Murdo MacRae Smith, better known as Bud, passed away suddenly but peacefully due to complications of chronic leukemia on September 13, 2020, at the age of 85 with his family at his side.
Bud was the son of the late Foster Albert and Margaret Mary Smith and stepmother Maude Tooby. He was brother of the late Ross and Des.
Bud grew up a sporty, wise-cracking, nattily dressed, good-grades-getting gentleman in Centretown Ottawa, where he attended Percy Street Public School and Lisgar Collegiate. He earned his Chartered Accountant certification in 1958, the same year he met the love of his life, Sheila, a registered nurse. They were married on July 2, 1960.
Bud and Sheila were blessed with five children - Ross (May-Lin), Sharon (Steve), Wendy (Dave), Rosie (Dale) and Stephen (Karina). Together, they achieved the remarkable feat of raising five kids who still talk to each other and actually look forward to family get-togethers.
Further blessings included four granddaughters - Samantha (Rob), Miranda (Neil), Maia and Eila - and grandsons Dave and Daniel. He lived to hold his great-grandson, Robert, who was born on August 9. Bud was also best friend to several family dogs.
A career public servant, Bud worked 30 years at Revenue Canada before retiring in 1991. He loved family life and sports of all kinds. One of his greatest pleasures was coaching hockey and softball in Parkwood Hills, Nepean, where we lived in the 1970s and '80s.
In retirement, he enjoyed lawn bowling with Sheila at the Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club in Westboro, curling at the Granite Curling Club and square dancing with The Merry Squares. He also enjoyed volunteering and kept up friendships established in the late '50s through the Young People's Club at First United Church.
Bud was highly regarded by his sisters-in-law Anne Porter Paris (Hugh), the late Helen Porter (Gary) and brother-in-law Ian Porter (Kim) and was the much-loved happy uncle to their children. He was also the beloved uncle to Margaret (Smith) Findlay (Allan) and their son Ross.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a live-stream Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, October 10, at 2:00 p.m.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Ottawa Hospital for their compassionate care in Bud's last year. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bud's honour to the Arnprior Humane Society would be most welcome.