April 11, 2011 Ian Duke

Last Alarm – Barry White


W. Barry White
June 2, 1931 – March 16, 2011

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of member Barry White following a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Barry joined the Scarborough Fire Department January 4, 1960, and rose to the rank of District Chief before retiring June 30th 1991. As a District Chief, he called out S.U.N. # 1 to a few of his calls. Barry became a friend to some of us as he enjoyed one of his favourite drinks — a nice hot cup of black coffee. Soon after retiring, Barry decided to give back to the job and personnel he loved by joining our club in 1992. He became one of our main drivers, responding to numerous calls day and night. After amalgamation Barry could be heard saying at a third alarm, “This would only have been a working fire in Scarborough”. Then he would start laughing. Any call he went on, we could hear firefighters come up to the truck for a drink and still call him Chief. That would bring a smile to his face and is a great testament to the respect which the firefighters had for Barry. He was one of the busiest members in the club. In addition to being the first call for TFS dispatch when Support 7 is requested, Barry also served as a Club Director for over 10 years. He believed in stepping up and participating in the organizations that he belonged to as demonstrated by his being President of the Scarborough Firefighters Retirees Club, President of the former Scarborough Quarter Century Club, member of the Highland Creek Legion No. 258 Colour Guard, and co-founder of the Scarborough Firefighters Museum. He found time for all these activities, but most important to him was his family. Barry and Pat, his lovely wife of 55 years often travelled to Uxbridge to look after the grandkids or attend a school/extra curricular function one of his darlings was involved with. Family and friends were important to Barry but he never forgot his four legged friends either. He always had a few dog biscuits in his pocket if he should come across one or two when he was out and about. Being sun worshippers, over the past few years Barry and Pat have traveled to Florida for the month of April so they could spend time with their friends and fellow retirees. Barry’s passing will leave a huge void, not just in our club, but in the many lives he touched. Over the two nights of visitation, 35 members, their wives/families, paid their respects to Barry and showed our support to Pat, daughters Denise with her husband David Whitehead, Shelly with her husband Angelo Mintsinikas as well as all five grandchildren. Although Barry has answered his last alarm, this true gentleman will not be forgotten, living on in our hearts. Rest In Peace.

Originally appeared in the Trumpet Newsletter. Reprinted with permission.