Bud passed away peacefully on February 19, 2006 at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. He was born on May 25, 1932 in Steveston, B.C. He was predeceased by his parents Ikutaro and Kiwa Umemura, brothers Mac and Bobby, nephew Todd, niece Faye and brother-in-laws Mitch and Yoshio. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 48 years Julie, daughter Robbin (Clifford) and son Lee (Mimi), grandchildren Laurel, Kalani and Teva, brothers Keath, Marvin (Joyce) and sisters Nobbie (Mas), Iku, Irene (Bob) and many nieces and nephews. Bud was the first Japanese pipeline welder in Canada and worked for 5 years in various locations in Northern B.C. and Alberta. He joined Westcoast Transmission Co. Ltd. (aka Duke Energy Inc.) in 1957 as a Pipeline Foreman in Merritt. He moved to Hope in 1959 and became the District Area Superintendent from Savona to Huntingdon. He retired in Hope in 1992. He was a member of the Mount Hope Lodge No. 139 (Worshipful Master 1 term), Ionic-Kent Lodge #19, founding member of the Mt. Hope Sr. Citizens Home (aka Park Manor), a Hope Councilman for 14 years and he initiated and organized the construction of the Japanese Friendship Garden (in memory of the interned Japanese in Tashme) in Hope. Before his stroke he enjoyed traveling to other countries, fishing, carpentry and helping his friends and neighbors. The family would like to thank Don and Joy Skea, Bud and Elaine Gardner, Shigeru and Ritsuko Shinden, ladies at the Tree House and many others who supported him. Dr. Botha and staff of Fra- ser Canyon Hospital for their care. A private service was held on February 24, 2006 at the Ocean View Funeral Home in Burnaby.
In lieu of koden and flowers donations can be sent to: Miyoshi (Bud) Umemura, c/o Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, 260 Sherbrooke St. 6th Floor, New Westminster, BC, V3L 3M2 in his memory to go toward a kidney dialysis machine.