STRAFFORD, Dr. Barrie I.

Posted: April 28th, 2016


Chairman of the Board of the Brenda Strafford Foundation.

Dr. Barrie I. Strafford passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the age of 87 years.

Barrie Ingram Strafford was born in Manchester, England on September 26, 1928. His early years were academically strong and he competed in swimming and track and field. He also enjoyed tennis, racquetball, golf, crib and flying his own airplane. He competed on an eight-ball pool team with his son and grandson until his passing. After the tragic loss of his wife Brenda, Barrie founded The Brenda Strafford Foundation.

Barrie will be lovingly remembered by his children Miles Strafford (Joni) and daughter Alison (Doug) of Calgary, Roxanne Sissons (Clayton) of Medicine Hat, Sheree Strafford-Bliss (Dan) of Medicine Hat and Lisa Strafford (Vorra) of Calgary; grandchildren, Troy Strafford (Lisa) of Stratford, ON, Joel Vorra (Mollie Oberg) of Calgary and Elizabeth Sissons of Cork, Ireland; great-grandchildren Kennedy and Roman Strafford of Stratford, ON and his best friend Oscar the cat. Barrie was predeceased by the love of his life Brenda in 1974.

Barrie was Director of the Lions Club of Calgary and Medicine Hat; Director and Chairman of the Board of AMA in Medicine Hat; Chairman of the Nursing Home Committee Alberta Hospital Association; Director of the Alberta Hospital Association and President of the Cypress Club in Medicine Hat.

Barrie’s commitment to service has resulted in numerous honours over the years, The Sisserou Award of Honour from People of Dominica; Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree from the U of C; The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; the Alberta Centennial Medal; Honourary Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; The Alberta Order of Excellence; Partner in Health Award (CARNA); Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award-Calgary Awards 2014; The 2016 Humanitarian Award of Friends of Good Shephard International–Jamaica. Barrie also received the highest papal honour available when he was made a Knight of the Order of St. Sylvester by Pope Benedict XVI.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to The Brenda Strafford Foundation, 4628 Montgomery Blvd N.W., Calgary AB T3B 0K7

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

4 Condolences for “STRAFFORD, Dr. Barrie I.”

  1. Leigh Smythe says:

    My thoughts are with you in the loss of your father, Roxanne. Please pass on my sympathies to all of your family.

  2. Margaret Simon (nee McCulloch) says:

    Miles, Joni and families,
    We were so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. Although we did not know him personally, we felt like we did because your Grandmother Gladys shared many a story with our Mom Catherine. Nothing quite prepares you for the very large crater left behind in your heart when you lose your Dad. Sending you big hugs. You are in thoughts and prayers always.

    Margaret Simon (nee McCulloch), Robin and Jean McCulloch XX

  3. Dave & Linda says:

    Sorry to hear about Your Dad Miles. We kind of lost touch for some reason and we only just discovered the sad news. Take Care :-

    Dave & Linda

  4. Dave & Linda says:

    Dear Miles and Joni. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Father Miles. We kind of lost touch with you guys for some reason so we were not aware of the sad news. We read his life story and we have sent emails but I guess they didn’t arrive.

    Take care – Dave & Linda

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