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Arthur "Bud" Evans



What a life he lived! Arthur “Bud” Evans passed away March 5, 2023 at the age of 96. He was full of life right up until his final days, sharing his big personality and sarcastic wit with his family and new friends at the Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement Residence in Kelowna, BC.

Bud was born in Port Arthur, Ontario on Valentine’s Day back in 1927. As soon as the nurses saw him, one remarked that he had the cutest “rosebud lips”, and the name stuck. He grew up with two sisters (Joyce and Gwen) and a brother (Richard) in the family house on Oliver Road across from Lakehead University.

After high school, Bud worked for a time with CD Howe company as a draftsman, and then went on to open his own commercial printing company, Evans Jorgensen Ltd.

He married Julie Beda in August of 1950, and they went on to have three boys, Jamie, Bob and Dan. He was a loving and dedicated husband and father, and enjoyed his summers at the camp on Trout Lake and eventually his winters at their place in "Wagon City" Texas.

He retired from the printing business, but only after he had already started his next venture with Bud Evans Hunting and Fishing Maps. His maps quickly became required “gear" for outdoorsmen and tourists in the Thunder Bay Area. A quiet walk through the woods hunting partridge or a day fishing with a shore lunch was his idea of heaven.

After selling his map business, Bud’s happy place quickly became the golf course in the summer and the curling rink in the winter. He golfed until he was 95, and curled his most recent game in December of 2022, on a team with 3 generations of Evans boys. He was still able to draw to the button!

He was long known as “Uncle Bud” among his extended family and friends, with a well earned reputation for being crusty on the outside, but warm and soft on the inside.

Bud moved to Kelowna in the summer of 2021 to be closer to family, and in search of a new adventure at the age 94! He walked out the door of the house he built in 1954 with a single suitcase, and insisted it be sold “as is” with all the contents inside. He had to be talked out of living in a van and travelling around the Okanagan valley, and instead settled into his new retirement home.

Bud lost Julie, his loving wife of 55 years, in 2005 and now he leaves a hole in the hearts of his sister Joyce (King), his brother Richard, and his children Jamie, Bob (Lesley-Anne) and Dan (Marie), as well as grand children Jeremy, Simon, Graeme, Malcolm, Claire, Cole and Emily. He will be missed by a vast network of nieces and nephews, in-laws and outlaws, neighbours, friends and friendly competitors. His large spirit and generous soul blessed us all.

As per Bud’s wishes, there won’t be a formal service, but we’ll be raising a glass in his honour and encourage others to do the same. If anyone wishes, a donation to the heart and stroke foundation in memory of Bud would certainly be appropriate.

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