Barclay F. Dahlstrom, affectionately known as Bud, peacefully passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2023, in Regina, SK. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jennie and Ole Dahlstrom, his beloved brother Clinton, and his loving wife Mona. Bud is survived by his daughter Rhonda (Reg) Watson, son Dean (Colleen) Dahlstrom, grandchildren Jennifer (Ryan) Lawrence, Graeme and Sean Watson, Barclay (Laura) Dahlstrom, and Kylie (Chris) Dahlstrom-Riviere, as well as five great-grandchildren Lincoln Lawrence, Juliette Lawrence, Weston Lawrence, Bailey Dahlstrom, and Bo Dahlstrom. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews who will dearly miss him.
Bud was born on a farm north of Assiniboia in 1928 but spent most of his formative years in Limerick, SK, a town he held in high regard and found himself returning to throughout his life. It was there that he met his high school sweetheart, Mona Knox, and after a five-year courtship, they were married in September 1950. Bud’s determination and dedication led him to earn a degree in Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan, despite never having taken any physics classes in high school. Following his graduation, the couple moved to Montreal, where Bud began his career at General Electric. The time they spent in Montreal was a period of immense joy and fond memories for Bud and Mona.
In the late summer of 1952, Mona and Bud returned to Regina. Bud briefly worked at SaskPower before starting his long and esteemed career at the Co-op Refinery in March 1953. This company held a special place in Bud’s heart, and he eventually became its manager and Senior Vice-President, Refining of Consumers’ Cooperative Refineries Limited (CCRL) NewGrade Energy Inc. Throughout his time there, he oversaw numerous expansions and became known for his familial management style, endearing himself to employees long after his departure. Bud was also a dedicated member and former president of the Association of Professional Engineers.
Outside of his professional life, Bud embraced various hobbies and activities. In his youth, he played hockey and tennis, and as he grew older, he took up snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and golf. Family ski trips to Banff and Whitefish became cherished traditions, and Bud’s signature bright red jacket made him easy to spot on the slopes. He led a fulfilling life, balancing his work, family, and leisure time spent at the Katepwa Lake cottage. The Dahlstrom home was always full of loved ones, fostering an atmosphere of warmth and friendship.
As Bud’s family expanded, he and Mona began hosting yearly gatherings in Palm Springs, creating lasting memories with their children, their partners, and an ever-growing brood of grandchildren. His talent for using a putter from any point on the course will be fondly remembered. For over 40 years, Bud actively participated in the Rotary Club of Regina, singing at the annual Rotary Carol Festival and forging lasting friendships.
Above all, Bud was known for his generosity towards his family and community, as well as the valuable life lessons he imparted. His children and grandchildren will forever cherish the memories of his teachings, such as starting a small fire using only a newspaper, magnifying glass, and sunlight. These treasured lessons will be passed down through the generations, ensuring that Bud’s memory is celebrated and cherished.
A Memorial Service in honor of Bud’s life will take place at Lakeview United Church in Regina, SK, on Monday, October 2, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment will be held at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lakeview United Church, the Rotary Club of Regina, or a charity of your choice. To leave a message of condolence, please visit http://www.speersfuneralchapel.com.