It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, papa and friend, Barry Leonard Prout. Born July 22, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario, died in the embrace of his family, of respiratory failure, December 24, 2020 in Port Perry. Oldest son of Leonard William Prout and Doris Mary (Mahaffy) Prout predeceased; husband of 50 years of Johanna Connie (Vanden Enden) Prout; loving father of Barry John Prout (Jacqueline-Anne), Gavin Leonard Prout, Johanna Nicole Prout (Sam); doting papa to Avery Grace, Aidan James, and Ashton Barry John, brother of Keith (predeceased in March of 2020) (Nicole), Elaine Kimmel (Ron), and to an extended family of Vanden Endens, loyal friend to many.
Barry loved cars, boats, golf, skiing, travelling but more than anything else his family. He lived in hockey arenas winter and summer encouraging his children’s passion for hockey, lacrosse, and soccer as a trainer, coach and wherever he was needed. More recently he could be seen behind whichever goal Ashton was defending, in the stands cheering Avery on, and on the sidelines of the soccer field encouraging Aidan.
Most of his career was in the insurance industry working for large Life & Health Companies. What he considered his greatest achievement is the company that he and his partner Jim started in the 90’s when men like him were left no option by uncaring, bottom-line corporations who cut them loose with no thought to their futures. Special Benefits Insurance Services was born from necessity and continues successfully today under the stewardship of his three children.
Gratitude is extended to his caregivers during his final difficult days, Dr. Rebecca Wray, palliative care nurses Rose and Shannon, and the gentle Bill who kept him comfortable.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions private arrangements have been entrusted to the WAGG FUNERAL HOME, 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171). A celebration of life (Barry style) will take place once it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, consider planting a tree or making a memorial donation to the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at www.waggfuneralhome.com