My Heart goes out first and foremost to the Marchand family, but also to all who were touched by Barry's HUGE presents in their lives. (almost too many to imagine.)
My apologies for waiting so long to post as there are so many memories of my former Teacher, Coach, Teammate, Boss, Community Father and Friend; that it is hard to single out highlights.
As requested; I would like to share two memories in particular that have always made me extremely fortunate to have been part of Barry's time here with us. Some might relate to the first as an unforgotten memory, but the second is personal to me:
1) As a youth, (talkin' the 80's here playing Beaver's) Barry would often be driving us to ballgames in St. Peter's, River Bourgois and the like. Besides the baseball, on every trip I remember in that old blue Volvo, he would always test to see if he could put that car in neutral approaching the last overpass into Louisdale, coast, and roll to a perfect stop at the exit to Isle Madame. I can't seem to recall if he was ever successful, but knowing Barry, the goal was accomplished at some point. This was just something quirky that always stuck out for me and may for others.
2) My first year on the Men's Red Caps, I was a catcher... there were many pass balls... Barry's remedy to the situation one day was to hold me back after practice, just he at the plate with a 5 gallon bucket of old balls and me against the big blue concrete backstop in full catching gear. "Block a bucket and you get to go home" he claimed. "By the way" he mentioned, "give me your glove..." I can't recall if I actually blocked a full bucket that day or not, but that's irrelevant compared to the lesson it carried with me for years on many levels.
Rest well Barry,
(my gut tells me its somewhere between the clubhouse and the mound)
Not all heroes wear capes, but most wear uniforms. One of mine wore a Red Cap one with #41 on it. Barry touched my life in ways I can't describe. He was super human to me in many ways. We shared a bond with the ballfield I will not soon forget. I somehow think he will still yell at me I'm screening or cutting the field wrong for years in the future.....
A la famille, vous savez que notre amour est la pour toute de vous.
Warren Cindy Amber et Chloe
Dear Brian, I am so very sorry to learn about the loss of your father. He along with your mother raised an incredible son with integrity, compassion, kindness and a strong work ethic. I am sure these are just some of the qualities your father also possessed. I am thinking of you and your family during this sad time. Take care. - Sarah Gillis (Group 10 LDP)
To the Marchand family, sorry to hear about your loss. May you cherish all the great memories that you have of him. People have written such wonderful stories for you all to cherish along with your own memories!
Hugs Joyce Landry Clarke
À Louise,et la familles . Nous Somme’s attristé par la perte que vous
et votre famille avez rencontrée. Que nos condoléances vous réconfortent
et que nos prières soulagent la douleur de cette perte.
For those of you who may not know, Barry chose to wear #41 jersey with the RedCaps as Tom Seaver was his favorite player. It seemed fitting that during the Mets and RedSox ballgame this past week, the Mets players were wearing a patch with the #41 on their sleeve in memory of their pitcher. Barry had the most beautiful tribute on the ball field the night of his passing. His tremendous contribution to the RABA, the RedCaps team and the PDG ballfield will long remain.
When I first started playing in the RABA I looked up to Barry. The first chance I had, I chose to wear #16 with the RedCaps as this was the # Barry wore when playing with the Louisdale Baracos. I had such respect for him as a ball player, a coach, a manager, a teammate but most of all I respected the person he was. In 2019, against all odds, the RedCaps won the RABA championship. With each game played, we had Barry on our minds and wanted to make him proud. He was certainly proud that day as was the team. We did not know at the time that this would be a final and very fitting tribute.
Barry and I have probably played the most games together than any other combination of two players in the league history. We played for so many decades together in the RABA league that his son Brian, my 3 sons, his son in law Don and his grandson Laurier would all play on our RedCaps team. I am certain that one of Barry's prouder moments was when his grandson Laurier joined the team.
I am extremely proud and blessed to have shared so many wonderful baseball and life memories with Barry. You will be forever missed. RIP # 41.
Our deepest condolences to the family. We share in your sorrow.
