MELVIN GEORGE “BUD” WOOLLEY
November 12, 1921 – July 12, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bud Woolley in the Polson Extended Care Facility of the Vernon
Jubilee Hospital with his wife and many loving family members at his bedside. Bud experienced a long period of ill-health
which culminated in an extraordinarily difficult time in recent weeks. His grieving family takes a measure of consolation in
recognizing that he is now freed from that pain and suffering.
Born in Cranbrook, BC, he grew up and was educated in Kimberley, BC. After working for a short time in the mines in the
Kimberley area, Bud left Kimberley and traveled to Vancouver where he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy.
A World War II veteran, Bud was a wireless radio operator on North Atlantic convoys, serving on the HMCS Mulgrave and
was believed to be the last surviving crew member of the HMCS Bittersweet. He often joked that, never able to go to sea
without becoming seasick, he traveled between Canada and Britain “by rail”, leaning over the side of the ship.
Upon discharge from the Navy, Bud returned to BC, acquired certification as a Certified General Accountant and ultimately
built a career with BC Hydro from which he retired as an (“ASS”) Administrative Services Supervisor in 1980.
Bud was pre-deceased by his father Frank Edgar Woolley in 1986, his mother Marguerite Woolley in 1975, his sister Mary
Hunt in 2012 and his older brother Frank while he was still a young child.
In addition to his sister Amy Anderson, Bozeman, Montana, Bud’s surviving family consists of his son Melvin (Margaret)
Woolley, their children Sylvia Legeyt, Evan Woolley, Katherine Woolley and Mutch Woolley, all of Calgary, AB; Bud’s son
Ronald (Cheryl) Woolley, and their children Nicole and Chelsea, all of Calgary; and Bud’s daughter Marilyn (Moe) Roze of
Vernon, BC and their children Melissa of Victoria, BC and Mathew of Vernon, BC. Three great-grandchildren, all of Calgary,
AB are Olie, Sam and Will Legeyt.
Bud and Marion Ora Brears were married in September 1972, an event which included an immediate ready-made family
who grew to love him as well.
Remembering Bud, in addition to Marion his wife of almost 43 years, his large step-family consists of Fay (Herb) Arbuckle,
Vernon, BC; Marsha (Richard) Comazzetto, Vernon, BC; Delmer Brears (Sharon Woelke), Prince George, BC; Ora-Lynne
(Marvin) Day, Edmonton, AB; and Shelly (Bryan) Dorigo, Vernon, BC.
Bud is survived and remembered by 11 grandchildren: Kelly (Leon) Meier, Lavington, BC; Kevin (Nicole) Arbuckle, Vernon,
BC; Shauna Comazzetto, Vernon, BC; Alaina (Jeremy) Harrison, Meadow Lake, SK; Chandelle Brears, Prince George, BC;
Chad Day, Jasper, AB, Melissa (Colin) Lolacher, Calgary, AB; Brett Day, Edmonton, AB; Vanessa (Jeramie) Pokorny, Vernon,
BC; Brandon Dorigo, Lumby, BC; and Andreaha Dorigo, Vernon, BC. His grand-daughter Falisha Dorigo pre-deceased him in
Bud is further survived by 9 great-grandchildren: Logan and Karleigh Meier, Gavin and Ella Arbuckle, MacGregor and Finnley
Harrison, Teiha Lolacher, and Tristan and Julianna Pokorny.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation for
allocation to the Polson Extended Care Facility.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Bethel Funeral Chapel, 5605 27th Street, Vernon, BC where the funeral
will take place at 11:00 AM Friday July 17th, 2015, officiated by Pastor Elmer Mushumanski of St. John’s Lutheran Church,
Vernon. Following interment in the Vernon Cemetery, friends are invited to join the family for a light lunch to be served at
the Bethel Chapel.