Roy "Bud" A. Laird|
July 11, 1923 - Feb. 24, 2014
Resident of Oakley
Roy "Bud" A. Laird, 90, of Oakley, died peacefully on Feb. 24 in Antioch, surrounded by many family members. He was born on July 11, 1923 in Oakland, to Roy and Edith Laird. He served in the army during WWII in Germany in the 413th anti-aircraft gun battalion, 49th Brigade. He landed at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France in June, 1944, and was also in the Battle of the Bulge. He had many memories of his time in Germany and France and often shared these stories.
Bud married Marjorie Neudeck in 1949 and they lived in Castro Valley, where Bud owned several markets. They moved their family to Antioch in 1974, where Bud owned Laird's Meat Block. They moved to Mountain Ranch in 1977 where he worked as a butcher in San Andreas. He moved back to Antioch in 2004 to be close to his sons, and settled in Oakley in 2009.
Bud had a strong Catholic faith and enjoyed watching EWTN daily. He also enjoyed watching classic movies, visits and phone calls from family and friends and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He especially enjoyed his time with his great-granddaughter, Lily, who provided him with countless hours of entertainment.
Bud is survived by his children: Timothy (Carol), Paul (Sharon), of Oakley; Thomas (Diana) of Antioch; Mary Ricketts of El Dorado Hills and Elizabeth Edwards of Herald; sister Marge (Stu) Baty of Castro Valley; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Bud was pre-deceased by his wife of 49 years, Marjorie; sons Gregory of Castro Valley and Stephen of Oakland; brothers George of Turlock, and Bill of Livermore; sister Pat McCormick of Walnut Creek; sons-in-law David Edwards of Galt and Les Ricketts of El Dorado Hills.
Visitation will be at Higgins Chapel in Antioch from 4-8pm with the rosary at 7pm on Wednesday, March 5; funeral Mass at Holy Rosary Church in Antioch at 11am on Thursday, March 6. He will be interred in Angels Camp.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Father Ignatius Govindu, Velankanni School for the Deaf and Mute, c/o Compass Bank, 479 S. Main St., Angels Camp, CA 95222.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 2, 2014