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Barry E. Pidgeon August 14, 1935 - August 24, 2019

Family will Sit Shiva:

Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m. at the home of Leslie and Steven Pidgeon 17408 Pauma Valley Circle Dallas, TX 75287

Tuesday, August 27th & Wednesday, August 28th @ 6:30 p.m. at the home of Zona Pidgeon 20 Royal Way Dallas, TX 75229

Barry Pidgeon, beloved husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend passed away peacefully on August 24, 2019 at the age of 84. Barry’s intelligence, generosity, impeccable style, integrity, insistence on excellence, and above all, his unwavering dedication to his family will be fiercely missed.

Barry was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the oldest of three children to Leonord and David Pidgeon.  After graduation from The University of Texas in 1957, he returned to Des Moines to take the helm of the family business, Pidgeon’s Furniture & Appliances and served as President and Chief Executive Officer.

While in college, he met the love of his life, Zona Kanter, and they married in 1957. Together they raised four sons, traveled the world, served their community, and built a business, which quickly expanded into Dallas where the entire family eventually moved.

Barry was an accomplished and deeply respected business leader, but in his later years, his favorite role was that of grandfather. “Papa” was a true patriarch.  He hosted family dinners every Sunday, led holiday gatherings with flair, and took every one of his 9 grandchildren on a Disney Cruise at age 5 to spend time with his favorite character, Mickey Mouse; to Hawaii at age 10; and to London at age 15.  Papa rarely missed one of their sporting events, school performances, or milestones.

Barry was enthusiastic about all he did and served his communities with great zeal.  Among his many accomplishments, he was President of Tifereth Israel Synagogue (Des Moines), Mid-Iowa Council President of Boy Scouts (he earned both the Eagle Scout award and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and Silver Beaver service award and was recognized as a Regent for Life of the National Eagle Scout Association), a member of the Governor’s Task Force, President of the Retail Merchants Bureau, President of the Better Business Bureau and Credit Bureau (Des Moines), a Chamber of Commerce leader, a Mason and Shriner, and a longtime contributor and member of numerous arts organizations and nonprofits including Jewish Federation of Des Moines and Dallas, Congregation Shearith Israel, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes to name a few. Never one to seek the retirement lifestyle, Barry served on the Board of Star Companies, the business he helped found in 1995, until he was hospitalized in April.

He was driven by many passions in life, including the arts, golf, and classic cars and was an avid coin, pen, and watch collector, all of which he took huge pleasure doling out to his children and grandchildren. Above all, he enjoyed traveling with friends and family. Annual trips with the Pidgeon “flock” were the highlight of his year, and he planned each one to perfection.

He is survived by his beautiful wife of 62 years, Zona;his sons, Steven (Leslie), Michael (Pamela), David (Sheryl) and Daniel (Mindi); grandchildren, Pailey (Dan) Nooromid, Micole (Andrew) Cobert, Bayla, Cyra “Coco,” Madison, Bryce, Jaclyn, Max, and Lindsey; his great-grandchild Cooper Nooromid, his brother, Harold (Shirley), sister Sharon (Nat) Koren and a plethora of extended family, dear friends, and esteemed colleagues. His grandchildren are his pallbearers.

Monday, August 26, 2019 at Congregation Shearith Israel ~ Beck Sanctuary at 2:00 pm 9401 Douglas Ave. Dallas, TX 75225, with burial to follow in procession to Hillcrest Memorial Park ~ Mt. Zion Section located at 7405 W. Northwest Hwy.  Dallas, TX 75225 with Rabbi Sunshine to officiate and Cantor Zhrebker.

Family will Sit Shiva:

Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m. at the home of Leslie and Steven Pidgeon 17408 Pauma Valley Circle Dallas, TX 75287

Tuesday, August 27th & Wednesday, August 28th @ 6:30 p.m. at the home of Zona Pidgeon 20 Royal Way Dallas, TX 75229

Condolences(8)

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    Ani Nosnik says

    The the whole Pidgeon family, we wish G-d speed and strength at this difficult time. Ani and Pedro Nosnik

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    DallasJewishFunerals says

    My deepest sympathies for your loss of such an amazing man. May you see him always in the eyes of your children and the hugs of your grandchildren. Blessed be your family. ~ Respectfully, Lydia

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    subhash mukerji says

    Dear Zona. While we never had a chance to meet Barry, we feel the loss you and your family are going through at this sad time. If there is anything Rakhi and I can do to make it easier to bear, please let us know. With affection, Rakhi and Subhash

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    Dr. Jerald Blum says

    I send my deepest sympathy to Zona, boys and family at this time for terrible loss Barry. May Lord be with each you

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    Jo and Sig Weiner says

    Dear Zona, we spoke with Barbara and Larry Saturday and learned of the end of Barry’s long, last struggle. We are saddened, but we know that you are surrounded by your entire family and many friends, and that all of you are comforted by the memories of Barry’s wonderful and fruitful life. Love, Jo and Sig

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    Kenneth Lipshie says

    Dear Zona and all the Pidgeon family. My thoughts about Barry go all the way back to Des Moines from grade school to more recent days in Dallas. Both personal & business experiences with Barry & his sons were always a pleasure. His history as husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather & business man is testimony to his success. I am sad at his passing, he left us all with sweet memories. Ken & Sharon Lipshie

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    David Kollat says

    Dear Zona, Stephen, Michael, David and Dan. I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Barry. Over the past twenty years I have admired how he loved his family and helped his sons in their businesses. He is an inspiration to all of us to be as thoughtful and kind as he was.

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    David Kollat says

    Dear Zona, Stephen, Michael, David, and Dan. I was so saddened to learn of the passing of Barry. Over the past 20 years my admiration and appreciation for him continued to grow as I understood more clearly his love and dedication for his family, and all the things he did to try to help everyone become happier and more successful. He is an inspiration and role model for everyone.

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The family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to Congregation Shearith Israel www.shearith.org, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas www.jewishdallas.org, or any charity of choice.

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