William David Budworth (Bud) passed away peacefully from leukemia on Dec. 26, 2017, at his home in Hood River, Ore.
Bud was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on Oct. 6, 1935, and grew up in Kenora, Ontario. He graduated from the Kenora Keewatin District High School and, in 1958, graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, making his parents very proud. Bud and Vel were married in 1955 in Kenora.
Bud was predeceased by his parents, William and Jessie Budworth. He is survived and will be missed by his dearly beloved wife, Velma and their four sons, Derek (Sherry), Kevin (Alyssa), Brian (Debbie), and Bruce (Michelle), nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Bud is also survived by his brother, Brian (Carole), of Milton, Ontario, and his sisters, Dallas (Roy) McIntyre of Waterville, Minn., and Darcy McMillan of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and their families. We will all miss his "Gramps jokes.”
Bud worked for Canadair in Montreal, and then moved to Seattle in 1958, working for Boeing for 30 years, retiring in 1991.
Bud and Vel spent many years wintering at their home in the Baja, skiing on their beloved Crystal Mountain and windsurfing in the Columbia Gorge, all of these made even more enjoyable with their many friends. He was a member of the Hash House Harrier Running Club and was known for his love of Porsches. Guillermo was a great Santa in the Baja, even though he didn't quite have the shape for it! Bud and Vel travelled frequently in their retirement years, to Hawaii, the Caribbean and Europe, and attended every triennial Budworth Family Reunion.
He was an intelligent, kind man with a great sense of humor. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they adored him. The world is a sadder place without him.
In memory of Bud and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association, 202 Oak St., Hood River, OR 97031 or Providence Hospice of the Gorge, 1630 Woods Court, Hood River OR 97031.
Services are planned for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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