Friday August 21, 2009
THE HONOURABLE B. BARRY SHAPIRO, Q.C. Surrounded by his family, Barry passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at the age of 94. Dearly beloved husband of Vivian for 71 wonderful years. Much loved father of Gale Atha, Arna Sloan, and Jan and Steve Kelly. Proud and cherished grandfather of Robin, Stephen and Andrea, Heather, Jon and Lisa. Adored papa of Savannah, Ocean, Brisa, Melissa and Jessica. Dear brother of Shirley Bohnen and Richard Shapiro. Barry was a true gentleman, a man of great integrity, firm in his beliefs, sacrifice and sense of duty. To those who knew him best, Bud will always be remembered as an intelligent, caring and loving man with many lifetime achievements. Barry was born in Montreal in 1915, attended the University of Toronto and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1941. He served overseas during WWII in the United Kingdom, Italy and Northwest Europe in the Canadian Army Intelligence. He continued to serve for many years with the Canadian Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of Colonel. Barry, a Queen's Counsel, was a prominent trial lawyer, a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a former President of the MedicoLegal Society and a Chairman of the Peel Regional Board of Commissioners of Police. His judicial career began in 1971. He was the Senior Judge for the Judicial District of Peel for many years and later a Senior Judge of the Ontario Superior Court until his retirement in 1990. He was appointed Royal Commissioner enquiring into matters relating to the Toronto Jail and Custodial Services in Ontario. In addition, he served on the Ontario Review Board for numerous years. For 16 years, Barry was a military Aide de Camp to 3 LieutenantGovernors. Dad loved his golf, his Blue Jays, his writing and his collection of chess sets. But most of all he loved his family, and the love of his life, Vivian. We will forever miss him in our lives. Special thanks to the wonderful nurses and caregivers from Humber Heights. A graveside ser vice will be held at Holy Blossom Memorial Park, 40 Brimley Road (just north of St.Clair) on Friday, August 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Shiva will be at Humber Heights Retirement Home 2245 Lawrence Avenue West on August 21 as well as on August 23 from 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to B. Barry Shapiro Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324 or www.benjamins.ca or to the charity of your choice.