In Loving Memory Of

Barney McNally


August 31, 1938 - August 22, 2012

 

Barney McNally, longtime resident of Grande Prairie, passed away at the QEII Hospital on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the age of 73 years. Barney was born August 31, 1938 in Bezanson, Alberta. Barney will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife of 52 years Kay (nee Rycroft); children Jane (Len Gammon), Travis and Lynn, Gina (Joe Rode); grandchildren Colton Rode (Raine), Leigha Rode; sister Winnie (Gordon Boan); mother in-law Pearl McLaughlin; niece Hazel Garcia, and very many family and friends. Barney is predeceased by his father Peter and mother Mary, brothers: Steve, Terrance, Bob, Andy and sister Dorothy Allen. Barney’s love for horses probably started when he was riding his pony to school at Bezanson. At seventeen, he started working for Oilund’s Construction on a gravel crushing machine. For many years, he worked in the bush south of Grande Prairie, logging. First driving a cat and then a skidder for Lawrence Hennigar and Wayne Hatch. He worked in Grande Prairie at the Gulf Service Station for 9 years. The staff there were like family. The Kleskun Lake Grazing Reserve was his next job, with lots of hard work, and good times, but he never did learn to like sheep. His last job was grounds manager at Evergreen Park, and he truly loved this place. In 1991, he was first diagnosed with cancer, and this proved to be a 10 year battle. Throughout the years, he enjoyed rodeos, driving pony carts and pony chucks, even racing at the Teepee Creek rodeo was loads of fun. Playing softball, golfing, bonspieling (he was a pro), playing guitar, and singing were some of the things he enjoyed. Lung disease proved to be a battle he could not win, although he put up a courageous fight! Everyone is welcomed for a celebration of life to be held at Clarkson Hall (Evergreen Park) on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 2:00pm. The family of Barney would like to acknowledge and thank the EMS crews, Trauma Unit at the Grande Prairie ER, ICU staff, and Dr. Stanley Muwonge for their care and compassion in our time of need. If you so wish, memorial donations may be made to P.A.R.D.S (RR 1 Site 24 Box 2 Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z8).

 

Auntie Kay and family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time we now know uncle Barneys pain and suffering are now over and he now meets with his parent and sibbling that have left before him. God Bless You All

posted by Harvey/Alvera Schmitke, Edmonton Alberta : Aug 23, 2012

 

Dear Kay and family: Our deepest sympathy. I remember Barney at the Teepee Creek Stampede and his skill for announcing.

posted by Phyllis Stone, Sherwood Park, Alberta : Aug 24, 2012

 

Gina and families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these most difficult times. My sincerest condolences on the passing of your husband, father, and grandfather.

posted by Leanne Beaupre, : Aug 23, 2012

 

So sorry to learn of Barneys passing. Huge hugs to all of you... "remembering the past makes hoping for the future possible".... ...sincerely, Andy and Marianne

posted by Marianne and Andy, Grande Prairie : Aug 24, 2012

 

My sympathy is with you and your family. Barney is a good friend.

posted by Dennis Grant, Grande Prairie : Aug 27, 2012

 

Hi Kay and Family,so sorry to hear about Barney's passing.Please accept Deloris's and my deepest sympathy.

posted by George Badger, Lacombe, AB : Aug 26, 2012

 

Hi Auntie Kay... I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Barney. He will be deeply missed by everyone... I'm sorry I couldn't be at the service yesterday, but my thoughts and prayers were with you all. Please give my condolences to Jane, Gina and Travis... And especially to you Auntie Kay. Love to you all, Gina.

posted by Gina Rigler, Edmonton, AB : Aug 28, 2012


 

 

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