Barry Sandboe

Obituary of Barry Ross Sandboe

Barry Sandboe, a long-time resident of Beaverlodge, Alberta passed away suddenly with family by his side on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Grande Prairie, Alberta at the age of 63 years. Barry was born on December 23, 1954 to Lloyd and Alvina Sandboe. He was the second eldest child following sister Brenda, along with his younger siblings Marilyn, Terry and Debbie. The Sandboe family briefly lived in Grande Prairie before moving to La Glace and finally settling down in Valhalla in 1966. Barry attended school in Valhalla for most of his education, although he may not have been a dedicated scholar, he persevered in specific subjects and physical education was one of them. As a young boy Barry was known to have had a temper. He would become frustrated and mad over a certain matter and go stomping down a beaten path alongside the field, with his mother hollering at him, “You just wait until your father gets home!” Once Lloyd would get home he would go out and fetch Barry and they would both come home in good spirits and everything would be ok again. Barry had a love for animals and growing up they had a dog and a horse, but decided he wanted to try mutton busting. Being the wild child that he was, he gathered his siblings and snuck over to the neighbors where they had sheep and they would chase and ride the sheep while the neighbors were away. Once the neighbors got home they could never figure out why their sheep were always laid out and exhausted. Barry and his siblings enjoyed finding mischief and would wait until their parents left them at home alone. Once they were gone the kids would all pile into the other vehicle and drive into town, even though none of them were of age to own a Driver’s License, and go to the local store for some candies and then hurry home before their parents got back. You could say Barry was full of life from the very beginning, he always knew how to start the fun. Once Barry graduated from school he started working for Bechtel Services and was a part of the crew that helped build the Weyerhauser Mill. The Friday they had finished building the mill, Barry had applied for a job at the mill and began work there the following Monday. Barry was an ambitious worker at the mill and his career began on July 3, 1973. Through his 45 years at Grande Prairie, Barry remained engaged and dedicated as a team member on the weld team, engineering, and most recently as Chief Inspector on the reliability team. Barry’s strong work ethic and commitment, caring demeanor and positive attitude made him a wonderful person to work with and he will be a missed asset to the workers who knew him and worked alongside him. Barry met Trudy while out on a rabbit hunt using CB radios, along with their friends Murray and Colleen. They began spending more time together and eventually started dating. Barry and Trudy enjoyed similar hobbies and after two years went by Trudy decided that she would take charge and propose to Barry. He agreed and together they went and bought a ring. Barry and Trudy celebrated their marriage on October 21, 1978 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverlodge. Shortly after marriage they moved to La Glace and on August 29, 1981 they welcomed their first son Jeremy Ross. They enjoyed their new roles as parents, even though at times it proved to be a tough job, Jeremy was loved and as they slowly learned the ropes to parenthood they decided that more children in their future would be alright. Three short years later they welcomed Cole Donald on August 14, 1984 and completed their family with the arrival of their youngest Bradley Lloyd on March 14, 1988. Trudy and Barry spent countless hours with their sons camping, enjoying their outdoor hobbies and on family vacations like to Disneyland, a trip the boys fondly remember. They spent many years inside the hockey arena cheering and coaching the boys as well. Barry had the privilege to be the president of Beaverlodge Minor Hockey and coached all three of his sons as they played a sport they loved. If there were a definition of a loving, hard working father it would describe Barry. He enjoyed being a dad and being a role model for them. Barry proved to be a great dad but as time went on and the boys had children of their own, he excelled at being a fantastic grandfather to five beautiful grandchildren; Maddie, Dayton, Deklen, Reid and Zoey. Barry had so much love for his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time camping and cheering them on at figure skating competitions and hockey games. Barry was a remarkably thoughtful, hardworking, fun loving person. He was a person of great devotion and love. Above all, Barry believed in family. He lead by example, showing that family is the most important thing in life ad was a strong role model for the family he is leaving behind. He is his family’s rock. His values and beliefs on life are something they will always cherish. Barry was predeceased by his sister Brenda, brothers-in-law Murray and Calvin, and his nephew Jeff. Barry is survived by his parents Lloyd and Alvina, his siblings Marilyn (Eldon), Terry and Debbie (Rob), his loving wife of 39 years, Trudy, their children: Jeremy, Cole (Amy) and Bradley (Tasey), and his five cherished grandchildren: Maddie, Dayton, Deklen, Reid and Zoey, as well as his in-laws Don and Jean Quinn. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverlodge. Father Sylvanus Omali officiated. Interment was held in the Rio Grande Cemetery. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Barry to the Grande Prairie Hospital Foundation for the ICU, 10409-98 Street Grande Prairie, AB T8V2E8, or to the Beaverlodge Firefighter’s Association, PO Box 877 Beaverlodge, AB T0H0C0, or to a charity of one’s choice. Very Respectfully Beaverlodge Funeral Service
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