The Scott family sadly announces the passing of “Bud”, Willam Robert Scott in Lloydminster, Alberta.
Bud, as he was known to all, was born and raised in Spirit River, Alberta and pretty much grew up in his dad’s welding shop where his love for tools and welding shaped his adult life and passion. Bud started his career early, building trucks, trailers and sleighs for his younger brothers and sisters. Working on the farm with his Dad, he learned the love of the land and had it figured out how to grow things successfully. Later in life we all saw how he could grow anything from a seed.
Years ago, when he came home from Saudi Arabia, he actually brought home cactus seeds from those deserts. And, yes, he grew a massive cactus from those seeds, that took years to mature, to his pride and joy. His gardens, year after year, always produced an abundance of vegetables for the winter.
Bud advanced himself from welder to a full Millwright Mechanic, welder. This took him to places unknown for winter work. Staying in bush camps year after year keeping all the pipeline equipment working in the cold north. When winter work finally shut down for break up, he would be back home on his acreage and strike up his welder building Hydraulic Tank Movers for the oilfield. He was always coming up with new ideas. His talent took him to Alaska Airlines where he also worked on the big aircraft engines. Not many engines he did not know inside and out. From Alaska to the burning Saudi sands to work on their massive pipeline projects. The stories and pictures he brought back were incredible.
His dream was to go gold mining in Alaska with good friends he had made there but sadly time ran out. Always the great outdoors man and hunter, he would have American hunters come up to meet him yearly on these escapades. Bud, a crack shot, never came out of the bush empty handed.
Those stories would last for hours as well. Bud was always a man’s man, solitary life but when he walked into a room, he filled it. He liked to be known as a gangster as he called himself, and would laugh and roar over his past shenanigans. He entertained many with his talents.
His other dream was to have a son and he was truly blessed when Andy came into his life. A son to pass on his skills and love for life, Andy too is a successful welder and mechanic, following some of his Dad’s footsteps.
Bud is predeceased by his two brothers, Wayland (Royce) and Garfield, Mother and Father, Ruby and Ted Scott.
Leaving us his son Andy and Debbie, 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, step daughter Heather, brother Van, sisters Caroline and Beverly, numerous nieces and nephews, and so many friends at home here and worldwide, he will be missed for sure.
Celebration of life will be held in the fall.