Dr. Preston Clark (Bud) Staples, always known as Bud, died peacefully at Manoir Lac Brome, Knowlton, at the age of 97. Bud Staples was fully engaged in the community, involved in the planning and fundraising, and was a driving force behind the creation of the Centre Lac Brome / Knowlton Medical Clinic. He enjoyed volunteering with the Knowlton Wellness Volunteer Center with Meals on Wheels, the local Food Bank, and Senior Luncheons.
Bud was born in Cookshire in 1923. His family moved to Lennoxville, where he played hockey and picked up the nickname Bud. He first came to Knowlton as a young man and was the manager at the Brome Lake Boat Club where he met Lynn Rankin and they were married in 1948.
Bud went to Bishop’s University but left to join the Royal Canadian Air Force as a pilot and trained aircrew in Canada. He practiced dentistry in Montreal and Knowlton. Dr. Staples was an Honorary Life Member and President of the Montreal Dental Club, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a Fellow and President of the International College of Dentists, served on the Board of Governors for The Order of Dentists of Quebec, and taught at the McGill School of Dentistry for 25 years. With his close friend, Dr. Wilfred Johnston, he contributed to research into repairing children’s cleft palates. He also worked with the Parti Québécois government to establish dental care for children and seniors.
Passionately committed to inclusive community service, he was President of the Rotary Club of Westmount from 1981-1982, an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow while finding time to serve on the boards of the Brome Lake Boating Club, Knowlton Golf Club, Weredale Foundation for Boys, Red Cross, and the Kidney Foundation.
Bud was always a fit sportsman and skied with the Canadian Ski Patrol and skied into his eighties. He was an avid gardener and outdoorsman. Working with his close hunting partner and friend, Fred Partridge, they helped found the Brome County Fish and Game Club, serving also on the board and as Treasurer for many years.
Bud had a long, loving life with his wife of 67 years, who died in 2015. He was a much-loved man, inside and outside of his family. He is survived by his children Patricia, Brian, Tony, six grand- children, five great-grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.