Barry Arseneau

June 8, 1962 - March 9, 2023

Barry was born June 8, 1962 in Clinton, Ontario to a military family. The family - Dad Len, Mother Elizabeth (Babs), brother Brian and sisters Sandra, Susan and Barry finally settled in Moose Jaw in 1973 after living in a variety of locations.

Barry leaves behind two daughters, Chelsea and Riley. Barry had a strained and complicated relationship with his daughters but he loved them and spoke about them with a great deal of pride.

Barry is survived by his wife Tania, her son Brent and Grandson Everett who often referred to him as Grandpa Sugar Bear. Barry and Tania were known to most simply as Bear n Tan. Bear n Tan had an amazing relationship with a love that ran deep. Bear was a very gracious man who expressed his love and gratitude often.

Barry was diagnosed with Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) in 2019 and once he was diagnosed he was forced to retire from a job he loved at Tollifson Cable Service where he worked for more than 30 years. During his time there, he made many friends and built lasting relationships.

After retiring, Bear n Tan took the opportunity to travel and fulfill some 'bucket list' trips while they could. Visiting New York City to see the New York Rangers, New York Mets play as well as the Blue Jays for Tania. While there, they also attended a Billy Joel concert. Travelled to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Destin, Florida to see the white sandy beaches (thanks Angie), Memphis to visit Graceland, Nashville, Toronto to see the Hockey Hall of Fame and of course Las Vegas. During this time he was also able to travel to Nanaimo twice to spend time with his Dad and Doris.

Barry had a passion for sports and played many, but hockey was his favourite! He played for many years and created many great memories on the ice. Barry was a member of the Park Hotel Bullets and while most didn't play hockey any longer, they all maintained the friendships. One of Barry's favourite hockey memories was being an extra in the move Just Friends. Barry was a lifelong New York Rangers fan and also cheered for the New York Mets and the New York Jets. If you knew Barry at all you'd know that he was not a religious man and he would tell you " I don't know if there is a God, but if there is I know it's Brian Leetch".

Barry has requested a Celebration of Life as opposed to a Funeral - think a night out for a few drinks with some great friends.

Please dress comfortable, formal is not required nor desired.

The Celebration will be held at the Timothy Eaton Gardens Centre in the 'XYZ Lounge, April 6 2023 at 6:00 PM. This will be licensed and a light supper of pulled pork and beef on a bun will be available.