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Dr. C. H. (Bud) Opie

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On February 20, 2014 @ 4:00 am In Obituaries | 10 Comments

1925 ~ 2014

Dr. Opie, known as Bud to family and friends died peacefully at the Pinawa Hospital on February 16, 2014 after a brief illness.  He was predeceased in 2012 by his wife Dawn, his parents Ernest John and Dorothy Opie, and his sisters-in-law Joan Opie, Joan Aiken and Nona Cooper.  He will be sadly missed by his daughters Susan Opie (Rick Match) and Linda Altstadt (Glen), his grandchildren Naomi Scharer (Nik Heine) and Nick Scharer, his brother Jack Opie of Australia, his niece Tish Thomas (Robin) of Australia, his nephews Robert Opie (Gil) of England, Henry Aiken (Mirjam) of Holland, and his great nephews Mark Thomas (Michelle Stead) and David Thomas of Australia and his great niece Juliette Aiken of England.

Bud was born in Albany, New York on August 28, 1925.  His family emigrated to England in 1931, where he attended Tettenhall College.  During World War II Bud served with the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division during the critical Battle of the Ardennes in 1944-45 and took part in the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp at the end of the war.

After the war, Bud attended medical school at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, University of London where he qualified as a doctor in 1952.  He met his wife Dawn at the tennis club shortly after the war, and they were married in London on December 6, 1952.  Bud and Dawn moved to North Wales in 1954 where he practiced medicine until they immigrated to Canada in 1965.  Bud was a dedicated rural doctor in Pinawa, Manitoba from 1965 to his retirement in 2004.  He received the Manitoba Medical Association Physician of the Year Award in 1998.

Bud was a skilled weaver, photographer, and gardener. He enjoyed clay pigeon shooting, fishing, and rally driving in North Wales.   He loved cooking and baking bread and buns.   He loved the peace and quiet of the farm that he and Dawn moved to in 1980.  Bud always had time to listen to friends, family members, and patients in need of his wisdom and compassion.  He will be sadly missed by his family, and the many friends, colleagues, and community members in and around the Pinawa area.

Bud’s family would like to thank the staff of the Pinawa Hospital for his care during his recent illness, as well as his many friends and neighbours who have been such an amazing support to him since the loss of his wife Dawn in 2012.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue East, Beausejour, MB.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Manitoba Forestry Association (Commemorative Trees), 900 Corydon, Winnipeg, MB, R3M 0Y4.  Trees will be planted at Sandilands Forest Discovery Centre in Bud’s name.




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Condolence from Susan P. Hayward on February 19th, 2014 3:00 pm

So sorry to here of your loss.Deepest sympathies from a grateful ex-patient.

Sue Hayward.

Condolence from Marilyn Bratti on February 19th, 2014 5:09 pm

Dr. Opie was a wonderful, kind, caring, compassionate person. I know of a least one person who became a doctor because of his example.

Condolence from Aggie Walters on February 19th, 2014 6:09 pm

Dr Bud was an amazing man, and doctor. They do not make men like him anymore. Absolutely loved and adored that man, he was compassionate, sensible and so full of common sense (which is really not at all common). My heart aches that this precious man is no longer with us.

Condolence from Dorothy Altstadt on February 20th, 2014 1:00 pm

My deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of a wonderful man and a great doctor. His thoughtfulness went over and above on many occasions. I was blessed to have been his patient for many years and appreciated his common sense approach to medical issues.

Condolence from Beverley Pierson on February 20th, 2014 3:04 pm

Bud was a wonderful doctor and a dear friend for many years. He was an inspiration and wonderful advisor.
My deepest condolences to the family.

Condolence from Suzanne Queen (Pedersen) on February 22nd, 2014 3:33 pm

So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Deepest condolences to you and your families Susan and Linda. God bless.

Condolence from Karen Urusky on February 23rd, 2014 12:41 pm

Dearest Susan and Rick, I am thinking of you and your family with Deepest Sympathy and Love. This song is for you my dear friends of the heart.

As you leave

As you leave this earth
A reason is unclear
Your journey was so dear
All that you have been
All that you have shared
Your path is always here
A legacy for eternity
Remembering your joy
Gifts of you are in my heart
The essence of Divine
Winds will whisper
A Star will shine
As you leave this earth
Your love is everywhere

Kalina – May 2013

Condolence from Tammy Johnson on February 24th, 2014 8:12 pm

My deepest sympathy to your families. I hope you find comfort and peace in the memories of your father during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless!

Condolence from ILA AND BRIAN BODNER on February 28th, 2014 8:39 am

So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.
He was a very caring Doctor and person.
Our thoughts are with you Susan and Linda.

Condolence from Frank and Pauline Havelock on March 6th, 2014 6:25 pm

Our deepest sympathy to the family. Your dad provided the medical attention in Pinawa. We really appreciated his sincere advisor on our families health. We also have one of his works of art – a wall hanging that we bought while we live in Pinawa. Susan and Linda our thoughts are with you.

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