A lifelong entrepreneur, Barry passed away peacefully in his Ancaster home. As the founder of BLM Advertising his team serviced large corporate accounts such as Sony Canada. During his career he was the proud owner of The George Street Gallery and MacMillan Northshore Limited. As a natural salesman and expert negotiator, Barry created BLM Auctions to market luxury estate homes to accredited buyers. In his spare time he collected and sold antique furniture and fine art; his favorite pieces were the portraits of his three children. Barry believed in living life to the fullest and learning as much as possible through international travel and good conversation. He was known for his love of cars, card games and antiques.
He leaves behind his daughters Caroline (“Carly”) of California and (“Chrissy”) Christine. He also leaves behind his son Barry (Tara Jane Turner) Matthews, grandchildren Christopher and Rebecca Matthews, his mother Audrey (Benjamin) Matthews, brother William (Barbara) Matthews, nieces Brenda (Steve) Gaull, Beth (Chris) Stoner and his former wife, Mary Ann (nee Neill.)
He is reunited with his father, Ben, and his favorite uncle, Andy, a war veteran. His laughter, sharp wit, stories and sense of humor will be missed dearly by friends and family.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Charitable Registration No. 106846942