It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Buzz Buchanan, on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Buzz was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba on December 20, 1933 and was 76 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, of 50 years, his three sons: Randall (Sonoama), Christophor and Jason (Noreen); eight grandchildren: Jordan, Chelsea, Graham, Alyssa, Braedon, Bethany, Harrison and Kelly. He is also survived by his two sisters, Kay McKeown of Oshawa, Ontario and Helen (Norman) Pachkowsky of Pine Falls, Manitoba, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Buzz grew up in Winnipeg and Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba and entered the RCAF at the age of 17 where he received his electronics training. He worked for a short time for Bristol Aircraft in Winnipeg and after holidaying in Vancouver, he decided that the West Coast was where he would like to live. He joined the telephone company and transferred to Nelson, B.C. where he met his wife and where his three sons were born. After 12 years in Nelson, the family moved to Nanaimo. He retired early from the telephone company to operate his own business, Buchanan Communications Systems, which took him across Canada for 25 years designing and installing commercial sound systems, specializing in churches.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 16th at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2424 Glen Eagle Crescent, after interment at Townsite Road City Cemetery that morning at 10:00 am. A visitation will be held at the church on Friday evening, October 15th between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the doctors and nurses at NRGH and especially to those in the Palliative Care Unit for their kind and loving care of Buzz. Special thanks to Dr. Robert Gagnon for his care and to Ed Bussian and the staff at First Memorial Funeral Services for taking care of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Buzz may be made to the NRGH Palliative Care Unit or the Canadian Cancer Society.