Richard, Simone & family
Louise and all the family
Sending our deepest condolences to all of you at this difficult time. He has certainly left a legacy for all of you to cherish. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Bernice and Roy jeffrey
Louise and family we are saddened to hear about the passing of Barry. The obituary captured Barry’s journey through life from the eyes of those closest to him. We smiled as we read some of the stories which we have heard and witnessed. We have known Barry as a gifted teacher and colleague as well as a talented athlete. Barry was never afraid to put in the time to make things right for his students, his fellow teammates, his community or friends. Louise, many times we sat around your table when we had our physical education meetings and can remember Barry telling us to watch out for the bones in your rabbit pie. Those were great gatherings with close friends and great food.
My first encounter with Barry was when I played basketball against him in high school. Barry before the game would go to the sideline and practice shooting from the corner. He would get so many balls in the basket that it would freak the rest of us out and we knew we were in for a tough game. And then I met him on the ice playing hockey. Again he scared us with this talent and we were amaze that he would stand at one end of the rink and take a slap shot and put it over the net at the other end. Barry was our local “Bobby Orr” on the ice. Always in control of the game and could put the puck in the net from any angle.
While playing with the Royals senior ball team we watched in anticipation when he came to bat to see how far he would hit the ball out of the park. When playing center field he made it look so easy and was able to run town many fly balls because he was already moving to the right or left because of the position of the ball going over the plate being delivered to the batter.
Barry as an athlete was gifted in so many ways but his greatest gift was his gift of giving back to others. Be it his students, teammates, community, friends and of course his family. He will be missed by all. Nancy and I will hold you in our prayers and thoughts at this difficult time.
Marc and Nancy Stone
Louise and family
Very sad to hear of Barry ‘s passing . Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. May all the happy memories that was shared through the years help you though this difficult time .
Marcia and Gary Samson
My deepest sympathy & condolences to the family.
To the Marchand Family
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of Island Employment Assn. I want to express our sincere condolence to you Josette and your family at this time of loss.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in the day ahead. Stay strong and support each other. Dwell on all the wonderful memories you have of happy times .
Murdoch Moore, Board Chair
I am saddened to learn of Barry's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. I first met Barry as a sports reporter for The Scotia Sun and living in Louisdale at the time. In later years, when I was the coach of the Inverness Ravens, he and the Red Caps were formidable opponents...intentionally walking him was always an option! And in my time as an umpire, Barry had a voice and a knack for getting in my ear, though never to the point where I ha to eject him. Off the ball field, he was just one of those good guys that you liked to meet anywhere. RIP Barry.
Another beauty gone way too early, sincere condolences to the family. I am proud to say I was his 100th strikeout victim one summer in the RABA. A fantastic athlete and all around great guy, he will be missed.
Louise et famille, j'ai vu dans le journal hier que la mort de Barry. Je veux dire à la famille Marchand que je pense à vous. Je sais que c'est un temps difficile pour la famille et je vous souhaite la paix. (Hank Middleton)
THIS IS FROM LEO LANDRY
I taught school with Barry most of my teaching career. Barry was a great teacher, leader and mentor to many. I watched him coach school teams, and at times, I would accompany him to games.
I didn't play baseball, but I umpired for more then 18 years, and I swear that # 41 was the best baseball player ever!!
We played hockey together, and I enjoyed every minute!! We also played pool at the Legion, that he organized for a number of years.
Barry excelled at every sport he played, and he was a pillar in his community, JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE BALLFIELD!!!
But one of my most precious memory was in the middle of a school week, we decided to go see a hockey game in Halifax, an exhibition game between the Montreal Canadians and Boston Bruins.
When we got to the Canso Causeway, we heard on the radio, that there was no more tickets, GAME SOLD OUT!!!
Did we turn around and go back home? NO!!!
" Just 3 more hours to drive " he said, don't worry, well find some tickets!!
When we got there, the game was about to start, when a distant from us, somebody hollered, " two tickets for sale". With his deep voice, Barry hollered,
" DON'T SELL THOSE TICKETS "
It was Barry's cousin who was selling those tickets!! What a stroke of luck, they were front row seats!!
After the game, we drove back come, and arrived around 4:00 in the morning, and back at school that same day!! That was quite the adventure!!
