Four Generations of Devoted Service
In the Selkirk area and Interlake Since 1935
March 24, 1950 – April 13, 2019
On Saturday, April 13, 2019, at his residence, Art Barnett passed away at the age of 69 years. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Michelle; brother Fred (Lorraine); nieces Karyn (Russ) and children Natalie and Isabelle; Karla (Mike); step-children Russell (Natasha); Kelly; Kevin; step-grandchildren Veronica, Hayden, Logan, Elliot and Erik; friends Al and Carol; and Chris and Jaime, who also called Art “Uncle”; plus many other family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Alf and Myrtle.
Art grew up and spent his entire life in Selkirk, MB. He was active with Sea Cadets, and also played bass guitar and organ and added vocals in the band “Orpheum”. One of his early business adventures was opening “Gasy Jacks”, followed by a long management career at Tudor House where he was instrumental in establishing Woodland Courts and Cambridge House. Art and Michelle met while working at Tudor House, and were married on March 24 (Art’s birthday), 2006. He always joked he would never forget their anniversary!
Art was kind, caring and will forever be remembered for his sense of humour and the way he kept everyone laughing. He was the cool uncle commonly referred to as “Uncle Buck”. He was a dedicated Ford man and over the years owned a 1951 Club Coupe, 1965 Mustang convertible, 1967 Mustang Hard-top and many Mercury’s and TBirds. He was an avid fan of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Jets. He loved boating, BBQing and spending time at the family cottage. Although he had many health challenges in his lifetime, one of his “bucket list” wishes was to take a trip with his brother. In 2016, Art & Michelle travelled with Fred & Lorraine to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, fulfilling that wish.
Art will be missed by everyone who knew him. In keeping with Art's wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held. If desired, a donation can be made in his memory to Children’s Wish of Manitoba. Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com.
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk, in care of arrangements.