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Barbara McInnis

Obituary for Barbara McInnis

Barb and I met during the summer of 1977 at Atlantic Motorsport Park, and I thank Steve for that. Our paths crossed a few times before we started dating. We enjoyed being together and sharing our experiences and feelings. Spending time with each other at the cottage helped us understand how much we had going for us and ways we could share what might come next.

The deaths of Barb's father and brother made us realize how quickly things can change. Christmas in Florida and Germany, and a great July in France were just a few of the adventures we enjoyed. We shared special times with our neighborhood friends enjoying Christmas activities, BBQ's, and dips in the hot tub. Trips to the ball field and traveling dinners created special feelings to be remembered. Digby Pines offered beautiful scenery and wharf side meals, with time to replay our best golf holes together with some of our close friends. Cottage life gave us a chance to be involved in a variety of activities such as ball tournaments, mackerel fishing on the strait, and lobster boils at the camp.
Everywhere Barb went she met a great group of women friends. The Beech Street girls, her WFS sisters, and the famous Pictou Island posse were each a source of fun and friendship for all involved. Swimming and walking on the beach, "Gunsmoke" Sunday morning and reading quietly were some of Barb's favorite times. There are many names on the list Barb loved and I hope you all realize the joy you brought her. In Barb's opinion, nothing topped family, and with the births of Ian and Corrie we had our miracles. Our extended family could fill a stadium. Barb knew everyone's name and had a special connection with each one, and then Violet was born. Barb shared Violet's fight for her life at the IWK, and her exciting recovery. Nothing made Barb happier than an overnight with Violet. She would prepare for days planning meals, activities, walks, and any other adventures she thought Violet would like, such as a trip to the taproom. She loved being with Violet in the "Bratcave" while playing the Wii, watching a movie, reading a book, or resting while Violet played on her tablet. They both entertained and cared deeply for each other.

I know her passing has made many people sad, and we thank Chrissy for being there for Barb. We talked in the hospital and agreed we were a lucky couple and we had a great dance. All of the time together she made loving fun. I love you MP from DP.

