Alton Budwin (Bud) Charles Boulter
Nov. 14, 1936 to Feb. 22, 2015
We sadly announce the passing of Bud Boulter. After a seven-month struggle with brain cancer, Bud peacefully passed at home surrounded by his family.
Bud is lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years Barbara, and their children: Debra (Joe), Murray (Lee), Maureen, Dan (Yarah), Doug (Helene), Jannie (Rodney), Wendy (Gregory), and Ken (Victoria), sister Marnie (Alan), 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Alton and Nina, sister Beryl, son Richard, son-in-law Glen, and grandson Christopher.
Bud affected so many lives and was a role model to everyone he touched in his life. He was born in New Westminster, the youngest of three children. A successful entrepreneur with a work ethic second to none, Bud built many businesses throughout his life. His business acumen first developed at Boulter’s Chicken, his parents’ chicken-canning factory that was first established in Edmonton and then in Cloverdale.
In 1966 he built Bud’s Drive-in, a popular restaurant and corner store in Cloverdale. With these successes he and Barb moved to Smithers in 1973 and restored Smithers Trailer Park and Bulkley River Campground. Bud also worked for BC Highways briefly in 1974. In 1975 he bought the Hudson Bay Mobile Home Park, which he expanded in 1981.
These successes enabled Bud’s early retirement at 55, and he and Barb moved to Eagle Bay in 1992. They enjoyed many trips together and spent time visiting their large family. Never ones to stay still very long, Bud and Barb bought and refurbished many homes in their retirement in Sorrento, Salmon Arm, Vernon and finally in Maple Ridge, where they moved in 2013 and hoped to enjoy their retirement for many years to come. Bud was also a talented carpenter, cook, gardener, and musician. He was a remarkable man, endlessly generous, and admired by all. We are fortunate and grateful to have had him in our lives.
A celebration of life will be planned for this summer. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.