When his father first laid eyes on his newborn son he stated, "He is just a little bud." And so, on February 10, 1927, the life of Arthur "Bud" Turnbull began. Coming home to the ranch in Big Stone Alberta, he was the youngest of the Turnbull family, preceded by three brothers and a sister. In death, as in life, Bud was the last one to be called home to join his family in blissful eternity.
His youth was spent working alongside his family on the farm where he developed a strong work ethic that served him, his family and his community well all his life.
On August 17th, 1948 he married Bessie Donaldson and settled down on their home place south of Cereal. With the same exacting methods Bud used throughout his life, he and Bessie set to work turning their house into a home and heir land into a livelihood. The near-perfect, painstakingly planned, measured, and planted ring of trees that encircles their home is a living testament to Bud's belief that if you do things right the first time, they won't need to be done again. Bud and Bessie's dreams came to life in 4 children and 64 years of love and labour on the "Spring Valley Farms". While raising children, teaching valuable life lessons and prioritizing family time, Bud also served his community as a bus driver for 33 years. Driving bus was always a welcome morning routine and never a labour of necessity. Beginning each day by shuttling children (including his own) to school spread his roots in the community and established deep and enduring connections between his life and the lives he touched.
In both fatherhood and grandfatherhood he led by example with his jovial demeanor and selfless generosity of time, knowledge and love. Lessons were taught with quiet humbleness and time was given without hesitation. Regardless of friend or family, Bud was always easy to be around and left no doubt that he was invested in you. His unmistakable laugh was one of his endearing identifiers and it, along with everything else made Arthur Turnbull "Bud" will surely be missed by all.
Due to Covid19 regulations, this is a private service. Livestreaming will be available on Tues December 15th, 2020 at 2pm.
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