BUDD, Gary Evan
December 31, 1955 — July 2, 2023
Gary Budd was born in Victoria, BC, on December 31, 1955, and passed away peacefully on July 2, 2023, at Kelowna General Hospital with Claudia Steeves, his best friend, and the love of his life, and son Dalen, at his side. Gary will also be missed by his sister Cheryl Kedoziora; nephews Jason and Christopher; his brother Wayne and sister-in-law Linda Budd, and nieces, Brittany and Lauren.
From an early age, Gary showed his athletic ability starting with Little League baseball at 8 years of age and went on to Senior Babe Ruth, followed by Senior Amateur Men’s League. From the field, he ventured into the gym. At 6’3” he was tall for his age, and therefore a natural for basketball where he earned a scholarship to Green River Community College in Auburn Washington, playing for the Gators. Gary then spent time at the University of Victoria earning his Bachelor’s Degree and playing basketball for the Vikings. Gary carried on his education at the University of British Columbia, earning his Master’s (MBA/83). After graduation, he went to work for the Royal Bank of Canada in Kelowna, where he and Claudia met on a tennis court in 1985. His career then took them to Toronto from 87-89.
Missing the ocean and wanting a change, he moved back to Vancouver in 1989 and married Claudia on the bridge in UBC’s Nitobi Gardens.
1992 saw the birth of their son Dalen James, who came into the world seven weeks early, launching Gary into fatherhood. Gary loved his role as a dad and was soon dubbed the Mr. Rogers of Edgemont Village by all the children and dogs that walked by his home on Newmarket Drive.
After stints at GE Capital and G.C.N.A., he landed his dream job at TELUS. Gary was with TELUS for over 18 years and was a mentor, coach, and wonderful friend to those on the finance team as well as many other TELUS Team members. Gary certainly had a way of bringing humor to the day and will be missed by so many in the TELUS family.
In late 2011, Gary and Claudia moved to Gallagher’s Canyon where he took up African drumming in his spare time, and went on to join local drumming groups: Nankama and The Rippers. His passion for drumming continued to grow until his retirement in 2021 when his health started to deteriorate. Gary was a friendly giant of a man who brought laughter and music to everyone he encountered. He’ll be sorely missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Gary’s honour, details to be announced here at a later date.
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