It is with a saddened heart, and a tear in our eyes, we regretfully announce the passing of our father Allen (Joe) Bush.
Dad was born in Dugald, Manitoba in 1928, and came from a family of 17 brothers and sisters.
He started his journey as a teenager by hopping on a rail car and heading west, and almost froze to death coming over the pass. Dad worked on several of the big ranches over the years, like the Gang, Alkali, and Chilco ranches. He then became a faller, and worked in the logging industry. Dad met Mom (Janet) in the mid 1950’s and they were soon married. They spent the rest of their years raising 3 sons – Marty, Allen, and Craig.
Dad’s gun collecting, working, hunting, fishing and building kept us all busy.
After working in the logging industry, Dad took a job as truck driver for Caribou Concrete, working for Merv Mathews and then Glendale Redi-mix for Jim Taylor. During this time, Dad always had a project on the go – building new homes, rental properties, and the Chilcotin Road Store. He was a self-taught carpenter, electrician, plumber – never afraid to tackle a job.
In 1979, after collecting guns for years, he decided to start his own business, Chilcotin Guns. Joe was a man who truly learned by doing.
Regrettably Dad was predeceased by Mom (Janet), son Marty, grandsons Calder and Justin.
Dad will be missed and remembered by Debra and Taylor Jane Bush, Al and Maria Bush, Bill Muckalt (and Berrie), Paul, Paulette and Isabella Lambert, Craig and Tamara Bush, Danika and Kayla and by all that had the opportunity to know him.
Graveside service to be held at the Williams Lake Cemetery on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at his son Craig’s, 3081 Heinie Place.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Shriners or the Williams Lake Sportsmans Association would be greatly appreciated.
LaPrairie’s Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements.