Owen Humphreys

Owen Phillip “Bud” Humphreys passed away peacefully on March 10, 2011 at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital after a long and interesting life. He was 84. Blessed with a generous personality and usually robust health, he was recently struck with brain cancer while wintering in Yuma, Arizona. He leaves to mourn him, his five children, Jim (Rose) of Vancouver, John (Judy) of Medicine Hat, Anne of Miramichi, Joseph and Ted (Jessica) of Toronto, as well as sisters, Sally and Elaine of Peterborough; a brother, David, in Toronto; seven grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many others that will remember his outgoing personality, pleasant smile and remarkable life. His diverse career began in 1942 when he entered the Army during the Second World War at age 15. After that, he became a policeman, then a detective and later, a successful businessman. Throughout his life, he volunteered to help others. He was a Rotarian, Scout Master, and served on the executive of numerous charitable organizations and boards. He was also a long time member of the Canadian Legion and an Honorary Member of the American Legion. As a 32 Degree Mason, a very dedicated Shriner, and life member of the Royal Order of the Jesters and the Legion of Honour, he was later in life, presented with a medal “Visitante Distinguido” by the Mexican Government for his work with handicapped children. He touched many in his very full life and never lost his sense of curiosity. He travelled to India at age “80” and planned to go to the Philippines later this year. He enjoyed travel, hiking, fishing, carpentry and also working with stained and slumped glass. A connoisseur of fine food, the occasional glass of wine, and always good coffee. His keen mind and warm humour will be missed by many. He led a complete life and he headed out on this, his last earthly journey, knowing this and wishing everyone peace and good cheer. At Owen’s request, there will be no formal service. He will be interred on Vancouver Island at a later date. His family thanks the many kindnesses of the nurses and doctors who supported and tended to his needs and ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Society 640 Professional Building, 640 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0H5, in support of the new Hospice. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Owen Humphreys, or you may visit www.gonebutnotforgotten.ca and leave a message of condolence. Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 2V6. Please call 1-866-526-2214 for further information.

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