In Memory Of


Clare Barrymore (Barry) Virtue

Jul 28, 1931 - Oct 31, 2020


  A service will be held at a later date.


Memorial donations may be made in Barry’s name to Alberta Lung Association or The Red Deer Salvation Army.


Clare Barrymore (Barry) Virtue

The Beginning:

Born Neepawa, Manitoba July 28, 1931 to Clare and Vera (Card) Virtue; pre-deceased by parents and sisters Catherine (Bonnie) Renner, Joan (Ryding) Nishimura

He was raised in Silverton and Russell, Manitoba; Graduated from University of Manitoba in 1952 B.Sc.; Served in Canadian Officer Training Corp (COTC) while attending university. In 1957 he married Lois Pauline (Bunny) Slaymaker of Rocky Mountain House. Three children Kelly, Lori Loney (Craig) and Michael (Kate)


In 1952 Barry headed to Alberta to work for the Energy companies Geophysical divisions of Frontier Geophysical and then Amoco Petroleum; he attained designation as Professional Geophysicist. In the 60’s he joined the Department of Advanced Education as Instructor, Math & Physics. He was chosen as the Canadian delegate to International Organization of Labor Union and Bunny joined him in Geneva, Switzerland. Following, he was appointed Senior Administrator for Technical & Vocational Education for Southern Alberta (i.e. Red Deer South), then joined Mount Royal College as Provost (Vice President).

In 1972 Barry returned to the energy industry with Canadian Artic Gas Pipeline. In 1977 the project was terminated by the Berger inquiry and Federal Government. And so he founded consulting group (NORTRAN); the National Energy Program and Federal Government closed the project 4 years later. He worked briefly for Shells’ Alsand’s program in Fort McMurray, which was terminated because of NEP. He joined the Canadian Petroleum Association (now CAPP), appointed Director of Divisional Services, responsible for CPA interests in the East Coast offshore, Artic/Northern operations, Saskatchewan, B.C. and Pipeline Division. Since 1972 he has been active in local politics and served on first Birchcliff council in 1972, and again from 1991 – 2001 with the last six years as Mayor. Served as Director of Association of Summer Villages and was granted Honorary Life member. Also served as Director of Summer Villages with Association of Urban Municipalities (AUMA)


In 1991 built a new home on Sylvan Lake and enjoyed 25 years there before moving to their current condo in Sylvan Lake.

Here is What We Know to Be True:

Since the early 1950’s Barry always loved Sylvan Lake spending time there through work and pleasure he had special memories of: the Varsity Dance Hall, the Pier, water-skiing and the big ski jump ; he was proud that he swam in the lake every summer for 66 years! He had a wide range of interests – Golf, Curling, Bridge with “The Ladies”, A competitive game of chess or crib, Volunteering with the S.L. Legion & the Presbyterian Church ( Elder & Board of Managers), Cheers with a fine single malt scotch, Annual family ski vacations, Traveling to Lake Havasu City AZ, Ireland, New Zealand, Hawaii & Fiji with Bunny. But most of all he cherished spending time with his family, friends & an assortment of dogs & cats at ‘The Cabin’ in Birchcliff (established 1964).

“Family was from the beginning, and still is, the most important aspect of my life”

Memorial Donations can be sent to: Alberta Lung Association or The Red Deer Salvation Army

A service will be held at a later date.

Service in charge of the arrangements. Rocky Funeral and Sylvan Lake Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.


Jim and Sue Banting:

Dear Bunny
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Barry was a good friend and mentor while I worked at the church. His advise was always welcome. Jim shared many enjoyable conversation with Barry over the years. He will be missed by all who knew him

Alanna Dextrase:

My sincere condolences Bunny. I can remember the first time I met Barry it was when I was working at CIBC. He always had a smile was always so happy to see you and visit. I will miss that smile in Sylvan.

Dorothy Walton:

My deepest sympathy for Bunny and all the family and friends .

My best Dorothy

Marion Thompson:

Bunny and family -
The timing could not have better for us sharing your pain in the loss of your husband and Father and we just said our final goodbyes to a wonderful wife and Mother. Our hearts are filled with sadness and yet, there is some peace in knowing that the struggles are over and both Barry and Phyllis are safely home in the arms of loved ones who have gone on before.
Sending you so much love.
Marion and Len

Traci Albert:

Was very sad to read of Barry’s passing. Always enjoyed a quick visit with him when we would see each other in town. Many fond memories of our family summers in Birchcliff. He was a good community man & a great family man. My deepest condolences to you Bunny & all your family.

Tom & Elaine Barker:

We've known Barry for many years, not only through the Slaymaker Family but he always seemed to be around Sylvan Lake. He truly loved his cabin & Havasu City. He had a wonderful life filled with good deeds. He will be missed. Bunny & Family stay strong. Barry would want that!

Sharon and Gordon:


Our sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Barry was not only an officer, but also a gentleman and a scholar. He will be missed by all.

Chris Lust:

I didn't know Barry for a long time but he was one of my favourite people. A wonderful sense of humour and stickler for things being done right. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to Bunny and family.

Theresa Pucciarelli:

Kelly and Family,

My heart cries for you and your family. Praying God gives strength to you and family.
In reading how much your Dad loved the cabin on Sylvan Lake, he was present with you
as you were in quarantine. My dear, keep the faith .

Love Terry

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