Rest in peace, my dear friend!! You will be missed!
Nos sincères sympathies à Louise, Josette, Brian, Claudia et toute la famille!!
Dear Louise, family and friends...my heart is with you as you travel through the grieving journey. Lean on each other and share your precious memories, as these are priceless. Love and blessings to all. Soar high, Barry!
Louise, les enfants et la famille, je veux tout d’abord vous offrir mes sinceres condolences lors cette triste occasion du deces de Barry. Barry and I grew up as kids in the land of the BARACOS, Louisdale. There are three things that have remained with me to this day regarding our relationship as kids and as educators. The first was at the age of 10. Barry and I had some sort of disagreement (forgot the details), and I ended up with a bloody nose. I guess we could add another athletic talent (boxer) to that long list. Lesson learned: don’t mess with Barry! In spite of this little altercation, Barry and I became very good friends and colleagues. The second was as principal at the Petit Grat school from 1979-88. Barry was the (gym) teacher. I recall the many times when we as a teaching staff gathered after school to discuss a student who was struggling. We all tried to come up with a solution to help that student, What was remarkable to see was how Barry would calmly share his observations of that student and suggest what we needed to consider in order to find an appropriate solution. Barry’s insights into each one of his students and his love for them were some of his greatest gifts as an educator and as a person. Lesson learned: Love can find solutions to many challenges! Barry knew where to look. The third thing, We were married on the same day ( September 4th, 1971). and coincidentally stayed at the same motel that night. Lol.
My prayers are with you my friend. Blessings on the family.
Louise and Families. We are so sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories of Barry give your comfort. With sincere sympathy and prayers.
Louise, Brian and family:
I was saddened to hear of Barry's passing, but the news stirred many fond memories. The last time I saw Barry was at the Strait Hospital two summers ago when he was carrying the physical burdens of a much older person. This struck me as odd because during my growing-up years Barry was the stuff of myth: he was the one one who had hit the ball over the church from our "baseball field" near the old cemetery, and the true test of being a baseball player was, at first, measured by being able to catch Barry's fastball, then coming close to hitting it.
I wasn't surprised to hear that Barry was so dedicated to community betterment. Every year, it seemed he would keep us in suspense wondering if he was going to play for Louisdale or Petit-de-Grat, two communities he loved. I will always remember how he could electrify a crowd, and cherish sharing the brotherhood of a baseball team with him.
My prayers are with you!
Louise & Family, Richard, Debbie & Family
To All who had the pleasure of working, playing baseball & friend to Barry.
We send you all our sincere condolences for your great loss.
We had not seen Barry for many years after moving to Ontario. When we were able to come home, we always enjoyed watching him play ball either in Louisdale or PDG.
The summer before last when I was at the Strait Richmond Hospital with my sister in law & brother Gary, I got the chance to talk with Louise as I walked the halls. Gary & I we’re later standing outside when Louise & Barry came out. Louise had to go get the car, so Gary & I we’re chatting with Barry. He was telling us how difficult it was to sit for hours having his dialysis & how weak & tired it made him after. We reminisced for a bit as he leaned against the wall. When Louise arrived with the car, he began to try to walk to the door of the car. He was very unsteady, so Gary & I helped him.
It was very difficult to see what this illness was doing to him as he had always been such a strong athlete for so many years.
We wished him well & i told him we would pray for him.
Barry, your pain is no more. Fly with the angels as you have earned your wings.
Thoughts and prayers going out to you all today & in the days to come.
Peter & Linda Samson
1 Gordon’s Creek Crt.
Felix(Toy Cannon) Sampson
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Barry. It was a privilege to play with and experience the talent of probably the greatest athlete to come out of Richmond County. I think back as a 16 year old rookie to my first game catching the flame throwing Barry Marchand. A rookie mistake not to have considered extra hand protection in the catcher’s mitt resulted in a catching hand that almost doubled in size from the swelling.
So nice to read about his contributions to family and community. I will continue to pray for the repose of his soul. Rest well my friend.
