June 16, 1930 – April 17, 2021
at the age of 90 years
With heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of Butch at Bastion Place. He was born in Steveston, BC and raised in Rainer, AB, the middle child of ten. He met his beautiful loving wife Bea Shorten in Brooks, AB. They shared 62 years of marriage until Bea’s passing in 2015. They had four children: Rodney and Michele (Calgary), Cameron and Elfie (Calgary), Debora and Stephen (Sorrento) and the youngest Gary (Calgary).
Dad was part of five generations, wonderful Dad, grandpa, great grandpa and great, great grandpa. He was thrilled when his recent great grandchild was named after him.
He had a very successful carpet laying business in Calgary which all three sons joined. They chose to retire in Sorrento in the early 1980s, came out to fish and bought a house. They loved looking out at Copper Island and catching rainbow trout. Later on, they bought a 5th wheeler and went down south to Arizona for the winter. Dad never passed a casino without giving it a try, and he also loved to bet on the horses.
He resided the last five years at Bastion Place and the love and care from all the staff was exceptional. They treat him with respect, patience, and love, thank you to each and every one of you. Also thanks for the wonderful care from Dr. Bruinsma.
There is no service by request. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC would be appreciated.
Gone but never forgotten. Rest in peace Dad.
Rest In Peace my dear Grandpa “Ojichan”. I have many fond memories of time spent with you when I was a child coming out to Sorrento for the summer and will never forget all the laughter we shared at jokes. You were a wonderful grandpa always baking and cooking Japanese meals for us , playing cards and even took me to my first horse racing experience in Calgary . I remember standing in line with you as you made a bet for a winner!
You would always make me laugh and vice versa and played a mean card game. I have nothing but a heart filled with wonderful memories as your grand daughter.