Obituary of James (Bud) Harvey Mann
Forever Loved, Never Forgotten ..
MANN, James Harvey (Bud)
December 3, 1934 – November 25, 2023
On Saturday, November 25th, 2023, we lost the beloved patriarch of the Mann Family mere days before his 89th birthday. Devoted and loving husband to Ruth, father to Ross (Vicki), Dave (Sue) and Scott (Laurie), proud Papa to Joshua (Amy), Lawson (Renee), Sydney, Keira, Ty and Jada, as well as, Great Grandfather to Owen and Levi, Claire and Carter. Predeceased by mother Jean Mann, father James Burnett Mann, and sisters Barbara and Bernice. Brother-in-Law to Helen (Alfred) and Uncle to Betty, Jim, Rob, Travis and Andrew.
Bud was truly an inspiration to all of his family, friends, work colleagues and the many community organizations where he generously devoted his time and expertise. Having lost his father in the battle for Hong Kong on December 25, 1941, Bud was raised in Rexton, New Brunswick by a strong mother and grandmother who eventually guided him to Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B. There, this small town boy, graduated with a Commerce degree and headed for Montreal to embark on a progressive 32 year career with Canadian Industries Limited (CIL). In Montreal, he also met the love of his life, Ruth MacLennan RN, and together they have had over 63 adventurous years together in Lasalle, Lachine, Burlington and finally Markham, always making a better life for themselves and their family. Bud retired early at age 55 to travel with Ruth, give back to the community and focus on their three sons and their families. He won the Melvin Jones Award for his tireless work with the Markham Lions Club, the Mount Allison Alumni volunteer award, and helped start the very first youth baseball team that was the precursor to the Markham District Baseball Association.
In a full and wonderful lifetime, it should be noted how keen and supportive Bud was of his three sons’ extracurricular activities and sports. Ever so generous with his time and energy, Bud would not miss a swim meet, hockey or baseball game and they knew Bud could be counted on to help organize or coach teams while keeping the focus on the kids. He carried this on to the next generation where Bud was a permanent fixture in the stands for his grandchildren’s hockey, baseball, rugby and more.
Family and friends will be gratefully received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main Street North, Markham on Friday, December 1st, 2023 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, December 2nd at 11 am followed by a reception at St. Andrews United Church, 32 Main Street, Markham. For those who wish, donations can be made to Parkinson Canada or the Markham Food Bank. Online condolences can be shared at www.dixongarland.com.
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