Sorry to learn of Barry's passing. I pitched Senior Baseball for 14 years and Barry was definitely on the top of my personal list of all time baseball players.
Keith, Yarmouth Gateways
My Condolence to Barry's Families & Friends , I'm sure Barry will be missed by many. I recall many times when Barry was very young he joined our baseball team in his parents field across from Mary Felixes house and when it began to grow dark Barry's Dad Francis would yell Barry it's time to come in, that call was like a huge punishment, Barry could have stayed out all night and still would see the ball in the dark. It's too bad he had to go but, I'm sure God had plans for him up above & he's with his Mom & Dad now. To the families, May all Barry's precious moments you all shared with him, give you all the strength you need to get through this difficult time .. R.I.P. Barry You earned your Golden Wings !
Mes condoléances à la famille Marchand. Vous avez peint un beau portrait de votre père dans cette nécrologie.
Notre belle-fille, Huguette Samson-Bouchard, nous a informé du décès de Barry et Jean-Claude et moi offrons nos plus sincères condoléances à Louise et ses enfants: Josette, Brian et Claudia. La perte d'un père est toujours quelque chose de douloureux mes les bons souvenirs que l'on en garde sont toujours réconfortants. Nos pensées sont avec vous et la belle communauté de Petit-de-Grat.
Francine et Jean-Claude Bouchard.
Our deepest condolences to the entire Marchand family.
Wade & Gabrielle Cornell
So sorry to hear about Barry's passing! He was a tremendous person.He was always there to lend a helping hand if needed. He surely will be missed by a lot of people.My condolences to Louise, Josette,Claudia and Brian. Just remember all the special moments that you guys had with him and I'm sure He will always be around you at some point. Big Hugs to all of you.Take care and stay safe.xoxo
Louise and family. So sorry to hear of Barry's passing. Got to know Louise and Barry well during our education year at X during the early 70s and many a lunch we shared at noontime. ...Louise, you were a great friend to have as we struggled through some of our classes .But we survived We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times. And to Barry's children , you had a father to be proud of.
Josette,Brian & Claudia: I remember your Dad sitting in front of me in high school(grade 11 or 12) . Barry took me aside and wanted to know if I thought Louise would go on a date with him. This he asked knowing what good friends your mom and I were. He was so gauche when he asked what his approach should be and what he could say to ensure she would date him. My advice was to follow his heart but I could see him literally vibrate and I'm sure I could hear his knees knocking as he approached her. The confident man he became was as a result of their love story. He was taken too early but his memories will forever be in your hearts.
Take care of each other and your mom through these difficult times. My heart goes out to each of you. Claire MacGrath
Chers Josette, Brian et Claudia,
C’est avec grande tristesse que nous avons appris du décès de Barry. Sachez qu’en ces temps difficiles, nous pensons à vous et nous vous offrons nos souhaits de condoléance les plus sincères.
Louise and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. He was an exceptional man who touched the hearts of many. He will always be remembered for his extensive contributions to his community and young athletes in the area. In time, may you find peace in the great memories you have built together as a family. God bless you all!
Therese & Valma Boudreau
So sorry to hear of Barry”s passing. Sending condolences from our family to yours.
Our deepest condolences to the Marchand Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Barry, you will always be remembered in Petit De Grat for your contribution to Education, Baseball and Community. Your Legacy will live on forever.
Dearest Louise, Brian,Claudia, Josette & Family:
Wanting to extend our most sincere sympathy over Barry's passing. We know that he will be greatly missed and oh all the wonderful memories you have to cherish. He certainly had a long hard struggle and was truly blessed to have such a loving wonderful wife and family by his side. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time, and yes he fixed our TV also with no hesitation. Hugs to all of you .
Louise, Josette, Brian and Claudia, my sincere and heartfelt condolences for the lost of your beloved husband, dad, friend...Barry will live on in your hearts.
À la famille de Barry,
Mes plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille de Barry!
Mes prières vous accompagnent en ce temps de deuil et de séparation!
Que Dieu soit votre force et votre soutien.
