CONNETT 1921 – 2008 Wilfred Donald "Bud" Connett of Red Deer, passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Monday, December 22, 2008 at the age of 87 years. Bud was born on January 20, 1921 at Rimbey, Alberta where he was raised on the family farm. Bud was gifted by his ability to play a variety of instruments. In 1940 he met and married the love of his life, Margaret Howatt from Hanna, Alberta, a piano player in her own right. They took over the Connett farm at Hoadley and started their family as well as playing for community dances. They then bought and moved to a small farm near Glendon, Alberta in 1946. Again, they made extra money playing for dances in the community halls around Glendon with their musical friends. In 1954 they moved to Lloydminster, Alberta where they raised their family and continued playing for dances. Bud first worked at the Husky refinery and then for the City of Lloydminster. Finally he found his career when they purchased a small appliance repair business and operated "Connett Appliance Repair & Service" business for thirty years until in 1986, when they retired and moved to Red Deer. Bud loved his family, church family, their music and most of all the Good Lord. They played in the "Golden Music Makers" band of Red Deer, where he became known as "Banjo Bud" and as a snowbird, in the Arizona Banjo Band in the winter months. Bud is lovingly survived by his wife Margaret, his daughter Donna Weber of Calgary, a son Gene (Ruth) Connett and a daughter Connie (Darell) Morgan both of Red Deer. He is also survived by a sister Marion Lamb of Everett, Washington U.S.A., his grandchildren, Harvey, Donald, U'Lana, Terri, Darren, Curtis, Karlee and Ryan as well as thirteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Bud is predeceased by his first grandaughter Alaina Margaret Viteychuk, son-in-law Darrel McDougall (Connie), daughter-in-law Selma (Gene) Connett, brothers Walter and Russell Connett. Relatives and friends are invited to come and pay their respects at the Church of Christ, 68 Donlevy Avenue between the hours of 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. A Funeral Service will follow at the church on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. Family Interment will follow at Alto-Reste Cemetery. Donations in Bud's honour may be made directly to the The Parkinson's Society of Alberta, Room 3Y18, Edmonton General, 11111 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T4K 0L4 or to the Alzheimer's Society, Suite 101 4805 – 48 Avenue, Red Deer Alberta, T4N 3T2. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at Service and Interment Providers: EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS 4820 – 45th Street, Red Deer. Phone 403-347-2222.

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