Don Walter Bud McLaughlin

Don Walter Bud McLaughlin

1930- 2009

Well gang, Bud’s (me) finally gone after many years of fighting cancer, emphysema, and you name it. Bud passed away at noon on New Year’s Day at the St. Boniface Hospital. Bud was born in Winnipeg at his parents Viola Hawkins and Wing Commander Harry McLaughlin’s home at 60 Brock St. After his marriage to Nancy Bell they lived for a year in Campbell River B.C., and two years at the air force base in Rivers, MB. Bud spent 35 years with the Honeywell Co. Ltd., ending his time with them as a service manager. He traveled a lot with the company and always said how well he and the other employees were treated and what a top notch company it was.

Nancy and Bud were childhood sweethearts who married in 1950 and raised 5 children together in a loving, caring and fine way. After 31 years of being his wife and best friend, during which they raised champion Dalmatians under their kennel name NanDon, and spent every summer at Lake of the Woods, Nancy sadly passed away in September 1981 at the age of 50.

Bud then moved to Miami, MB where he raised 500 chickens, 100 turkeys, a few pigs, geese, ducks and pheasants. He often said that the farm was the greatest place to live and he left his mark there.

Bud was a quiet, easy-going person that will surely be missed by his family and friends. He had a fabulous sense of humour and was very proud of all his kids. 

He leaves to mourn his passing his second wife since 1991, Marian (whom he loving called “Gadget”) of Morden, MB as well her six children, Kathy, Louise, Lorraine, Trish, Vince, Roy, and 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  He will be lovingly remembered by his five children: Son Boomer, born in 1952 was drafted to the New York Islanders and then traded to the Detroit Redwings. Boomer was injured in the game and became a commodities broker in Winnipeg. Bud really enjoyed his Sunday lunches with Boomer’s girlfriend Linda. Daughter Loreen, resides in Winnipeg, was born in 1954 and Bud was proud of her culinary skills as well as giving him three grandchildren, Trisha, Matt, and Bella and four great grandchildren. Daughter Marni was born in 1956 and Bud was proud of her continuing long 34 year (so far) career as a flight attendant. He was so thrilled to hear about her new house in Toronto. Her ex-husband Bob Fugle remains close to the family. Son Gordon was born in 1958 and passed away suddenly one month before his mom in 1981.  Jeff was born in 1962, and is a doctor of philosophy; he and his wife Deanna divide their time between Kamloops BC and Graz, Austria.   Also surviving Bud are his brothers Doug of Calgary, Al (wife Erica) of Winnipeg, Bruce (wife Amy) of Tennessee, and sister Lenore of Winnipeg. 

Bud was predeceased by his older Sister Arlene Vennels and his older brother Roy McLaughlin.

Bud wanted a special thank you to go to the entire staff at the Golden Links Lodge; especially nurses Jackie, Ginger and Linda who took such great care of all his needs. To Ed and Molly for being 1st class, and Marge, special worker – you’re the best. All the support people couldn’t be better too.   Bud also wanted to say thanks to his lifelong friends who had been with him up to 60 years including Chas, Dave, Bussy, Don and more. Then there are his special goddaughters Diana and Nancy. He loved you all as he did the Orchard Girls’ visits - especially Arleigh.   A special message to niece, Cathy – Go for it!

At Bud’s request there will be no funeral service. Interment will take place at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens to be with his beloved wife, Nancy and son, Gord. Bud has also requested a small celebration to be held at the Viscount Gort in the spring for family and friends.

Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends wish, donations can be made to The Winnipeg Free Press Sunshine Fund as Dad donated every year to summer camp for kids because he deeply felt that every child should have the opportunity to go to the lake and fall in love with it as much as he did.

The Clock of Life is wound but once.
And no one has the Power.
To tell just when the hands will stop
On what day – or what hour.
Now is the only time you have
So love it – Live it with a will.
Don’t wait until tomorrow
The hands may then be still.
 

Well folks, I’m away. I’ve left my mark and I leave it up to you. To all my relatives, to all my friends and family: live it up. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler In care of arrangements.

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