Having been involved in baseball in Richmond County from the 1970s to the 1990s I can attest to all the accolades written here concerning Barry's baseball prowess. However, having served for a number of years on the Board of Directors for Baseball Nova Scotia, I can bear witness that Barry's baseball talents and feats were recognized throughout Nova Scotia. The fact that he continued to play the game at such a high level as he got older was a testament to both his ability and his commitment to succeed.
While just about everyone in the local area knew about Barry the athlete, it was great to read about Barry the family man and community person. When someone is so dominant in one area of his life we tend to overlook their other attributes. While he no doubt was justifiably proud of his accomplishments as an athlete, it is clear that he cherished his role as a husband, father, teacher, and community member. My sincere condolences to Louise and the Marchand family. We often use the phrase "gone, but not forgotten" to refer to deceased individuals, but in Barry's case for years to come that will have relevancy far and wide.
Our condolences to all your loved ones. Barry was a great athlete. Several years ago at an Expos game in Montreal with Vernon he probably established a Major League Baseball record that still stands
He caught a foul ball in his beer glass ( still half full ) WHICH WAS UNDER HIS SEAT .. in recognition of this feat Youppi the mascot authographed the ball. Quit the athlete. Something to brag about upstairs with his friends.
RIP dear cousin
Tom and Nicole Cormier. montreal
Sending heartfelt condolences to the family. God Bless. Barbara and Rodger Chinn.
Deep sympathies and sincere condolences to all of Barry's family & friends.
Sent with an abundance of LOVE and PRAYERS!
from: The Gotell Family
Dear Louise and Family,
Sending all of you our most sincere condolences during this difficult time.
Joey, Krista, Emily, Ben, Rafe and Wyatt
Helen and I offer our sincerest condolences to Barry's family. As a teacher, a coach, and a community leader, Barry made a positive impact on the lives of many people. That's a life well lived.
Wayne and Helen Forster
My heart felt condolences Louise, Jossette, Brian, and Claudia. Barry had an exceptional athletic ability as a young ball player in the R.A.B A he didn't set the Bar, he was the bar. As a child you always imagined imitating your favorite baseball player and for me at times it was Barry. He made baseball in Richmond exciting and he could put on a show. Depending where you lived in Richmond or with team you played for you loved him, or loved to hate him but know matter what you respected him. Rest easy and thank you for being a part of my life and changing the lives of other I can imagine you building your field of dreams in the sky but thanks for the field you left behind from this day forward I will refer to the baseball field in PDG as theBarry Marchand Memorial Baseball Field
Cameron, Lucille, Alissa, and Joshua Landry
Louise, Josette, Brian, Claudia and Family ,and Red Cap Family .. please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear loved one Barry.. he certainly is an Icon that will be sorely missed .. he was our go To back in the years of the card era for our television programming .. and anytime anyone was at the Ball field you can be sure that you would see Barry there either taking care of the infield and getting it ready for a game or something else .. our thoughts and prayers are with you all.. RIP Barry .. Don and Darlene Martell and Family
Sending heart felt condolences to the Marchand family. Thanks to him we always enjoyed our baseball games day or night. I’ll never forget all the dances we did in Gym class and how he would push me to do the gymnastic stuff even if I said I couldn’t do it. He was a terrific baseball player, tough but fun gym teacher and could easily tell he loved his family
My deepest condolences, I didn't know your dad but I feel like I do now. That is the most beautiful obituary I have ever read, most are just factual but this one was written like a story of his life and I could really feel the love as I was reading it. What a lucky man he was to have someone who understood him so well. And how blessed you all were to have such a loving, happy and positive role model throughout life. I've taken my grandson to see Lundgrigan lights but I never knew how the idea evolved, thanks for sharing this beautiful love story... may God bless you all and give you the strength you need to get through these heart breaking times.
My sincere condolences to my cousin Barry’s family..Louise, Josette, Brian Claudia and their families. Wonderful family man, teacher, coach, friend but most of all father. “Family” one of the traits our Grandparents instilled in their children and grandchildren. I remember Barry getting mad at my Uncle Francis when he chased me around our Grandmothers kitchen with a freshly caught lobster. He told me to hide behind our Grandmother because he knew she would stick up for me. The love of baseball ran through the hearts of our family - my Mom loved watching the game and although she did love her Montreal Expos, she would not miss her beloved Toronto Blue Jays. Three of my 5 children were incredible ball players and it was great at times to reminisce with Josette through Facebook on our love for the game.
