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Walter Hutchison "Bud" Lee Jr.

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Walter Hutchison "Bud" Lee Jr. Obituary
Walter Hutchison Lee Jr. "Bud"

Walter "Bud" Hutchison Lee Jr. died November 12, 2012 after a nearly seven year bout with Lewy Body Dementia. He was surrounded by family, prayer and song in the home he loved.

Bud was born on August 22, 1938 in Wilmington Hospital. Raised in Middletown, DE as the son of a doctor, he attended The Wilmington Friends School before graduating from Westminster School in 1957 and from Washington & Lee University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in European History.

After attending Washington & Lee Law School, Bud moved to Wilmington, DE where he started a successful real estate firm called The Greenville Company. It was during this time that Bud met his wife Valerie, started a family, and sowed his roots in the Wilmington community. In addition to his time as a residential realtor, Bud worked as a Financial Advisor at Legg Mason, and served as Director of Development for the Tatnall School. While working at Tatnall, he also taught history to 7th grade students, one of his most enjoyable professional endeavors.

Bud was an avid oil painter, a passion he inadvertently discovered while taking an art class in college, and later pursued and refined tirelessly until he could no longer paint. Bud loved to travel, explore, scavenge for antiques, dance, sing, rake leaves, but most of all, spend time with his surviving sons, Carter Hutchison Lee and Bryan Walker Lee, his adoring wife of 44 years, Valerie Wier Lee and his three grandchildren, Hutch, Eliza, and Wilson.

Bud's smile, kindness, charm, laughter, and zest for life, will not soon be forgotten.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 pm on Saturday, November 17, at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, 505 E. Buck Road, Greenville, DE 19807.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation [].

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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2012
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