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COLBORNE, William O. (Bud)

Veteran oil patch Landman Bud Colborne passed away on Friday, December 21st, 2012 at the Beverly Center Lake Midnapore, Calgary AB from natural causes at the tender age of 85.

A husband to two beautiful wives in his life, both of whom pre-deceased him (Paddy in 1984 and Judith Ann (Judy) in 2006), father to 11 children, grandfather to twenty three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Bud was quite the character!. He is survived by all of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, his sister Pat Blakely and her immediate family as well as two sisters in law, two brothers in law and their respective families and we’ll all miss him dearly. Born June 5, 1927 to homesteader parents in Mannville AB, Bud was raised with his sister during the Great Depression and Dirty 30’s. The family relocated to Red Deer AB in the early 40’s where he was schooled both academically and in life experiences. Bud joined Gulf’s geophysical team in 1945 as a surveyor and moved to the Land group in 1950 where he honed his skills as a Landman for the next few years. The first six of their eleven children were raised while the family was on the move throughout Alberta during Bud’s early days of his oil patch career with Gulf Oil/BA Oil. In 1958 he left Gulf and then teamed up with the late Danny Spittall to form one of the early full service land consulting firms in Alberta and three years later, in 1961, Bud Colborne was Allied Land Services Ltd. As a testament of his business acumen that company operates today in the hands of the next generations. Bud and Paddy settled on Calgary as their home permanently from 1956 while the family continued to grow to include eleven children. Men worked hard and played hard in the patch in those days with great endurance and it may be noted that Bud worked, played and partied harder than most. Neither sleep nor relaxation seemed part of any man’s daily ritual. Bud was a ringleader and the life of the party while upright and not fighting!. Subsequent to Paddy’s passing in 1984, Bud was more than fortunate to find another wonderful woman in Judith Ann Halpin. They married and settled in Bragg Creek until Judy’s passing. Thereafter, he relocated to Calgary in 2010. Bud was a longtime member of Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) and International Right of Way Association (IRWA). He was a renowned story teller with a keen mind for details and his sons would forever ply him to share all the good stuff that he’d never tell Paddy or his daughters. Most of those stories are somewhat treasured and will undoubtedly long survive him. Bud was a fearless (not skilled) trail riding snow-mobiler and ice boater and most times due to his nature he’d walk away wounded, of course never showing any pain. Over the years Bud’s crusty exterior eroded and his numerous grandchildren were net benefactors of his genuine love for his family and his keen interest in their lives.

At Bud’s request there will be no funeral service. Now, also at Bud’s request, there will be a farewell party for all to attend. Details will be announced sometime in the New Year. The family would like to thank the staff at the Beverly Center, Staywell Manor, the doctors and nursing staff at the Rockyview hospital, and especially his amazing caregivers with Home Instead, Amanda, McKenzie and Missy Jo, for providing the best of care and comfort that Bud required and expected. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Bud Colborne, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Sorry to hear about Buds passing. He was a good man and we will also treasure our memories and good time spent with him and his family. May he rest in peace.
    Culkin Family

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  2. Lori and family,
    I am sorry to hear of Bud’s passing! He lived life on his terms and raised amazing kids, especially you! Take care in this tough time and pull out the good memories to hold on to! Hugs to you!
    Leona and Mark Liski

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  3. Dear Lori, Cheryl and the Colborne family,
    I was saddened to hear about Bud’s passing, I will always have the fondest memories of him. He was a kind and caring man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this holiday season.

    Julie, Dan, Zander, Katie Raffin

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  4. Bud was a wonderful mentor to me, not only in the Land business but in life. I will forever treasure the many memories. My wife, Thea, and I want to extend our condolences to his family.

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  5. Ed and Nancy Lyster :

    End of an era for sure! Thinking of the Colborne family while we’re in southern California. Looking forward to the party!
    Ed, Nancy Lyster and family

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  6. Bud was truly one of a kind! Conversations with him always put a smile on my face and left me with fond memories. May he rest in peace. With sympathy. Doug Colville & Ione Irvine

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  7. Mary Jane and Ty Pfeifer :

    Doug, Nancy and Boys,
    So sorry to hear of Buds passing. His legacy is rich and proud. Our thoughts are with you.
    Mary Jane and Ty.

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  8. My sincere condolences to the Colborne family. Bud was a good friend of mine for many years in the Oil Patch. We celebrated our birthdays on the same day June 5, but Bud had me beat by one year. We will certainly miss you, but the memories will always be great.

    God Bless You

    Roy

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  9. Len Kotschorek :

    I was saddened to read of Bud’s passing. As a fellow member of the CAPL, his stories are legend. We can all rejoice in his legacy. Looking forward to the wake!

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  10. SYDNEY JOHNSON (SPITTAL) :

    I will always remember your father with the fondest of memories. My father Danny Spittal adored and respected your father very much!

    Sydney Johnson

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  11. Noni Robson Belland :

    I am very saddened to hear of Bud’s passing. I remember having Christmas afternoons visiting down the street with all the kids when we all lived in Elbow Park. I wish all of you blessed with the loving memories that Bud has given you. Blessings to all.

    Noni Robson Belland

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  12. Very sorry to learn of Buds passing! What a character and personality. His and Paddys children are a wonderful testament to hard work, achievement, fair play and humor.

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  13. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. While your dad put a lot into his business, he was also a great family man. There are not many these days that can say they raised 11 kids and provided everything for them. May God be with you in this time of sorrow but know that he will be in a better place now with his creator.

