John Barich
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John Matthew
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Life Story for John Matthew Barich

John Matthew  Barich
Barich, John Matthew – Passed away peacefully at Hospice Niagara in his 94th year on April 25, 2019. Predeceased by his parents John and Frances Barich, sister Stella, his beloved wife Helen (Woehl – McClary) and step-son Ron McClary (Barb Brown). Survived by his sister Mary “Midge” Neill, loving Uncle to Robert (Mojo), Kelly (Edward and family) and James Neill, Stepson Bob (Donna) McClary, and proud “Pa” to grandsons Scott, Doug (Darcy), Chris (Angela) and Rob. Great Grandpa to Alex, Caitlyn, Edward and Mason. John will be sadly missed and remembered by cousins, wonderful friends, fellow members of the Stamford Lion’s Club and Dasa Suta and family.
Born in the beautiful mountain top village of Gorica (Bela Krajina), Slovenija, John immigrated to Canada in 1928 as a young boy. Over the years John worked as a Federal Inspector of Niagara’s fruit produce and manager for Niagara Township Fruit Co-op. In 1960 he owned and operated the Fort Erie Bowling Alley “Iroquois Recreation Centre”, where he met Helen, the love of his life. In 1967 he joined the Stamford Lion’s Club and has acted as a past president and faithful member for over 50 years. In 1975 John embarked on what would be a 40-year career in Real Estate and sold thousands of properties and played an active role in the development of Niagara Falls.
John enjoyed surrounding himself with good friends, good food and good music (Lipa Park) and lived a full and thankful life. Special thanks to his devoted and caring friends, the nursing staff of Queenston Place, Hospice Niagara and Nurse “Karen” (St. Elizabeth).
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2pm – 4pm at Morse and Son Event Centre, 5929 Main St., Niagara Falls.
In lieu of flowers, donations greatly appreciated to John’s favorite charity – Lion’s Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.
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