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Wednesday February 6, 2013

LAKING: ROBERT THEROL (BUD)
Bud died quietly at St Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto, on January 22, 2013, aged 85, surrounded by family and friends. He was born September 11, 1927 in Ardill, SK. He grew up in CNR railway stations throughout the province, but he called Turtleford home. Bud is survived by his dear wife Shirley (nee McKean), daughter Roberta and son-in-law Robert Kananaj. He was predeceased by his father, railway agent-operator Edward Stanley Laking and his mother Mary Lila Muriel (nee Irvine) Laking of Watrous, and his brother Francis Edward (Ted) and his sister-in law Carol (nee Taylor) Laking. (His first recorded service was with the Battleford Light Infantry militia unit in Turtleford, then Interim Air Force, an ad hoc position that ended in November 1946. Given the option 'Go permanent or Go! he opted for more education: higher qualifications: brighter prospects). Bud received his B Comm (Administration) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1951. He paid his way through working summers at the Marathon Pulp Mill on the north shore of Lake Superior, staying with uncle Frank Irvine and Auntie Kat (MacPherson) Irvine. Bud received his commission in the RCAF in 1951 to serve as a Supply Officer at NATO pilot training bases Moose Jaw and Portage la Prairie, Air Materiel Command at Rockcliffe. No. 1 Fighter Wing, Marville, France, CJATC Rivers, Manitoba, then to serve as a Staff Officer (Logistics) in various Directorates working out of Ottawa, including the establishment of Northern Region HQ in Yellowknife. Honourably Discharged in 1976 with the rank of Major (Squadron Leader), he was awarded, (officially for years of undetected crime) the Canada Decoration with Clasp and for Cold War service in Europe, the NATO Medal and Bar. From DND he moved on to Customs and Excise, then to the Department of Transport as a warehousing specialist until final retirement in 1988. He signed up with the Federal Superannuates National Association. He and Shirley stayed in their little house in Ottawa until 2011, then moved near their daughter in Toronto, to live with other seniors at The Grenadier Residence on Bloor Street. As a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Orleans branch, and 410 William Barker VC Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force Association, he continued his life of service volunteering at the Rideau Veterans' Home (now PRVHC) in Ottawa. Being chosen as 410 'Member of the Year' 2000 made him a truly fulfilled and happy man. He was a natural athlete, enjoyed baseball (centre field) and hockey (left wing) eventually took up curling at Rivers (Supply Section entries were winners). An ardent New York Yankees supporter, he switched allegiance to the Blue Jays when Pro ball came to Canada. With Roberta and Robert he attended many games here, always until the last Out. Bud was known and loved by all who knew him for his loyalty, generosity of spirit, his kind heart, his sparkling charm in any group, his funny stories. ('Not interesting ... not worth telling'). He cared for all God's creatures, dogs first, and they all recognized in him a friend. A true Laking, his father taught him 'If you can't repay a kindness, pass it on. Wherever you can, pass it on anyway.' This he did, full measure, and passed the teaching on to his family. By his choice, his ashes will be with us for a Memorial Service on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2pm from St. Martin in the Fields Anglican Church, 151 Glenlake Avenue, at Keele Street, Toronto. Rev. Canon Philip Hobson officiating. PER ARDUA AD ASTRA

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