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Geraldyne (nee Crowell) Barr

Geraldyne (nee Crowell) Barr

Born In: Charlesville
Born: October 15th, 1922

Passed in: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Passed on: August 23rd, 2017

BARR, Geraldyne Winnifred (Crowell), 94, passed away August 23, 2017 at the Pine Grove Nursing Home in Fredericton, NB. Gerry was born in Charlesville, Nova Scotia, on October 15, 1922. She was the seventh child of Hallet Ray and Alva Letitia Crowell (Hubbard).
Gerry is survived by her two sons, Keith (Karoline) Barr and Don (Vivian Pollock) Barr; two grandchildren, Scott (Becky) and Allyson and one great grandchild (Noah); two sisters Leona Royal and Eileen Paul; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Gerry was predeceased by her husband William Grant Barr (1971); stillborn twin son and daughter (1959) and a premature son (1960); four sisters, Teresa Galbreath, Dora Barkhouse, Mary Berry, Vida Hamilton and three brothers, Arnold Crowell, Freeland Crowell and Keith Crowell.
During the Second World War, Gerry worked as an orderly at the hospital in Yarmouth. It was there that she met William (Bill) Barr. Bill was a Flight Sergeant in the RCAF and was stationed at Yarmouth. They were married on June 12, 1942. When Bill was transferred to St. Jean, Quebec for further training Gerry went with him and boarded in Montreal where she worked as a stenographer for Federal Aircraft Limited.
Bill worked at several jobs after being discharged from the Air Force following the war and eventually they settled in Mattawa, ON. in 1952. Gerry spent a number of years as a housewife and mother as she and Bill raised their two sons. Then, in 1961, Gerry began working at the Bank of Nova Scotia in Mattawa. Following the death of her husband in December 1971, Gerry transferred with the bank to a branch in London, ON. She retired from banking in 1985 and moved to Fredericton, NB to be close to her son Keith and her two grandchildren, Scott and Allyson.
While living in Mattawa, Gerry was involved in various community organizations including the United Church Women. She was a member of the committee that organized a public library in Mattawa and even coached a Pee Wee hockey team with one of her friends for a couple of years.
Special thanks to the staff at the Pine Grove Nursing Home who provided excellent care and attention.
Visitation was held at McAdam’s Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. A memorial service was held at St. Paul’s United Church on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm, Rev. Richard Bowley officiated. Interment will be held at a later date in Ottawa, ON. For those who wish, donations in Geraldyne’s memory can be made to Scouts Canada – Rivorton, the Arthritis Association of Canada, the Heart and Stoke Foundation, or to the SPCA. Online condolences can be made at www.mcadamsfh.com


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