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Williams, Basil (Bud)

It is with great sadness and a sense of deep loss that we announce the passing of Basil (Bud) Williams, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother at the age of 84. Bud entered Heaven’s gates early Saturday morning, April 1, 2006, while at home with his loving wife and daughter. Bud was a well-respected businessman who owned and operated Williams’ Clothing Store in Fort Macleod for more than 35 years. During that time he also worked tirelessly with his partner and good friend, Gower Kennedy, to construct several homes and businesses within the community. Bud devoted many hours to building the Fort Macleod Golf Course, planting most of the trees there, as well as enjoying the odd game of golf. While in business, Bud served as president of the Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce, the curling club and the golf club. He was also privileged to serve as District Deputy for the BPOE Elks. Subsequently, Dad was granted honorary life memberships in the Elks, curling and golf clubs. He will be remembered as a man who truly understood what it meant to be service-minded, giving back with all of his heart to the community of which he was so proud. His children and grandchildren aspire to the example he set, knowing they never could have had a better father or grandfather. Bud is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Margaret; their son Dan (Louise) of Delta, B.C.; and their daughter Debbie Deak of Lethbridge. Bud and Margaret have also been blessed with three grandchildren: Jason of Medicine Hat, Christy of Vancouver and Kendra of Lethbridge and by one step granddaughter Sharman of Vancouver. Also left to mourn him are his brother and three sisters: Keith (Thelma), Irene, Shirley and June. Two sisters-in-law, Alberta Sauter of Florida and Hanna Dykstra of Stavely, share in the families’ grief. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Church, Fort Macleod, on Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Aldeen McKay officiating.

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