E.J. Byram (Bud) January 7, 1928 – May 9, 2019
Bud Byram passed away on May 9th at 91 years young peacefully at his home. Bud was predeceased by his wife, Joyce Byram and his grandson Brodie MacDonald.
Bud leaves to mourn his loss his children: Hazel (Mike) Koschel, Ron (Linda) Byram, Ken (Ellen) Byram Darlene (Brad) Wilson. His grandchildren; Lisa (Joey) Sullivan, Keyton Wilson, Nathan (Leanne) MacDonald, Jared (Lauren) Wilson, Amy (Joel) Sibthorpe, Greg Wilson, Tessa Wilson, Joe Byram, and Eric Byram. His great grandchildren Pepper, Luna, and two on the way.
Bud was a force of nature, deeply loving, opinionated, and proudly himself. He was born in East End Saskatchewan on what surely was a cold day in January 1928. His parents moved the family to Alberta with the prospect of a job, food, and shelter for the family that was deeply impacted by the Great Depression.
As a young man he became part of our oil industry. After marrying Joyce, they continued to move throughout the province following the rigs while raising a young family. With the family requiring more stability Bud took a job with Mobil Oil. While he started in Drayton Valley, he was transferred to Edmonton and then to Calgary. His position with Mobil Oil was a source of immense pride to him. However, in 1970 the entrepreneur in Bud took hold and he started the first of several companies that serviced the oil and gas industry in Alberta. Moving with his family back to Drayton Valley, he enjoyed a long, successful, and colourful career.
Bud and Joyce enjoyed many years of travel, exploring the world together. His main food source on those trips was his precious Mars bars. Bud and Joyce spent many happy years at their places on Pigeon Lake as well as in Mesa, Arizona. He proudly knew every “greasy spoon” and pie place between Drayton Valley and Mesa. As a dedicated and loving spouse Bud committed himself fully to Joyce as she battled through years with Alzheimer’s. He struggled with grief but in true Bud fashion he pushed on.
He moved with Joyce to Edmonton to receive appropriate care for her. However, he missed Drayton Valley and the people. He has watched how Drayton Valley struggled with the recent political and economic challenges; worried and sad about a community and the people who meant so much to him.
Bud spent his last few years enjoying his own home while commuting in his beloved car to the neighbourhood breakfast spots. He loved his family more than anything. His children and their spouses, his grandchildren and their spouses, and his great grand daughters meant the world to him. He was always phoning and checking in on everyone all the while sharing his opinions – a Bud trademark. Nothing in the world brought him more joy than seeing his family together and being able to take everyone out to eat. He was a man of simple pleasures, his family, his car, prime rib, and pancakes.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Bud’s memory to The Leduc #1 Museum and Discover Center 6, 20 Haven Avenue, Devon, AB, T9G 2B9 or the Nutrition Program at Eldorado School in Drayton Valley at Wild Rose School Division, re: Eldorado School Nutrition Program 4762 – 50th Street Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1P1.