Beloved city icon dies at age 98
Cranbrook has lost one of its greatest icons.
Four days after his 98th birthday, P.H. (Bud) Abbott has died. Bud passed away peacefully on January 30, surrounded by his family.
From his birth Jan. 26, 1921 and his roots in Britain to being a Second World War fighter pilot to arriving in Cranbrook in 1960 and establishing himself as a caring and giving community member who helped make stage performance such an established and vital part of this city’s history and fabric, Bud Abbott leaves behind a legacy almost a century long.
“He will be lovingly remembered as Cranbrook’s most beloved citizen. Bud was a fixture in the Cranbrook theatre scene for decades, an active Rotarian, a member of numerous choirs, a volunteer extraordinaire a great friend and a wonderful father and grandfather,” his obituary begins.
A Celebration of Bud’s life will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 at the Heritage Inn, followed by a gathering at the Legion.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Cranbrook Community Theatre or Cranbrook Hospice.
Lead image: Bud Abbott, centre, doing what he loved, singing up a storm on the stage at the Royal Canadian Legion during his 95th birthday celebration. e-KNOW file photos