Kenneth E. Butchard (Bud)
September 23, 1930 – December 19, 2019
Master Warrant Officer Kenneth Butchard (Ret.)
Born in Edmonton in 1930, Ken moved with his family to Langley in 1946 and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1951 with basic training at Jericho in Vancouver.
Soon thereafter, he served a peacekeeping mission in Berlin, Germany. Upon his return, he was stationed at CFB Borden in Barrie, Ontario and after that posting, he was stationed at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick. Next, he was transferred back west to CFB Chilliwack 1962 – 1971, during which time he had another peacekeeping mission in Cyprus in 1968. From there he went to CFB, Esquimalt naval base (Victoria) from 1971 – 1973 and served on HMCS Terra Nova where he had a ports-of-call around the world tour of duty. Next, he had a posting to London, England and worked at The Canadian High Commission in Grosvenor Square, 1973 – 1976. Back in Canada, Ken was re-stationed at CFB Esquimalt 1976 – 1980 and then went onto CFB Holberg Radar Base 1980 – 1982 on the north of Vancouver Island. After this, Ken went to Alberta; CFB Griesbach, Edmonton from 1982 – 1985, at which point he retired, but continued to work as a civilian on base as an internal auditor until 1990.
In retirement he and Edie travelled throughout central Canada and back to Eastern Canada and the northern U.S. After 25 years in Edmonton Ken and Edie moved to Quesnel, BC near their son in 2007, where he lived until his recent passing on December 19th, 2019. Edie predeceased him in February 29th, 2008.
Thank you Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa for all your thoughtful gifts throughout the years.
Kenneth E. Butchard (Bud)
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May 26, 2020
I have many fond memories of Uncle Bud, starting with our family trips to Edmonton, Chilliwack and Esquimalt to visit him while stationed at these locations. With him being in the Armed Forces, that was always fascinating to me as a young child and that opinion never changed as I grew older even when respect took over as my primary opinion for a person who dedicated himself to protecting our country.
Hard to pick a fond memory but something that clearly stands out for me was his visit to Ontario back in 2002 where we all met in Barry's Bay for a family reunion. Uncle Bud was with Aunt Edie, and I brought along my Mom and my daughter Megan for the trip. Attached is a photo from that trip and although not my last photo of Uncle Bud, one I cherish as it has both him and Aunt Edie, plus my Mom and me. Was a wonderful trip and learning about our extended family was made that much more impactful by having him there to pass along bits of information he got from my grandfather.
We had planned to visit for the service but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we had to cancel our plans. On our next visit back to Vancouver, we will ensure to visit Murrayville to pay our respects.