January 26, 1945 – June 17, 2019
t 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 26, 1945 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 pm 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.