Albert Johnston Bennett

Albert Johnston Bennett

Born August 17, 1929, fourth child of Polly and Harold Bennett of Ootsa Lake Bud had 2 older sisters, Kathleen and Dorothy and a brother Bill, all of them grew up at Ootsa Lake. Although his name was Albert he was his siblings little Buddy and the name Bud stuck.

Bud guided and cooked for the surveyors of the pre flooding of Ootsa Lake. Bud moved to Danskin when he was 15 where he met his lifelong friend Clarence Anderson.

Bud starting working in Burns Lake driving truck, when he was 16 and worked at various jobs in the lumber industry.

Bud met his wife to be Evelyne Eckland in 1951 and married her on January 12, 1952.

They were blessed with their first child Brenda in Dec. 1952, and then the flood began. Sherry arrived in 1953 (died in infancy), Randy July 1959, Shelley Oct. 1956, Kevin Dec 1957, Dolores July 1959, and Billy May 1966.

One day in 1960 bud happened into McConnell’s Machine Shop and Bob McConnell hired him. Bud worked in the machine shop for 4 years and then he bought McConnell’s Machine Shop. Bud and Evelyne also bought Omineca Distributors next door to the shop and they ran the 2 business jointly until about 1987, when they sold both businesses and basically retired.

Bud and Evelyne enjoyed a lot of life together including many hours of boating, camping, fishing, snowmobiling, spending time at their cabin on Francois Lake. They travelled together to many countries including Spain, Tenerife, Mexico and many other places.

Bud and Evelyne lived together in the same house 3 miles west of town for 50 years, until 2010 when they both had to move to town due to failing health. Bud was diagnosed with cancer shortly after moving into Tweedsmuir House. His health failed steadily until his illness sent into the Lakes District Hospital for the final 5 weeks of his life. Bud slipped away in the early morning of March 19, 2012.

A memorial service was held at Island Gospel Church on March 24, 2012.

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