A wonderful man. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Karn Durdin and Don Thornton

Condolence from Salvatore M Spadafora, Toronto Ontario on February 24th, 2022 2:56 PM

Dear Cathy and family,
Although late I wanted to extend my condolences on the passing of Dr. Barr. I got to work with him from 1991 – 2021 in London, and what I remember most is how he made one feel. He was respectful always, no matter if it was my first rotation as a resident or when I was a staff anesthesiologist. He treated everyone well, and I honestly cannot remember a harsh word or a raised voice, no matter how big the case was or whether it was going well or not. He created a safe space where care could be given by all members of the team. In that regard he was ahead of his time as a surgeon. Dr. Barr, may you rest in peace and know that you made a difference to many. To Cathy and family particularly Robin and Scott who I got to work with, my sincere condolences on the passing of this great man.

Condolence from Edward Kachur on April 15th, 2022 1:53 PM

Just heard of Dr Barr’s passing.. he was a great teacher and role model.. his positive influence will live on for those fortunate enough to be around him .. my condolences to Cathy and his family ..

Condolence from Cathy Preston on July 12th, 2022 9:49 PM

Was so sad to hear of Dr. Bares passing today. My ❤️ goes out to all the family who I remember fondly from our days on the shores of Lake Huron in Oakwood Park. I always remember Dr Barr’s fast talking and good humour and most importantly his love of family. He left an indelible impact on so many. Fondly Cathy Preston (Rivers)

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