Obituary of James Bud Austen Forbes
James Austen Forbes, or better known as 'Bud', was born in Big River SK, on July 29, 1940. Bud was the second born of 7 children. He grew up in Big River and attended school until Grade 8. Shortly after that, he started work at the age of 16. In 1963 Bud started work at the Gardiner Dam near Cutbank SK. That same year, he met Grace & they started their courtship. Bud and Grace's relationship blossomed. They married on October 16, 1965. Grace then moved to live with Bud in Cutbank SK. In 1966, they started their family, welcoming their first-born son Pat. Bud did many jobs all around. He worked for a short time in Chamberlain in 1967 where they lived as a family. Bud and Grace returned home to Big River in 1969. Bud started working for Sask Forest Products in 1970. They moved on to the current family farm in 1972. That same year, their family was complete with the birth of their second son Howard. Bud continued working with Sask Forest Products while they transitioned to Weyerhaeuser in 1986. He went on to get his GED in 1996 which would help him further his education. Bud started schooling for his Journeymen's Parts Person Certificate in 1997, which was successfully completed in 1999. Bud retired in May 2002 after a steady working career of 32 years. He retired from Weyerhaeuser but continued his work on the family farm with his cattle. In 2010 he completely retired and enjoyed his time spent with his family, 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. In 2017 Bud was awarded his 25 years of service with Elks Canada. He continued as a standing member for a few years longer. Buds' family and friends will remember him for the hardworking man that he was as well as his clever tricks & jokes. He may have loved to joke but everyone who knew him know, Bud was always a kind well-mannered and loving man. There are many stories that should be shared but we would be here all day. His family looks forward to hearing some from all of you later today. Bud will be greatly missed by all.
The Forbes family would like to send their greatest appreciation to all who helped in Buds journey over the past few years. We couldn't have gotten through these times without all your love and support. Thank you all so very much from the bottom of our hearts.
James" Bud" Austen Forbes, late of RM of Big River, SK, passed away on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at Big River Health Centre in Big River, SK. Memorial Service was held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at Big River Community Hall. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to Lakewood Lodge Auxillary( Box 846 Big River SK. S0J 0E0). Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are welcome to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lynn Anderson Funeral Director, Shellbrook, SK 306-747-2828.