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WILLIAMS – Dr. Robert Guy (Bud), B.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.S. (Edin), F.R.S.C. (Can), F.A.C.S. B.A. (Econ), B.Sc. (Geol)

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 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, or directly to the MEOW Foundation, Box 65024, RPO North Hill, Calgary, AB T2N 4T6, Telephone: (403) 230-6033,  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.

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  1. Glen M. Vouri :

    Dr R.G.Williams Sr. brought me into the world. I later became a patient of Dr. R.G Williams Jr.
    He shall be missed. Always the gentleman.

    Glen Vouri

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  2. Maureen & Ed Johnson :

    Bud was a ‘very special man’ indeed and will be missed by many. He was blessed with 91 wonderful years and was so fortunate to have so many loved ones who could share in his joy of life. Our thoughts are with you Marian and family.

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  3. Bud & Marian have been neighbours at our condominium for many years. He was always bright and cheerful. We’ll miss him! My heartfelt condolences to Marian and their family. Mike Hartley

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  4. Dr. R.G. Williams Jr. brought me into this world and looked after all our family for many years.

    My condolences to the family.

    Brent Garries

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  5. Anne-Marie & Bill Duma :

    We always enjoyed chatting with Bud at the many opera functions he & his wife attended. He will be missed.

    Anne-Marie & Bill

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  6. Wendy, Drew, Sonia and Dorian :

    Uncle Bud will always hold a special place in our hearts. He had a wonderful sense of humour and a gift for stories and jokes. I will always remember as a young child his and Aunt Mary’s generosity of their time with and care for me. We spent many happy days at Sylvan Lake boating around the lake and learning to play the violin with Mary. I will miss his smile most of all.

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  7. Daniel Jaworski :

    Dear Anna

    Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you and the whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    Daniel, Julia and Amy

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