January 24, 1919 – December 3, 2010
After a long, happy and fulfilling life we announce the passing of a very special man on Friday, December 3, 2010.
Born in Calgary in 1919, Bud followed in his father’s footsteps and studied medicine. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1943 with a degree in Medicine. After internship and general practice, he was called to serve his country. During WWII, he was a Captain in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and served time overseas until 1945. After discharge, he began post-graduate study in surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland and Toronto East General. Bud returned to Calgary where he practiced at the Calgary General Hospital until his retirement.
After retirement, Bud’s quest for learning continued with classroom and online studies. His first venture was a degree in Economics and then in 2008 a B.Sc. in Geology. He possessed such an enquiring mind, a trait that he passed onto his family.
Despite a very busy surgical practice, Bud was a great patron of the Arts. He played an integral role in the early stages of the development and organization of both the Calgary Opera and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. His late wife, Mary Makar Williams, was instrumental in locating the string players required.
To be a surgeon requires certain personality traits; honesty, integrity and a positive attitude, all of which Bud had. His dedication to his family, profession and community is a very outstanding quality in a human being. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who had the privilege to know him.
Bud is survived by his loving wife Marian; his children, Dr. Anna (Wojciech) and Rob (Jacqui); grandchildren, Robert, Stacey, Stephanie (Ron), Patricia, and Maria (Mozac); great granddaughter Ollie; and nieces, Margot, Laurel Jean and Day; and nephews, Jim, Bob, Guy and Frank. Bud was very special to his brother and sister-in-law, Art and Eileen Jewell.
A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Robert C. Moland presiding. Condolences may be forwarded condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Bud’s memory directly to the Calgary Opera, 1315 – 7th Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 1A5, Telephone: (403) 262-7286, www.calgaryopera.com or directly to the MEOW Foundation, Box 65024, RPO North Hill, Calgary, AB T2N 4T6, Telephone: (403) 230-6033, www.meowfoundation.com. We would like to thank Dr. Caroline McKenna for her special care and the staff of Unit 82 at the Foothills Hospital, their dedication and compassion will always be remembered.
In living memory of Dr. Bud Williams, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences