I met Bud in July 2009, shortly before moving Patricia Grant from Edmonton to Victoria BC. She was with Carmen in Victoria and informed me that Bud wanted to take me to dinner at the UofA faculty club and an Edmonton Eskimos football game.
Dinner was engaging and I was immediately struck by this gentleman and his conversational skills.
While riding the Light Rail Transit into the tunnel under downtown, Bud informed me that the Paris metro has wheels on the side of the cars to steady the train as it enters tunnels. I asked when he was in Paris and his answer of 1944 left me speechless. I knew immediately that this was someone I had to get to know better.
My wife Cherry and I saw Bud several times over the last four years and were left better for each encounter. Most recently only a few weeks before he returned to Des Moines this spring.
It was truly a privilege to know a brilliant, honourable gentleman such as Bud.