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Housser. He was hardworking, efficient, boisterous, good-humoured, honest
and effective. Clients loved him as well. It is legend that Bud gave one of his
jackets for presentation to the winner of the Bull Housser Golf Tournament—
The Cameron Haines Invitational. It was said to be a yellow jacket
and was donated because it was one of the more subdued in his wardrobe.
Bud was an efficient lawyer who conducted the shortest examinations for
discovery and for that was either loved by court reporters for time off in the
afternoons or blamed for the loss of transcription revenue.
In 1988, Bud was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Just two years later, he was elevated to the British Columbia Court of
Appeal, where he served until mandatory retirement in 2005.
After leaving the Court of Appeal, Bud returned to Guild Yule as associate
counsel, where he stayed until his final retirement.
Bud was possessed of a high level of nervous energy. He constantly jangled
the coins in his pocket. He laughed a lot and loved sports. He had
played hockey as a youngster in Ontario and was a Leafs and Argos fan. He
enjoyed “long lunches” in the summer, sometimes followed by a spontaneous
shopping trip to Margetson-Lee, the men’s clothing shop, then on
Howe Street, to add to his extensive wardrobe and collection of ties.
Bud vented his high level of nervous energy by taking power walks and
tending his flower baskets and pots. He also enjoyed cooking and is remembered
by his children for his cheese and artichoke omelets and his
orange/banana milkshakes, among many other culinary treats.
In later years Bud’s memory failed him and he often said that he could
not remember what he had for breakfast. He and Bryony moved into a care
facility, first in Vancouver, and later in Coquitlam. Bud remained devoted to
Bryony for all of their almost 58 years together.
Bud was a highly intelligent, hardworking and principled lawyer and gentleman.
He was a mentor to many and was never too busy to provide guidance
and support. One former colleague at Guild Yule commented that Bud
offered tremendous and insightful advice and support in his most difficult
cases and added a sense of high spirit with his great humour and optimism.
His quick mind and his legal ability were evident in his 17 years as a
judge, and his fellow judges recall his good humour, friendship and collegiality.
One former Court of Appeal colleague recalled that Bud’s influence
on that court was felt in terms of his deep sense of fairness, his pragmatic
emphasis on the right result on the facts and his persuasive collegiality.
Bud passed away on the May 18, 2019 long weekend, just a month short
of his 90th birthday and his 58th wedding anniversary to Bryony.
LSGF, DWY, HC and JSS