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Obituary: Bud Arthur Kurz

'Bud is sorely missed by not only his family, but everyone who came across him - whether he was repairing your guitar or harp, playing music with you, or sharing a beer with you, he had a unique way of making people feel comfortable. He had a reputation for being honest and reliable - at the same time, he was modest almost to a fault, always giving others credit before his own.'
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It with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bud Arthur Kurz. Bud was born on June 26, 1958 in Chilliwack, BC and passed away on July 21, 2023 in his home in Roberts Creek, BC with his wife Heidi and youngest daughter Celina present in his last moments. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Heidi, of 37 years; his daughters Emily and Celina (Becca); and three siblings, Alana (Doug), Karl (Ellen), and Eileen (Mike). 

Growing up in Yarrow, BC, he attended Sardis Secondary where he initially developed a love for music playing guitar with friends and clarinet in the school band. Following high school, he attended Fraser Valley College where he studied art for one year. While he was a talented visual artist, he realized that music was where his heart lay and his path led him to Capilano College where he decided to major in flute (he continued to rock out on the weekends with other local musicians 😎). 

Capilano College was also where he met his future wife Heidi, a fellow flautist, with whom he would go on to raise two wonderful daughters, play lots of music, and have tons of great parties.  

Bud is sorely missed by not only his family, but everyone who came across him - whether he was repairing your guitar or harp, playing music with you, or sharing a beer with you, he had a unique way of making people feel comfortable. He had a reputation for being honest and reliable - at the same time, he was modest almost to a fault, always giving others credit before his own. He was most comfortable puttering around in his guitar workshop and he loved to share his knowledge about music gear - whether you understood what he was talking about or not!

Our thanks to all to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Sechelt and VGH Hospitals who supported Bud through different stages in his illness. Special thanks to Dr. Sarah Wadge who has been an anchor to our family in this time. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sechelt Hospital or BC Cancer Foundation; or a charity of your choice.