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  14. Joe and Linda Martin :

    Dear Colborne clan: So sorry to hear of Bud’s passing. He was a great friend, raconteur nonpareil, partner in adventurism, and a social (and sometimes unsocial) observer of the world scene! He will be hugely missed. Our love and condolences to all. Joe & Linda

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  15. I’m truly sorry to read of Bud’s passing, he was truly an inspiration to me and I considered him family, just as I consider his family to be my family. Bud is the most colorful person I ever met in the oilpatch, I still ache at the laughter he inspired. I will miss him but the stories will continue thanks to Howie, Doug, and the rest of the clan. My most sincere sympathy to all of the Colborne family- I look forward to seeing you all at Buds party.

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  16. Dear cousins: I’m profoundly sorry about the news of my uncle Bud. His smile, crippling handshake, irrepressible laughter, & that unmistakeable gleam in his eye.. He–literally!– lit up the room.
    He will, indeed, be missed.

    Mitch Martin

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  17. Colborne Family

    We offer our sincere condolence in the passing of Bud. He was a man who lived life to the fullest and was a very engaging person. He will be genuinely missed

    Bob & Dolli Peers

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  18. The Haworth family sends their condolences to the Colborne family; we are so sorry to hear of Bud’s passing.

    The Haworth Family

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  19. Dear Lori & Family,

    Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing – however, what memories you must have and what a life he had ! Our thoughts are with you.

    Steve & Josephine Ryan

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  20. Condolences to all the Colborne families. Another legend has passed. Although not a great aqaintance of Bud, I will always remember the coy glint in his eye. With the multitudes of wonderful offspring he has spawned, his great character and legacy will live on for many years to come. Thinking of you guys. Dan (Tubby) Taylor

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  21. June (Bugg) and Blair Pardy :

    So sad to hear of Bud’s death. He was a very special man. I loved him dearly.

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  22. Al & Debbie Smith :

    Lori and family, Sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. Sounds like he lived his life his way, with great enjoyment. I’m sure you have many great memories of him to carry with you.

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  23. Rod & Roberta Calder :

    Deepest condolences to your families. Our thoughts are with you during your time of sorrow. Bud will really be missed.

    Rod & Roberta

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  24. Clive and Evelyn Davis(Askew) :

    Wayne and family, sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. We have fond memories of him in the Skimeister days.

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  25. To Pat Blakely sister & Buds family.We were friends from years back & Bud was like a brother to my brothers(Wayne & Eddie Jensen) He was a character & a REAL MAN. I have many pleasant memories of he & Paddy. My love & best wishes to all of you. We will miss him, but are better people for having known him. Love Ruth

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  26. Ute and Wolfgang Gregory :

    Our sincere condolences on Bud’s passing. We remember him fondly from the many social occasions we shared and particularly Bud’s and Judy’s visit to our winter home in Arizona. Kind regards. Ute and Wolfgang Gregory.

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  27. Megan Ballance (Flock) :

    We want to extend our sincere sympathy to the entire Colbourne family.

    Bud was a wonderful person, full of life and laughs. We know that you will be reminiscing about all the great and sad and funny times that your family has shared over the years and it is important to remember all of those times.

    Our hearts and thoughts are with the whole Colbourne family at this time.

    Megan & Don Ballance

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  28. Stan and Deana Jensen :

    We just heard of ‘Uncle’ Bud’s passing. He was a magnificent man to say the least. Thinking of you all at this time and may you hold fond memories close to your hearts.
    Take care, Stanley and Deana Jensen

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  29. Joni Clark (Robson) and family :

    My thoughts are with you on the loss of your father. We have many fond memories of him and your family from when we were growing up. May your memories help you through this time. Best regards.
    Joni and family

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  30. michael and elizabeth columbos and family :

    Our deepest sympathy to all the Colbornes on the loss of their father and grandfather

    We have fond memories of the stories we heard of Bud

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  31. On behalf of myself, my brothers and father please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.

    My childhood memory of Mr. Colbourne is of a man dedicated to his family.

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  32. Francine and Jim Cuthbertson :

    Sincere condolences to the whole family. Bud will be greatly missed.

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  33. We Three Keats :

    To All of the Family of our dear Uncle Bud;

    We are so sorry for your loss and the incredible loss of such a great man.

    We treasure wonderful memories shared with our dearest Auntie Judy & Uncle Bud. Also in the fun times we were able to share with the whole Colborne clan.

    I believe that when you lose someone you love that the world is forever changed, and we are then left with the task of figuring out how to go on in this world, that they are no longer in.
    We wish you many blessings for each of your journeys.

    We will continue to hold Auntie Judy & Uncle Bud in our hearts & treasured memories & miss them always.

    Love & Hugggs,
    Andrew, Bev & Ethan Keats

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  34. To The Colborne Family:
    It was with great sadness I learned of the passing of your father. While I had not seen him in recent years, I have very fond memories of the many years we worked together at Gulf/BA, then our partnership in two Land Companies in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s with Danny Spittal and throughout the years that followed. The first party I celebrated with Bud, was for his birthday June 5, 1952, and the second was a few weeks later – a great celebration upon the arrival of son Doug. My wife Joyce and I wish to offer our deepest Sympathy and Condolences to all. Looking forward to a visit at Bud’s farewell party.
    Norm McNally

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  35. Dear Nancy, Doug & Family,
    Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Our hearts are with you.
    Stuart, Sarah, Danielle and Nicole Morrison Henley

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  36. Mervyn McMartin :

    Bud and I were close mates in the 60’s and 70’s. I have had the pleasure of knowing some of Buds son’s. We did many things together and I got to love the man. RIP old buddy.
    PS: Bud and I have been out of touch for many years and I just decided to google my old friends name. I did shed a tear or two when I read of Bud’s passing.

    Foot note: What happened in the 60’s and 70’s, stays in the 60’s and 70’s.

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