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Born: May 14, 1944

Date of Passing: Nov 21, 2022

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May 14, 1944 - November 21, 2022

Bud Gardner died peacefully on November 21, 2022 in Selkirk Hospital after a brief physical illness and a lengthy struggle with frontal temporal dementia. He is survived by his caring wife of 53 years, Janie; daughter June Gardner and her young son Charlie of Dover, New Hampshire; son Scott Gardner (Andreina) of Panama; sisters, Janice Gardner of Winnipeg and Aldyne Bauder of Vancouver; his brothers-in-law, Clint Harvey and Doug Harvey (Jan) both of Winnipeg, five Harvey nieces and nephews and two Kumka nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Eileen and Bud Gardner; his in-laws, June and Charlie Harvey; his sister-in-law Kate Harvey and his brother-in-law Terry Kumka.
Bud lived his entire life in Winnipeg, growing up and attending schools in River Heights. He graduated from Kelvin High School in 1962 where he had excelled at football and basketball, as well as hockey and tennis at the River Heights Community Club, church basketball and street hockey in the back lane. Through Kelvin and these sports he made many lifelong friends which he has cherished to this very day. Upon graduating from United College (U of Winnipeg), Bud entered the working world (in print sales), but he soon decided that work was a necessary means to an end and conducted his life accordingly! His greater loves and focus were the three F's—his family, his friends, and having fun! He was an avid reader lifelong and could often be seen as a young boy walking up Niagara Street to the River Heights library.
He enjoyed travelling with Janie to various locations all over the world where June and Scott lived and worked, a favourite location being Bermuda. However, Bud's favourite place in all the world was Victoria Beach, where he spent every summer from the time he was two years old and where he lived year round for the last four years of his life. He loved the activity of VB, its beauty and in particular, the changing of the seasons. In fact, he told his family in recent months that he wanted no funeral, cremation and his ashes spread in some of his favourite spots at VB and then after a pause, he added: "and then you can have a big party at the cottage next summer!" His family will honour these wishes.
Bud's friends have called him a one of a kind character. They remember him for his rapier wit, his great sense of humour, albeit irreverent at times, and his fun-loving spirit. June and Scott's friends as well as Bud's nieces and nephews remember him as the "Fun Dad" and since his death they and others have remembered with fondness the Gardner Christmas Eve parties, Thanksgiving and Easter at the cottage, kids' huge, crazy birthday parties in August (they were both born that month). For the "adult" friends, starting in their teen years: VB dances at the Clubhouse, bonfires on the beach, dinner parties, New Years Eves, always with the "tunes" playing loudly! All these fun times with friends were frequently orchestrated by Bud but with Lady Jane (his long standing name for Janie) doing most of the behind the scenes work!

One day you'll look
To see I've gone
For tomorrow may rain
So I'll follow the sun

In lieu of flowers, please have a toast to Bud and the good times you shared with him.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 26, 2022

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • I am so sorry for your loss Scott and family. I only had the chance to meet Bud a few times but this is one man who was always full of life. He loved his family very much and was very proud of his children and what they achieved from my recollections. Such a loss for your family and my thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Sending love from Bermuda Devi - Posted by: Devi Johal (Friend of Scott) on: Dec 21, 2022

  • Dear June, Jane and Scott. We are so saddened to hear of Bud’s passing. Regretfully we lost touch but our memories are very fond of Bud’s happy generous nature. He was so good to my family as our children were growing up together in Charleswood. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Linda Johnson (Carson Cardinal & Aleasha Hacault) - Posted by: Linda Johnson (Neighbor) on: Dec 04, 2022

  • Jane and your family, Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family during this sad time. Thoughtfully, Colleen (From the CE days) - Posted by: Colleen Dudar (Friend) on: Dec 03, 2022

  • Bud is, and will be dearly missed forever, my sincere condolences to Jane, June and Scott. Having only known Bud for 4 1/2 short years, I was very fond of him and enjoyed my Tuesdays and Fridays at the VB cabin checking in, cleaning, and our usual quick conversation about the weather, sports, and a bit of world news. Bud was always cheerful, always pleasant, always polite, always a gentleman. I remember the first time I met him, he had been in the city for a few weeks, it was summer and he just arrived back at the beach cabin with Jane. I watched him get out of the car, head down the road for a walk, and raise his arms in pure delight at the peace and quiet of being back home. I thought to myself, “yup, this guy is alright” .. and he proved that over and over again. Rest in peace Bud. - Posted by: Lesa Dawne (Friend ) on: Nov 30, 2022

  • My loving support to you all. May the joys of living well with nature carry on in all of you! - Posted by: Sonja Lundstrom (Friend ) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • We are truely saddened for your loss. His smile that went from ear to ear and made everyone feel welcomed will truely be missed! Our hearts go out to you. - Posted by: The Badger Family (Family friends) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • Dear Janie and family - It was with such sadness that I read this morning of Bud’s passing. It has been a few years since we have crossed paths, but Mum and I still look back fondly on the many years we shared joyful family gatherings with the Gardner family at our homes on Niagara and Ash … Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving …so many memories. In later years when I bumped into Bud on various occasions I marvelled at his youthful appearance and his ever pleasant nature! I can only begin to imagine how you are going to miss him, though I’m certain he left this world knowing he was truly loved by all. Thinking about you and sending our love, Doreen (Laird) Brown and (Mum) Rena Laird - Posted by: Doreen Brown (Friend) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • Dear Jane and family, We are greatly saddened to hear of Bud's passing and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jim and Diane Wood - Posted by: Jim and Diane Wood (Old Friends) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • Bud will be fondly remembered in the Bloomer household. Ryan has so many fond memories of Bud and the Gardner family from a young age, through hockey in Charleswood, to summers at Victoria Beach and the “old” cottage. In more recent years, we have enjoyed so many visits at Victoria Beach, in the new cottage and guest house, often with Bud preparing amazing breakfasts and dinners. We were privileged to have both Bud and Jane travel to Alberta for our wedding, and to consider them to be family. Despite his recent struggle with dementia, we were always welcomed by Bud with “He-ey Bloomer” or “Bloomers” and a huge smile! Bud seemed to have a nickname for everyone and if I wasn’t lumped in with “Bloomer”, I was Lis-er and Konner was “the Kon-man”. We will certainly miss his friendly greetings, banter, cocktail hour and the late night conversations. Cheers to you, Bud! - Posted by: Ryan, Lisa & Konner Bloomer (Friends that were made to feel like family) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • Jane, June and Scott, I am deeply saddened by and so sorry to hear that Bud is gone. I will always cherish the time I spent with your family, especially at VB on long weekends and on Thanksgiving. Bud made everything fun and always had my favorite ice cream at the ready. Sometimes, on special occasions, he would even wear an Allison :-). Love you all so much, and am so very sorry for your loss. Jen xoxo - Posted by: Jennifer Ball (June’s friend ) on: Nov 26, 2022

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