Sleep peacefully dear cousin you will be missed. Sending love to our Cape Breton family from Whitby, Ontario.
Gail (Marchand), Dan, Matt (Maia), Marc (Meredith), Alexandra, Nicholas (Raelene), Alanna & our babies Myla & Ellie Stanoev
Je vous offre mes plus sincères condoléances. Bon courage et je vous souhaite de puiser vos forces dans tous vos beaux et précieux souvenirs.
Dear Louise and Family, so sorry for your loss.
Barry was loved by his students. He was so kind!
Sending heartfelt prayers and sympathy.♥️xoxo
As a young adult / teenager , we are all guilty of the same thing , taking things for granted , whether it's our parents, what we have in our lives , the community we live in , or the community leaders that surround us . It's only when you grow older you realize the sacrifices made by the individuals that have shaped you as a person & have shaped your community . How easy was it for all of us as young baseball players to simply show up to play on the best ball field in our province , because it was always ready for anyone to play on it. One of my most recent cherished moments , was having Barry drive up to our small field last summer & spend 30 mins with me , while sitting in his car . He acknowledged my work on the small field & told me how proud he was of me for doing what I was doing for young ball players in our community . To have this man speak those words to me , is & always will be one of the proudest & most cherished moments in my life !!! . After all the baseball arguments & we all know there were many :) , I got the chance to tell him that I took everything he did for us for granted , but I now realized the sacrifices he made for all of us . I am so thankful I had this time with him. I was recently interviewed by CBC radio's Steve Sutherland & one of the questions he asked me was " What's a hidden gem in your community ? " & my response was very easy , I said our baseball field in PDG. The only thing is , it's not hidden !! , it's right there in plain sight , in the heart of our community , for everyone to see , use & enjoy & we all know it's the gem that it is because of Barry Marchand. Rest easy & know we will all do our part to maintain what you left us . If you feel Warren is doing something wrong , please let us know somehow :)
My condolences to Barry's entire family & to the Petit De Grat Red Caps organization ... God Bless you all !!!
Shawn, Carrie, Connor & Rylan
Elaine and Daniel Sicard
To all the family we send our sincerest condolence on the passing of Barry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to one and all.
Our community certainly lost a legend way too soon. I smile at his obituary which reminds me of the times he fixed our satellite to watch our beloved Habs. We all know he was the greatest baseball talent of our generation and batting Bruce after him made it very easy for us to pitch around him many times. To think of all his skill with a wooden bat that most of us can’t even lift. We all have so many memories to cherish and many of the ones I’ll remember most happened before games given it was such a privilege to stop by to help him get the field ready and enjoy many laughs. I wish I could hear him call my brother Barren a quiff one more time :). Another of my special childhood memories was our after school floor hockey league which would never have been a reality without Barry. My sincere condolences to your families and The Red Caps organization. A special thank you for sharing him with all of us. RIP Marchand :(
Our sincere condolences to family and friends may he rest in peace
Louise, children and Family
Our sincere condolences on the passing of Barry.
Our prayers are with you at this very sad time in your lives.
Louise, Brian, Josette, Claudia, and families. Our sincere condolences for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you & your family during this difficult time ❤️
Deepest sympathies Louise, family and extended families. May he RIP and may God give you strength as you carry on in life’s earthly journey without him.
Sincere condolences to all of Barry’s family and friends. He was a Nova Scotia baseball legend. I remember watching him play for the St Peter’s Royals in a doubleheader against Halifax at the RB field. He played with an incredible confidence and swagger. If I recall correctly (it was 35 years ago or so), he had 3 towering HR’s and 10 RBI’s. And he pitched as well and I don’t think any two pitches were the same speed! As a young and impressionable ball player, I will never forget that performance.
Rest In Peace.
