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CIXX o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-30 published
SARAZIN, Barry Philip
It is with regret that the family of Barry Philip SARAZIN announce his passing on November 29th at Parkwood Hospital, London, at the age of 58 years. Barry is survived by his wife of 34 years and best friend Beth (née HODGSON,) his two children: Kristin (husband Rob GOSS) of London and son Geoffrey (fiancee Janna HOWIE) of Calgary, Alberta; his two grandchildren Michael and Bethany GOSS and his sister Valerie (husband Lindsay CARTER) of Blind River and sister Verna DOCHERTY of England. He is also the beloved son-in-law of Marjorie HODGSON of Belleville, Ontario. For almost thirty years, Barry was on faculty at London's Fanshawe College where he not only taught courses in the Radio Broadcasting Program, he was also the Coordinator of the program for many years. He was part of the team that was responsible for securing Canada's first campus instructional radio station, CIXX-FM (6X-FM) in 1978 dedicated to training students under actual broadcast conditions. For these activities, Barry was honored as one of the first inductees into the Fanshawe College Communications Arts Wall of Fame. Barry's broadcast career commenced over 40 years ago in Blind River. Over the years he was heard on radio stations in Sault. Ste. Marie, Ottawa, Smith Falls and Oshawa where he also served as Program Director. From 1975 to 1995, Barry could be heard hosting weekend radio shows on CFPL (AM980.) An avid sailor, he is believed to be the only person to have served as both Commander of the London Power and Sail Squadron and as Commodore of the Fanshawe Yacht Club. The family would like to express their gratitude to the wonderful staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Hospital for their compassion and care given to Barry. A special thanks to Dr. Dana WINTERBURN whose thoughtful efforts offered Barry a peaceful dignified end to his life. The family is also indebted to many others offering support to Barry including Community Care Access Centre, the Victorian Order of Nurses and the London Regional Cancer Centre. The sustained concern and fellowship of Friends and colleagues over the last six years as Barry valiantly fought his disease has been greatly appreciated. Cremation has taken place and the memorial celebration of Barry's life will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd. North on Friday, December 2nd at 3 p.m., with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Those wishing to make a donation in Barry's memory are asked to consider the Prostate Cancer Research, "Do it for Dad" campaign or the New St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation (Parkwood Hospital). (www.westviewfuneralchapel.com).

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CIXX o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-12-03 published
SARAZIN taught art of life
By Ian GILLESPIE, Free Press Columnist, Sat, December 3, 2005
The obituary says Barry SARAZIN taught radio broadcasting at Fanshawe College. But with all due respect, I think they got that a bit wrong.
SARAZIN died Tuesday at Parkwood Hospital after a six-year battle with prostate cancer. He left a wife, two children and two grandchildren. He was 58 years old.
SARAZIN's radio career started in Blind River, then bounced him through studios in Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa, Smiths Falls and Oshawa. He had the requisite "radio voice" -- that perfectly modulated tone that, when it's done well, can flow from a plastic box and into your head like a lover's whisper.
Some radio guys have that -- and sometimes, that's enough. But SARAZIN had something more.
In 1973, he landed at Fanshawe College in the communication arts program. Five years later, he helped launch the college station CIXX-FM -- popularly known as 6X-FM. It was the first time an FM licence had been granted to a Canadian college.
He taught at Fanshawe for 28 years, for a while taking the role of program co-ordinator. Along the way, he handled the weekend morning duties on CFPL-AM 980 -- an aspect that added a real-life edge of experience to his classroom sessions.
Bob COLLINS, co-ordinator of broadcast programs at Fanshawe College, figures SARAZIN taught more than 1,300 students during those years.
After SARAZIN was diagnosed with cancer in 1999, he accepted a reduced workload. Although it sounds as if there was nothing "reduced" about the impact he had.
"I know he was standing in front of the class and suffering," says COLLINS. " But he was still committed to delivering a quality education. You just had to watch the man to see how he set the tone for his life. It was admirable."
Glynis TUCKER was one of SARAZIN's students. Today, TUCKER handles corporate communications for London's city hall. But 17 years ago, she was a cocky college student who got one of SARAZIN's famous "blue letters" -- a typewritten disciplinary note delivered in a blue envelope.
"He was like a captain," she says, adding he often spoke of his love of sailing. "He was the captain of his ship, the captain of the program and the captain of his life."
BOB-FM announcer Skye SYLVAIN, who studied at Fanshawe in the late '80s, remembers SARAZIN as a man with "an elegant demeanour" who taught his students about radio, yes -- but something else, too.
"He was trying to offer us everything he'd experienced and funnel it back to us in a way that would help us navigate whatever perils we'd face," says SYLVAIN.
Deborah O'GRADY works as an announcer at BOB-FM and a human resources representative at a local medical lab. She remembers SARAZIN as a formal, reserved but passionate man who was known to sport an ascot at social events.
"He was very much a father figure to us, and some people rebelled against that," says O'GRADY, who studied with SARAZIN 20 years ago. "But then two or three years out of college, we realized, wait a second -- Barry knew what he was talking about."
O'GRADY recalls the day SARAZIN spent an hour teaching students how to budget their time and money. O'GRADY says "we all sort of groaned" because they didn't think they needed to know that stuff.
But of course, they did.
Brad GIBB is music director at FM-96. He remembers SARAZIN as a "well-mannered, proper guy" who'd remove his eyeglasses, wave them in the air and breathe in through his teeth before he told you what you'd done wrong.
"It sounds really cliched, but he really was an inspiration," says GIBB. "And not just how to be a good worker in the broadcast business, but to be a good person in general."
In an e-mail, longtime Fanshawe co-worker Ray WILMOT recalls the day SARAZIN told him about the cancer that would ultimately take his life.
"There was I, sitting across from him at a picnic table on the grass outside the cafeteria, crying," writes WILMOT. "And there was Barry, reaching over to grip my forearm, comforting me."
Like I said, the obituary stated SARAZIN taught broadcasting. But it sounds as if he taught people a bit more than that.

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