Remembering Owen Phillip Humphreys 1926 – 2011

The Lest We Forget.

Owen Phillip Humphreys

“Owen Phillip “Bud” Humphreys passed away peacefully on March 10, 2011 at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital after a long and interesting life. He was 84. Blessed with a generous personality and usually robust health he was struck with brain cancer while wintering in Yuma, Arizona. He leaves to mourn him, his five children, Jim (Rose) of Vancouver, John (Judy) Saskatoon, Anne of Miramichi, Joseph and Ted (Jessica) of Toronto, as well as sisters, Sally and Elain of Peterborough; a brother, David, in Toronto; seven grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many others that will remember his outgoing personality, pleasant smile and remarkable life.

His diverse career began in 1942 when he entered the Army during the Second World War at age 15. After that, he became a policeman, then a detective and later, a successful businessman. Throughout his life, he volunteered to help others. He was a Rotarian, Scout Master, and served on the executive of charitable organizations and boards. He was also a long time member of the Canadian Legion and Honorary Member of the American Legion. As a 32 Degree Mason a very dedicated Shriner, and life member of the Royal Order of Jesters and the “Visitante Distinguido” by the Mexican Government for his work with disabled children.

He touched many in his very full life and never lost his sense of curiosity. He travelled to India at age “80” and planned to go to the Philippines later the year he passed away. He enjoyed travel, hiking, fishing, carpentry, and also working with stained and slumped glass.  A connoisseur of fine food, the occasional glass of wine, and always good coffee. His keen mind and warm humour will be missed by many. He led a complete life and headed out on this, his last earthly journey, knows this and wishing everyone peace and good cheer.” On his parting he wanted no formal service humble to the end.

He was an excellent grandfather to me and showed great character. If there was a man of faith he did so by example.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And  until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

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