COLBORNE, William O. (Bud)
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Veteran oil patch Landman Bud Colborne passed away on Friday, December 21, 2012 at the Beverly Center Lake Midnapore, Calgary AB from natural causes at the tender age of 85. A husband to two beautiful wives in his life, both of whom predeceased him (Paddy in 1984 and Judith Ann (Judy) in 2006), father to eleven children, grandfather to twenty-three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Bud was quite the character! He is survived by all of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his sister Pat Blakely and her immediate family as well as two sisters-in-law, two brothers- in-law and their respective families and we will all miss him dearly. Born June 5, 1927 to homesteader parents in Mannville, AB, Bud was raised with his sister during the Great Depression and Dirty 30's. The family relocated to Red Deer, AB in the early 1940's where he was schooled both academically and in life experiences. Bud joined Gulf's geophysical team in 1945 as a surveyor and moved to the Land group in 1950 where he honed his skills as a Landman for the next few years. The first six of their eleven children were raised while the family was on the move throughout Alberta during Bud's early days of his oil patch career with Gulf Oil/BA Oil. In 1958, he left Gulf and then teamed up with the late Danny Spittall to form one of the early full service land consulting firms in Alberta and three years later, in 1961, Bud Colborne was Allied Land Services Ltd. As a testament of his business acumen that company operates today in the hands of the next generations. Bud and Paddy settled on Calgary as their home permanently from 1956 while the family continued to grow to include eleven children. Men worked hard and played hard in the patch in those days with great endurance and it may be noted that Bud worked, played and partied harder than most. Neither sleep nor relaxation seemed part of any man's daily ritual. Bud was a ringleader and the life of the party while upright and not fighting! Subsequent to Paddy's passing in 1984, Bud was more than fortunate to find another wonderful woman in Judith Ann Halpin. They married and settled in Bragg Creek until Judy's passing. Thereafter, he relocated to Calgary in 2010. Bud was a longtime member of Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) and International Right of Way Association (IRWA). He was a renowned story teller with a keen mind for details and his sons would forever ply him to share all the good stuff that he would never tell Paddy or his daughters. Most of those stories are somewhat treasured and will undoubtedly long survive him. Bud was a fearless (not skilled) trail riding snow-mobiler and ice boater and most times due to his nature he would walk away wounded, of course never showing any pain. Over the years Bud's crusty exterior eroded and his numerous grandchildren were net benefactors of his genuine love for his family and his keen interest in their lives. At Bud's request there will be no Funeral Service. Now, also at Bud's request, there will be a farewell party for all to attend. Details will be announced sometime in the New Year. The family would like to thank the staff at the Beverly Center, Staywell Manor, the doctors and nursing staff at the Rockyview Hospital, and especially his amazing caregivers with Home Instead, Amanda, McKenzie and Missy Jo, for providing the best of care and comfort that Bud required and expected. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Bud Colborne, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Dec. 24 to Dec. 29, 2012