October 1934 – August 6 2017
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of beloved husband, father and grandfather, Lewis (Bud) Fox. Bud passed away in Royal Inland Hospital, at the age of 82, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by his wife of 60+ years, Dorothy, children Louise, Patricia (Ray), Jim, grandchildren Christa, Amaris, Daniel, Gilead, Robert, Eva-Marie, Lewis and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is predeceased by his parents Lew and Eva, sister Betty, brother-in-law John and brothers James and Stewart.
Bud was born on and spent his life on Duck Range on the family farm where he resided until his health required him to move to Overlander Extended Care Hospital in 2013. He married Dorothy Van Boeyen, in 1957. A social man, he enjoyed old-time dancing and square dancing with Dorothy and they instilled a love of dancing in their kids. Bud was involved in his community, being a founding member of the Pritchard Community Association and holding office for many years as Secretary –Treasurer and President of the Martin Prairie Farmers Institute. He fully believed in giving back to his community and supported the Pritchard Rodeo. In addition to farming, he also drove trucks for Arrow Transport, Purity Feed and Hazelhurst & McKim Logging. Education was very important to Bud. He attended a 1 room school on Duck Range for grades 1 to 8. Moving to Kamloops to complete his schooling, he graduated from Kamloops Secondary School in 1952. Bud then attended Youth Training School at UBC, Cariboo College, and Simon Fraser University. He strongly encouraged his children to continue their studies after graduating from Kamloops Senior Secondary. After family, his great love was for his horses, cattle and the family farm. One of his greatest joys was sitting on his horse watching his cattle graze. In 2009, he was proud to receive the Century Farm Award for a farm owned and operated by the family for over one hundred years. In 2014, The BC Cowboy Heritage Society further recognized Bud's contribution to the BC ranching industry by inducting the Fox Ranch into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame in the category of Century Ranch.
Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, therapists and health care assistants at Royal Inland Hospital 7N and Overlander Extended Care Hospital who took wonderful care of Bud, showed compassion and professionalism at all times, and made him feel loved during his trials.
Death leaves a heartache no-one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no-one can steal.
Forever loved and deeply missed.
Interment will be held at 11:00 am at the Duck Range Union Cemetery. Celebration of Life will be held at the Pritchard Community Hall, 1941 Duck Range Rd. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Condolences may be sent to www.schoeningfuneralservice.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either of:
Parkinson's Society of BC
540 Seymour St. Kamloops BC
Canadian Diabetes Association
1589 Sutherland Ave. Kelowna BC
Arrangements under the direction of Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, British Columbia.