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THORESON, Harvey (Bud) Oscar

January 20, 1927 – January 9, 2013

Harvey (Bud) Oscar Thoreson passed away peacefully surrounded by his beloved family; wife Charleen and daughters Lisa and Kristine, on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the age of 85 years.

Bud was the third of four children born in Cabri, Saskatchewan. After finishing high school he attended Moose Jaw Technical School before setting off for adventure on his motorcycle. He worked and travelled in Kelowna, Spokane, L.A and Vancouver before settling in Calgary.

While in Calgary, Bud met and married Charleen, and they had two loving daughters Lisa and Kristine. He took great pride in building his own home on an acreage North West of Calgary.

Bud was a man of many talents. He worked as a body man, owned and operated a service station, worked in real estate, and owned and operated a drive-in restaurant. He took pleasure in and excelled at restoring antique vehicles, gramophones, and other antiques. Some of the cars Bud restored can be admired at the Gasoline Alley Museum in Heritage Park.

Bud was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, travelling and hiking with his family. He loved to ride his Suzuki trail bike, go boating and play his saxophone. His greatest passion was his family.

Bud is survived by his wife Charleen (nee Long); daughters Lisa and Kristine; daughter Cindy from a previous marriage; and brother Roy. He is predeceased by his parents Oscar and Josephine; brother Gordon; and sister Eileen.

Funeral Service will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Harvey Thoreson, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. My sincere condolences to you Charleen and family….indeed Bud was a great person and lived well. My thoughts and prayes are with you at this time. Love, Yvette

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  2. Peter and Christine Errmann :

    Dear Charleen, Lisa and Kristine.
    We will miss our dear neighbour and friend Bud. We enjoyed his company and his straight forward clear thinking and honesty. He was an example of a good man who made his own mold. Our sincere condolences to Charleen, Lisa and Kristine.

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  3. Cindy Griffeth :

    So sorry to hear about Buds passing, will miss his humour and crazy antics. God’s peace and love be with you in this difficult time.
    Love, Cindy Griffeth

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  4. Hank Holm - Alberta Arms & Cartridge Collectors Association :

    The members of Alberta Arms & Cartridge Collectors Association share in your loss. Bud was a club member for many, many years. Our older club members, whenever they see a Winchester (Bud had a liking for old Winchesters) rifles or a model A Ford car, some long past memories of Bud will come to mind. He will be missed at our local gun shows of which he rarely missed one or at our Club meetings.
    On behalf of all A.A.C.C.A. members, Hank Holm – President

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  5. My deepest sympathy to you on this day. Bud was much loved and will be fondly remembered by many.
    With love, Danette

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  6. Rowena Bowles :

    My dear Cher, I know we have not seen each other for some time, but Rhodi sent me an email regarding the loss of your dear husband Bud. My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

    Only time will ease the pain, until you meet again.

    Sincerely, Rowena Bowles

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