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Irwin Buz Sawyer

January 24, 1931 - July 25, 2010


On Sunday July 25th, 2010, Mr. Irwin Glen “Buz“ Sawyer of Oliver passed away peacefully at Sunnybank Centre at the age of 79 years.
He was predeceased by his mother and father Kathryn & James Sawyer and granddaughter Bailey.
Buz will be fondly remembered by his loving family including wife Melva; children Bruce, Mike, Darlene (Alb), Kathy (Murray) and Krista (Bill), all of whom he loved and was so proud of. He was Papa Buz to 11 grandchildren: Natalie, Jordan, Ryan, Carleigh, Caitlin, Aaron, Tory, Mackenzie, Katie, Evan and Cale. In addition, he is survived by two brothers: Elton (Sue) and Jack (Ann) and numerous extended family members.
Buz served in the RCAF as a navigation officer and for a short time was an art teacher in Calgary. Buz owned his own aerial surveying company which took him throughout twenty two different countries. His travels introduced him to many different people & cultures.
Buz had a zest for life. In his retirement, he was always willing to try new things such as taking up snowboarding at Mount Baldy and particularly enjoyed boarding with his local younger boarding buddies, horseback riding, sailing, as well as continuing to enjoy skiing, biking and the great outdoors. He was an accomplished artist & a consummate story teller. His love for animals brought many finding a comfortable home. He also volunteered his time working with people with disabilities. Buz had a charming wit about him that brought a smile (and sometimes a groan!) to many.
Buz’s family would like to thank the staff at Sunnybank for their compassionate and fine care and Dr. Francis and Dr. Dimma.
Donations are gratefully accepted for the Alzheimer`s Society, 104 – 35 Westminster Ave. E. Penticton, BC V2A 1H7.
Condolences & tributes may be directed to the family by visiting
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Betty-Jo/Steve Hetherigton
Relation: a friend of Melva

We just appreciate the love and care you gave to your husband Melva and want to thank you for the support you showed us while mom was suffering from this affliction. We wish to pass along our condolences to the family and pray for peace and healing during this time. Sincerely, Steve and Betty-Jo

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The Alzheimer`s Society,
104 – 35 Westminster Ave. E.
Penticton, BC
V2A 1H7.


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