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Dear Calvin, I am both shocked and saddened to hear of Barb's passing. I know from conversations with you how much you admired and adored Barb. Your tribute tells it so well, a beautiful love story. My condolences to you and your family. Take care of yourself. Sincerely, Lana Pettipas
- Lana Pettipas
Calvin, Our sincerest condolences o your family, from the Moore family, on the recent passing of Barb. Anytime we met Barb she was so upbeat and welcoming. Your tribute to Barb illustrates what a truly amazing relationship the two of you shared. She will be remembered as a tremendous spirit in your family's life and she will be missed by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Syd and Kathy Moore
- Syd Moore
It is great sadness that we say good bye to our much loved Barbara. On behalf of the entire Fort family I offer sincere condolences to Cal, Ian, Corrie, Violet and Frankie. Please know that our prayers are with you.
- Steve Fort
I met Barb through my friend Janice Huffman. Over the years we were in Nova Scotia I shared many great times with Barb at family events and especially our ladies only weekends!! Barb was always happy and smiling! She had a razor sharp wit and her sense of humour was unmatched! Her presence filled a room, she was a beautiful soul. My heart and my prayers go out to her family and to those who loved her! Her wings were ready! But our hearts were not!
- Abby Barker
Barbara Anne McInnis was born on November 17,1954 to Omer E Pellerin and Frances (MacIsaac) Pellerin. She leaves behind to mourn, her husband Calvin, sons, Ian Paul (Kat) and granddaughter Violet and Corrie Dale (Kaylynn). Her mother Frankie, brother Hughie (Paula). Her cousin Jean Hicks, Hubbards and best friend Janice Huffman, Dartmouth NS, Barb was predeceased by her dad and brother Robert Edward. "Dear Barb, my heart is sad but full of love for you. You will be missed by all that knew you because you gave so much love. My love is with you forever. RIP, my sweetheart. Love mom"โค๏ธ
- Mom (Frankie)
She was one of a kind and I will think of her and miss her every day until the end of time. ๐Ÿ’œ Jannie xoxo
- Janice Huffman
Dear Calvin and family, I am very sorry to hear of Barb's passing. You obviously had a very special relationship. Please know that the thoughts and prayers of your many hockey buddies are with you. Lorne
- Lorne Abramson
Barb... cut my hair, permed hair, taught me how to make homemade bread. I still have the recipe card, Barbs bread! Iuncheons, Janice, Kara ,myself and Chelsea , and then Alex to join the boy crew will always be special NS memories. What a love for everyone she had ! Our family was blessed to have known yours during our Canadian years. The true meaning of a lovely woman . Kim Wolf
- Kim Wolf
Calvin my deepest sadness is with you and the family. My Dear cousin such a beautiful soul, with such genuine Love for all who crossed her path. Loved the times we spent together, as that beautiful smile would light up the room and that unconditional Love was so felt in the big hug. Her Love for family was so evident. She will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you Calvin, Aunt Frankie and all the family.
- Marsha McCulloch
Barb was a carefree loving lady. I've know her since she was a young girl, all us OBrien kids were lucky to have her in our lives.โค๏ธ
- Maureen Naugler
Oh Calvin, Where do I begin??? When I met Barb in 1992, the year I moved to Halifax, I thought, what a fun loving lady. I was only in Halifax for 4 years, but in those four years I totally enjoyed getting to know Barb. Ian would come and spend weekends with the kids and I. (We had to put him in a room by himself, because of his excessive snoring. lol) Barb and I used to laugh so much over that! Swear to god he was the loudest kid I ever heard! We had a lot of good times together. When I would go to visit you guys I certainly had to plan nothing else for that day. Even after I left Nova Scotia, I so enjoyed going over to your place for a visit. But of course, life moved on and got busy with children, and grandchildren and we never saw each other as often as we should have. I just want you to know that you and Barb have always been a part of family and I felt a sisterhood with her, she was easy to love and so are you, and your boys. She will be deeply missed and remembered always. My heart and thoughts are with you and the family always, give my love to all. Joanne and Doug
- Joanne Gillam
Joan and I were so sorry to learn of Barb's passing , please accept our sincere condolences at this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
- john cox
Calvin, I have been in shock all day and hope you are OK. You always spoke so highly of Barb and we all got the impression you were lucky to have her as a wife. You sound like you had many happy years together-a very touching tribute
- Maureen boland
Dear Calvin and family all Such a privilege to have known Barb- a natural mom- and I am so saddened with the news of her passing. You both shared so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know you both. A real loss to so many- my condolences. A large hug to all- she will be watching over you I know.
- Cathy Walker
Calvin and Family: This is a wonderful tribute to Barbara, and brings back many wonderful memories for me. She had such sparkle! Barbara made everyone feel special, and somehow brought out the best in you....I feel fortunate to have known her. Sending hugs to you.xo Gwen
- Gwen Verge
Calvin, Dee and I were shocked to read of Barbs passing. Even though it's been many years since I last saw Barb I still remember how cheery and easy going she always was, she was a great girl. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sully Calvin, Barb was a lovely, warm person and I've never forgotten a sweet gesture she made to me years ago. We had met up on a day when you two were going to a QEH reunion dance. Rather than us leave and go home to Fall River (at the time...I was in shorts), Barb offered her closet for me to choose a dress. She was so considerate and giving. I've never forgotten how lovely she was. Sincere sympathy, Dee
- Wayne Sutherland
Calvin, my sincere condolences on the passing of Barb. Reading your written tribute to Barb was truly a story of two people that were meant to be husband and wife. May she rest in peace. Paul Puma
- Paul Puma
Dear Calvin, I was shocked to hear of Barb's passing, having just shortly before her death, learnt of her sickness. My thoughts have gone back to Beech street and our wonderful times with you both golfing. Then being my support after Bob's sudden death. My countless drop ins after school and shared meals. I am very honored to be one of those Beech street girls. My heart goes out to you, Calvin, Ian, Corey and dear Frankie. Much love. Thanks for the memories, Barb๐Ÿ’•
- Anita Chambers
Dearest Calvin, Ian ,Corey, Frankie and Family.. I have loved your family for many years. So many wonderful memories. So much love and laughter. Barbers sunny spirit will be with us always. One of life's truely special people. Love always. Lynn xoxo
- Lynn Chisholm
Remembering my beautiful sister in-law, Barb. You have given your family and friends so many happy memories. Your beautiful, caring spirit will always be remembered and will live on in your children and Violet and those who love you. You opened your heart and home with open arms and a big Barb hug. You accepted us all, as we are (warts and all) I will hold you in my heart forever. Miss you, love you always Petie (Paula) ๐Ÿ’œ
- Petie
Barb became part of me the day mom brought her home.She is and always will be the most wonderful person I'll ever know, memory's I have a lifetime of them all beautiful a very sad brother.
- Hughie Pellerin
Calvin, Ron & I were so sad to hear of Barb's passing. The last time we saw the two of you was at Kenny & Barb's & you told us about Violet's health struggles. I can just imagine the fun & love that transpired between Violet & Barb as she brought joy wherever she went & whoever she was with. We send you prayers & big hugs. Michele MacPhail
- Michele MacPhail
So sorry to hear of the passing of Barb, Calvin. Always felt welcomed into your home by her. My thoughts are with you and your family.
- John Boudreau
Lovely tribute to your beautiful wife and best friend, Calvin. I have so many wonderful memories of Barbara, my time with her, what she taught me, the many times she was there for me. You mentioned WFS and I want to add that Barb was a founding member along with me and Chrissy of the first group in Nova Scotia. I love this advice from her that I've used too often to count...."If you're having a hard time getting started, get up and do something" One more thing I want to share. When I was holding her hand and telling her how much I loved her because you, Calvin, made sure we got a chance to visit her in the hospital, I also added that she was surrounded by love because so many people loved her. She said very matter of fact "That's because I loved them" Clark sends his sincere condolences.
- Sherry and Clark
Calvin: I was so shocked to hear of Barb's passing...it had been a few years since I last saw you both at Kenny's at Christmas...my lady friend, Donna had a wonderful time chatting at length with Barb that evening...she was a vibrant lady who would light a room...she will be sadly missed...my prayers are with you, Sam.
- Sam MacDonald
Barb was the real thing. Honest to a fault and loving of every person in her many circles of friends. I have liked and loved her since we met in 1974. Her talents were many and her love for life and fun and finding joy were remarkable and admirable. I will miss you always. Thanks for the memories......xo
- Linda Stay

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