I have such fond memories of Barry that I will always cherish. He was always so good to me. I remember so many great times from when he would stay after teaching all day for us kids to play floor hockey to him always being there to help me with my satellite dish to great times on the baseball field. We even had a few friendly bets on certain hockey games to where I would always tell him he still owed me 50 bucks where he saw it otherwise and we would laugh about it and I would always bring it up every time I saw him. His reaction always made me laugh. I would tell him he had like a .150 average against me and he would always say yeah your brother would have to run 400 feet to catch the ball.
I also remember him playing with us one year in the festival that is something that was so special to all of us.
There were also so many times where he was always working on the field to make it the best place for all of us to play. Loved going down to help him at times as we always had great conversations and was a treat for us.
Our community lost one of our absolute best and made us all very sad as he was like a father figure to so many.
He was such a strong and caring man and respected by so many.
To Brian, Josette, Claudia, Louise and the entire family my sincere condolences to you all.
He was a big part of why the way we all grew up we would never change. A true legend and will never be forgotten.
Truly wish I could be home and down on the field to show my respect.
May he now lay at rest and in peace.
To the Marchand family, please accept my deepest condolences on Barry’s passing. The obituary is very fitting, I did not know him as a father but I did know him as a teacher. I was never very athletic and the fact that I was blind in one eye always hindered my ability and I was very quick to use that as an excuse, your father would have none of that. He would always push me, telling me that I could do it and not to allow what I believe to be a disadvantage stop me from achieving what I wanted, he would never let me give up. I did not always like him pushing me and argued with him on many occasions, but I always achieved what I set out to accomplish. He would then wink at me and say, I knew you could do it “chocolate”. I will forever be grateful for his persistence/nagging to push me to be my best. In later years I knew him as a man, who loved his community, his church and his baseball field. Many nights dad and I sat upstairs in his bedroom and watched Barry work tirelessly and alone on that field for hours and hours, mowing, grating, putting the lines down for the game the next day. He may have been from Louisdale but he certainly left his legacy on our tiny village. Please take comfort in knowing that he was loved and respected by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Amelia Landry, Woodstock NB
I was so saddened to hear of Barry passing, my condolences to Louise, Josette, Brian, Claudia & Family & extended family.
He will be remembered by all lives he touched! Always in your HEART. May you find comfort in one another at this very difficult time. Sending God’s blessing & love to the family!
RIP. Barry Marchand & fly with the ANGELS!
Adieu, until we meet again.......Amelia
My condolences to the whole family. RIP Coach. Great ball player and coach, but a even better man.
My deepest sympathies to all the family ❤️
Our sincere condolences to Louise and family. Treasure your memories ❤️ Take care of each other in these difficult times . Rest In Peace Barry
Cory, Tania & family
Barry was a legend in the gym and on the field. His commitment to community inspired many, as did his love for family. We extend our most sincere condolences in this great loss and pray you find comfort in memories.
Lois & David Burns
Knowing his family for some 50 years, we are very troubled to hear of Barry's death. Our profound condolences. Wishing we could travel out of the Halifax area to be with you all in Louisdale & Isle Madame. - John & Connie DeRoche
Chère Louise et famille,
We are deeply saddened at the passing of Barry and extend our very deepest condolences. His obituary was so fitting and though many of us knew him through sports, we know he was so much more than that to his family.
For most young boys growing up in Petit de Grat, baseball was the glue that created memories that we will cherish forever. And, the magnet that motivated us to not only play but compete fiercely was Barry. He was the driving force, amongst others, who provided us with an immaculate playing field while ensuring a community rivalry beyond description. His quick wit, passion, athleticism and raw talent on the field were revered and appreciated by all who knew him. It was a pleasure to have known him, a treat to compete against him and a privilege to have played one game alongside him as a teammate !
Rest in peace, Barry !
Sending my deepest condolences to Louise, Josette, Claudia, Brian and family. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.
Nos pensées sont avec vous tous pendant cette période difficile. Barry était un pilier de la communauté et son décès est une grande perte. Sachez que nous avons tous le cœur lourd.
Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Barry was a pillar in the community and his passing is a great loss. Know that we all have heavy hearts.