Walter Bryce (Bud) Blackburn (1936 – 2020)
Bud passed away comfortably in the Kirkland & District Hospital. He was a well-known local businessman and a highly skilled heavy equipment operator. Bud was a generous hockey sponsor and fan who rarely missed a game. He loved his family and community and will be remembered for his infectious smile and sense of humour.
Bud is survived by Catherine Blackburn, wife of 58 years, his daughters Wendy Blackburn (Vincent Rochon), and Beth Blackburn (Neil Bigelow). To his 5 grandchildren Rebecca, Dylan, Emma, Drew, and Luke, Bud was always known as Poppa. They have vivid and very fond memories of traveling north to visit with their Poppa. He is also survived by his sisters, Ethel, Purbrick (Bob), and Kathleen Smith (Ken).
Bud is predeceased by his brother Bill (Shirley) and his infant son David.
Bud has left us many memories which include teaching us how to drive cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors, dump trucks, and snowplows, all at a very young age. He kept his first car, a 1930 Chrysler, in original condition and it still runs to this day. He could spot 4 leaf clovers like magic. Bud was the chief tow operator and trail groomer at Raven Mountain and Windsor Valley. He made waiting in line-ups fun with his jokes. Bud was a self-taught musician who quietly played the accordion, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle. He was an animal whisperer who had a menagerie of pets – even a snapping turtle that came when he called.
Keeping with Bud’s wishes, cremation has taken place.