Lowe, Norman Barry (June 11, 1940 to July 6, 2017) – It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Barry Lowe. Beloved husband and partner of Judy Currier for 29 years, Barry died at the Hamilton General Hospital on July 6, 2017 after a long battle with ALS. Barry is survived by his children Gordon Lowe and his wife Tammy and his daughter Brenda Lowe, as well as stepchildren Susan Currier and Andy Currier and his wife Loana. He will also be truly missed by the joys of his life – grandchildren Quinton, Mason, Sierra and Hailey. Missing Barry and his great piano playing are sister Barbara Schlegel (husband Wayne), sister-in-law Marney MacInnes (husband Ron), brother-in-laws Norman Proud, David Proud (wife Peggy), and Peter (wife Mary), as well as cousins Phil and Peter Freeland, and many others. He is predeceased by his mother Doris (nee Tuck) and father Norman Lowe. Barry was a dedicated and involved member of the Hamilton Wentworth area for his entire life. Barry served 39 years as deputy area director of Legal Aid of Ontario. Barry’s legal career started in 1959 as a filing clerk at Hamilton’s Supreme and County courts. In 1967 when Ontario Legal Aid was created, Frank Weatherston, Hamilton’s first area director of Legal Aid hired Barry as his deputy area director. Over his career Barry’s responsibilities expanded to include management of Simcoe and Hagersville offices. During his long and distinguished career, Barry was well liked and respected. Barry’s community involvement over the years included Hamilton Planning Board, Regional Land Division Committee, Hamilton Press Club, the Kinsman Club, the Sertoma Club, the MacKenzie King Club among others. Hobbies included curling, carpentry, playing bridge, and following the Toronto Blue Jays. Barry and his family would like to thank his neighbors and many friends for their support, as well as the staff of the Burn Unit of the Hamilton General Hospital for their wonderful care and friendship during his long illness. The funeral service, followed by a celebration of life reception, will be held at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street in Dundas, Ontario on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the ALS Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
My love and support to you who have loved and cared for Barry and he is now at peace. My prayers to you all. Win
Thoughts and prayers are coming your way from Arizona.
I am sorry I can not be there with you but am sending love and light to all who loved Barry
as much as I did. He will be missed by many .
Barb and husband Wayne.
I have many fond and happy memories of Barry. I remember a time at my house during a party when he took the family piano apart and created a honkytonk sound by putting thumb tacks on the hammers– the old piano never sounded so good after Barry got through with it.
Lynn Kelly and family.
July 7, 2017
When I first came to Hamilton from Branford in 1985,Barry went out of his way to assist me in orientation and professional issues
His dedication to the Hamilton legal community and many of its institutions was almost without peer
We would all ben fit to follow his example
Needless to say, Barry was the father of my children and I and George send our condolences.
Marion and George
Judy, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved partner Barry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
We have been so lucky to have you and Barry as our next door neighbours all these years. There has been many a cold, winter day when Barry came over to our driveway with his snow blower to tackle that great mound at the end after the plow went by. We watched as your property became transformed, the result of all the hard work and obvious pleasure the two of you brought to it.
Barry will be missed by so many for his kindnesses and his wonderful attitude. He is definitely a man worth celebrating. You and your family are in our hearts.
Jan and Mike Burke-Gaffney
Barry was a remarkable man. Filled to the brim with good humour and wit. It was not possible to spend more than 10 minutes in his company before conversation became punctuated with laughter. He was a good friend. Sixteen years after retirement his name is mentioned still when legal aid is being debated over a pint in the pub at day’s end. He is remembered fondly by all who knew him in the legal community. I regret not being able to attend his celebration of life. I will be in court in Oshawa that day. My deepest condolences to Judy and all those who loved Barry.
I am very sad to hear about Barry’s passing. He was a great friend to my parents. He will be missed.
I also had the opportunity to work for Barry 30 years ago and I was thankful for that time.
So sorry for your loss Judy.
I’m very sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. He was a good friend to the criminal defense bar in Hamilton, and was a leader in the delivery of Legal Aid services to indigent persons in this area. He’s helped more people in his career than can ever be counted; that’s a pretty cool legacy. My condolences to his family.
We are thinking of you all in this difficult time, and sending heartfelt condolonces, loving hugs, and our prayers May many wonderful memories bring you peace.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
My sincere condolences to Barry’s family at this very sad time.
Working for Barry for 30 years was great fun. My sincere condolences to Judy and the family.
I am very sad to learn of Barry’s passing. He and I worked in the same office building for many years and exchanged many “good mornings” and meetings over the years. What a pleasure it was to have known him…always a smile and a positive attitude in all our interactions. My sincere condolences to all of Barry’s family.
Judy, I’m so sorry to hear this sad news about Barry, we worked together in the Simcoe office for many years and although retirement caused us to lose touch I would often think of Barry and all the wonderful talks we had over the years sharing family adventures. He was a friend to everyone he met.
Claudia and Rick Goodyear
Sorry that I wasn’t able to attend the celebration of life today but my thoughts were with you Judy. Barry was a wonderful, gentle man in every sense and will be missed.
I’ll miss Barry my buddy talking about the blue Jay’s and shooting the breeze. Mark Comisky environmental aide in the BTU.