OBITUARY

Wilmer "Bud" Sawatzky

December 21, 1937December 26, 2017

Wilmer was born the sixth of nine children to Ben and Mary Sawatzky. He was born in Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan on December 21, 1937. When he was brought home from the hospital his three older sisters called him Buddy and he has been Bud ever since. At the age of five Bud lost his brother, Elmer who was just two years older than Bud. This loss has always been remembered. Bud attended the Whiteby, one room school, until he was 8 years old. In 1946 Bud’s family left Saskatchewan by train and settled in Abbotsford. He grew up on a mixed farm with his seven siblings. He attended the Huntingdon Elementary School, Airport Middle School, and Phillip Sheffield High School where he graduated in 1955.

While living on the farm Bud observed C.P. Air piston airplanes and dreamed of someday becoming a pilot. During that time in his life, Bud with his cousin, Henry Krahn watched the movie, “The Missing Christian” after which he accepted the Lord as his personal Saviour. As a teenager Bud was baptized. In Bud’s last year of High School he met his wife to be, Sylvia. After Graduation, Bud went to Vancouver to work at B.A. Oil and went to night school at U.B.C. Working in a Service Station led to being an independent Service Station operator in several locations. It was during this time that Bud married his sweetheart, Sylvia in 1958. After two children were born (Mike and Paddi-Lou) Bud decided to pursue his dream of a flying career. It was at that time that their third child, Pamela was born. After three years Bud got his first flying job at Air West in Vancouver, B.C. Two years later Bud joined Pacific Western Airlines out of Edmonton, Alberta as a first officer on a DC4 flying in the Arctic. The family moved to Edmonton and enjoyed the new friends there. With a promotion to fly a Boeing 707 out of Vancouver, moving back to Vancouver made the family very happy. After two years of flying internationally Bud was promoted to Captain of a Lougheed Electra flying into the Arctic. The family was moved to Edmonton permanently. Two years later, Bud was promoted to fly a Boeing 737 out of Edmonton. While living there, the family enjoyed going to Penticton, BC to camp and water ski for a month every summer; a very memorable time for all. They took several trips to Hawaii with the children and sometimes just Bud and Sylvia enjoyed those times too. On February 14, 1978, while Bud was playing racquet ball, he suffered a heart attack. Unfortunately, Bud had to give up his flying career. The family moved back to Vancouver where Bud recuperated and took the position as a simulator instructor in Vancouver. It was at this time that Bud and Sylvia bought a cabin cruiser and enjoyed charter salmon fishing as well as boating with family and friends. After 18 months, he was promoted to Director of Aircraft Sales and Leasing. Bud had a successful career in this position worldwide. He was then loaned to Guiness Peat Aviation and acted as Vice President of Americas based in Stamford, Connecticut for one year after which he again pursued his former position with P.W.A. in Vancouver. In 1995 Bud retired from Canadian Airlines.

In 1998 Bud had open heart surgery, after recovery, he purchased a Motor Home and he and Sylvia began to travel to many southern destinations. Spending most of the time in Mesa, AZ for eleven winters where he played tennis and enjoyed good health and many new friends. Bud’s hobbies were gardening, tennis and travel. Bud and Sylvia went on many cruises and trips enjoying their travels together. The family meant a lot to Bud; never missing a recital, ballgames and functions as these were joyful times for him. Children Mike (Joanne), Paddi-Lou (Allan Tieszen) and Pamela (Ken Cannon); grandchildren Paige, Kyle (Meagan), Tyler, Alanna, Esther (Taylor), Joshua (Rachel), Katelyn and Shaylene; great grandchildren River, Roger and Beth. Bud enjoyed being a friend, partner, husband and lover to his wife, Sylvia, of over 59 years.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Peace Portal Alliance Church, 15128 27B Avenue, Surrey, BC.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, January 3, 2018
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Wilmer "Bud" Sawatzky

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February 23, 2018

Heartfelt condolences are extended to your family at this difficult time. Seek the love and support God provides to help you cope during this time - Psalms 29:11

Frank Schroeder

January 11, 2018

Saddened to hear of Bud's passing. Fondly remembered from our high school days at Phillip Sheffield in Abbotsford.

Chuck Reichert

January 5, 2018

For those of us left behind, we will always remember Bud's great sense of humour, his laugh and always positive outlook. To his family and close friends, my condolences and prayers.

January 4, 2018

Sylvia,Mike,Paddi,Alan,Ken and family. Our hearts are very sad for your loss, indeed for the loss of all of us! Bud was "Special"...."One of a kind"...always so positive, always able to inject humour and make a bad situation seem better! We didn't get together as much these last few years and we regret that very much! So many memories....when we first met....picking-up Beaver OBZ from Bud in Vancouver...all the great times in Edmonton (PWA) and all the great times on the west coast (PWA & Canadian)! Our thoughts are with you...we will miss Bud very much but know that he is already looking down, happy and smiling!
God Bless!

Marie & Dave Geekie

January 4, 2018

Sylvia, Mike, Paddi, Pam, Allan, Ken and family. Our hearts are very sad for your loss, indeed for the loss of all of us! Bud was "Special"..."One Of A Kind"...always so positive, always able to inject humour and make a bad situation seem better! We didn't get together as much these last few years and we regret that very much! So many memories...when we first met...picking-up Beaver OBZ from Bud in Vancouver....all the great times in Edmonton (PWA) and all the great times on the West coast (PWA & Canadian)! Our thoughts are with you...we will miss Bud very much but know he is already looking down, happy and smiling!
God Bless.

Marie & Dave Geekie

January 3, 2018

Sylvia and family
Very sorry to hear of Bud's passing. We have fond memories of our early days at PWA and our many nice get togethers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of deep sorrow
Bob and Angela Martin

Hank Dominy

January 2, 2018

Sylvia, I am saddened to hear of Bud's death. He will missed by not only myself but by all the Pacific Western people. My heartfelt condolences to you and all your family.

Loraine Dale

January 2, 2018

Sylvia, so sorry to hear of Bud's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We miss you in Greenfield.

January 2, 2018

Sylvia and family
we were saddened to hear that Bud is no longer with us. It won't be the same without him that is for sure. Our hearts reach out to you as you go through this dark valley we feel your pain. May God grant you peace and loving fond memories of the good times we all enjoyed with him. We are not able to come due to weather but will be thinking of you and praying for you and yours May God bless you
your friends Phil and Joan Peskett

Winston Wammer

January 2, 2018

We will miss our friend and colleague. A good guy, always helpful and always with the best humor and great jokes.
Our deepest condolences to all the Sawatzky family.
Winston, Sharon, Paul and Shannon Wammer