January 1918 to April 2014
Bus (Buster) was born in Peace River, Alberta on January 23, 1918. The family moved to Ponoka when Bus was 8 years old and then to Edmonton where he began his hockey career. From Edmonton he played hockey in Olds, Alberta and then for the Nelson Maple Leafs for two years.
During those years in Nelson he also worked as a fireman and on one of the dam construction sites. In 1941 he married Hilda Talberg and soon thereafter moved to Victoria, BC, where Bus played semi-pro hockey for two years with the Babco’s.
In 1942 Bus enlisted in the Army where he continued to play hockey for another two years. His son, Bob, was born in Victoria in 1943. In October 1944 Bus was posted oversees. On his return to Canada he was invited to the New York Rangers training camp. However, he was so upset when his rights were traded to the Boston Bruins organization that he decided to stay in Vancouver and attend UBC, where he obtained his business degree. After graduating the family moved to Trail, BC, where Bus worked for the City of Trail, the general contractor for the construction of the Waneta dam and for Kay Motors Ford dealership.
In 1956 the family again moved to Nelson where Bus opened Algar Tire Service.
Bus retired and sold the business in 1975 when he and Hilda purchased a home in 1000 Palms, California, where they spent the winter months with their many friends. During the summers they lived at their cabin at Queen’s Bay where Bus could grow his own fruits and vegetables and spectacular roses.
Hilda predeceased Bus when she passed away in 2001.
For more than 10 years Buddy (Isabel) Ramsay has been Bus’ very special friend. She and the members of her family have been a great support for Bus, especially during the past few years.
Bus is survived by his only son, Bob (Joyce), his two grandchildren, Maureen (Paul) and Michael, his great grand-daughter, Allison, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that friends make a donation in Bus’ name to either:
Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View Street, Nelson BC, V1L 2V1 or Friends of the Family Foundation, #204, 518 Lake Street, Nelson BC, V1L 4C6
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.