Our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Bud (Clark) Stovel, passed away peacefully on May 13, surrounded by family. He will always be remembered for his sense of adventure, wonderful stories, open heart, and love of his family, friends, and especially his cherished wife, Marg.
Bud was born in 1928 in Craigmyle, Alberta. He always had a deep affinity for the outdoors and when he and his parents, Lorrine and Reginald, moved to Revelstoke around 1944, he found his home: a place filled with kindred spirits who loved hiking, skiing and adventure. He and his friends spent countless hours traipsing around the mountains, building cabins, skiing and fishing.
After high school, Bud worked for Parks Canada, building trails on Mount Revelstoke. He later attended teacher’s college and met Marguerite Barraud, a teacher who he married in 1958. Bud is best known for teaching shop at Revelstoke Secondary School.
Bud volunteered considerable time to support skiing in Revelstoke. He not only taught skiing, he was influential in installing a 1,600-foot Poma lift on Mount Revelstoke in 1961 and later spent an entire summer installing a chairlift on Mount Mackenzie Ski Hill.
Bud and Marg enjoyed a happy marriage. They raised three daughters and always found time to play cards with family and friends. Bud often met travellers in the mountains and brought them home. Many wonderful friends entered our lives that way. Travelling, painting and drawing were among his favourite interests and his paintings decorate the homes of family and friends.
Bud is survived by daughters, Laura, Jeanette and Krista; sister, Betty MacDonald; and grandchildren Evan and Emma Nip and Nii Noi and Tettey Tetteh. He also leaves many dear friends and nephews and nieces, including Heather, Mike and Alexis Welch. We also thank Dr. Cam MacLeod and the wonderful nurses at Queen Victoria Hospital for their outstanding care.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 pm at the United Church on Wednesday, May 20. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Revelstoke Community Foundation would be appreciated.