OBITUARY

Edmund J. Button

August 17, 1946February 19, 2021

Intelligent, careful, rational, innovative, creative—that’s who Ted was. No longer are we able to access that interesting mind, or derive a benefit from his careful record keeping and thoughtful responses to a question. He left us--as usual, first, at least in the Victoria group—on February 19, 2021.

While polio defined his physical limitations, it also engendered a spark of resilience, and innovation. Ted’s world was not an ordinary place. And although he had to fight for his rightful place in the world, when he gained entry, he was welcomed absolutely since his mind had a way of finding the unturned stone, often resulting in a new direction.

At work, he was stellar. Beginning at Manitoba Data Services as a programmer—after having graduated from Red River Community College with straight A’s in the computer program—and evolving to leadership roles, he became a project manager and finally, also, a CEO.

Manitoba winters were not easy for Ted. Victoria became the place he wanted to live—no snow—but no one told him about the hills! He worked for BCSC where one of his great achievements was being the project manager who coordinated the move to the big new building on Blanshard. He diversified by leaving government to be part of the management team at Hi-Tech, worked at MicroC, returned to BCSC before he jumped to IBM. Retiring in 2012, Ted enjoyed designing and creating lamps with his brother Ken. Left to fill their lives without him are his wife, Rita; his brother, Ken and wife Olga, a niece, Louise, and a nephew Jim. Thankfully, friends and colleagues are too numerous to identify here, but all have formed an amazing cohort of caring people. Their dedication to looking after those who are left behind are a magnificent dramatization of the respect and love they have for Ted.

And so, the boy who was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba on August 17, 1946 and who became seriously ill with polio in 1953, overcame an incredible number of obstacles, thanks, in large part to his parents and his brother, survived and thrived to become a positive force not only in the world of technology but also in the world of friends and family.

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Coll Campbell

February 26, 2021

Worked with Ted for many years at BCSC. Ted was one of the good ones, always enjoyed his conversation, respected and valued his judgement and remember his smile and humour when we were all out for a beverage. Truly, one of the guys who just made the place we all worked at a much nicer place.

My thoughts are with his family and of his cheerful smile and laugh each time I was fortunate our paths crossed.