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Bunty Maxfield

October 16, 1949 - June 16, 2012


Hugh Thomas Leslie Maxfield, known by everyone since birth as Bunty, passed away peacefully at the Arrow Lakes Hospital. Born in Nakusp, October 16, 1949, Bunty loved this town more than anywhere else in the world. His extensive world travels always brought him back to Nakusp and the people he loved so much here.
Bunty was an avid outdoorsman. From a young age he could be found exploring the woods which lead to a lifetime career as one of the most respected fallers in the area. He also enjoyed fishing and spent hours on the Bouncy.
Bunty was very creative and had a great many talents ranging from stone carving to making and playing music. For the last three years, Bunty created weekly radio shows, “Got Them Blues”, for the local station. He sang and played the banjo, but was most talented in playing harmonica and loved to accompany his guitar playing friends with his impressive skills.
A student of the world, Bunty loved news. He read every weekly magazine and watched hours of news daily. He knew something about everything and was a Scrabble genius.
A rescuer of small animals and people; Bunty brought home countless exotic pets and saved at least three people from drowning. Bunty had a huge heart and was there for anyone who needed help. He loved people and people loved him.

Survived by his wife, Patty Riley, daughters Melissa Maxfield (Donovan Lawson) and Melody Scroggins (Darren Scarborough), grand daughters Ruby and Sophie Pankratz, a wonderful extended family and an amazing group of friends.


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From: Valley Funeral Home Ltd. Staff

Valley Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Leslie McDonald
Relation: Friend

Dear Patty & Family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Bunty’s passing. Sending you my love and deepest sympathy, he will be sadly missed by many. I will always have fond memories of our times together, and truly miss the laughter we shared. Sending you warm hugs and lots of love.

From: carole bergeron
Relation: melissa bunty's daughter

our thougts and prayers are with you
Thank you for sharing such a wondeful man with my family
Hugs to all

From: Dylan Matthew Riley
Relation: Uncle

Bunty was awesome! After everything that happened to him he was still so kind hearted and optimistic. He is a true inspiration to all and will be missed greatly.

From: Sarah Helene Gheriani
Relation: Uncle

He was so kind hearted and always showed us a great time! I will never forget building fires with Bunty, they were the best! You will be missed. Aunt Patty and Mel my thoughts are with you.

From: Ellen W. Riley
Relation: brother-in-law

We are so sorry to hear the sad news. All our Love to Patty, and Bunty’s Nacusp “family”. He will be sorely missed. Love,Ellen and family.

From: Bill Riley
Relation: Patty's brother

I will remember Bunty as a good man, a generous friend, a talented musician and a treasured brother-in-law and uncle to my kids. My fondest memories though will be of him as a master storyteller.

Whether it was a tall tale or a true one made to sound tall, Bunty could spin a yarn with the best of them. I am fortunate to have spent many an hour listening to those tales, with a beer in one hand and the other hand free to slap my knee as the story took yet another unexpected turn. The measured delivery, the glint in his eye, the wry grin and the enormous gestures were all part of Bunty’s considerable talent as a story teller.

In another time, Bunty might have been a shanachie, a clan or regional storyteller who entertained and kept alive the oral history of his family and neighbourhood. I doubt that there was much of Nakusp’s story or that of its residents which Bunty could not recount.

Bunty was a brave and inspiring man too. I have often wondered if I might have made as much life out of the hand he was dealt.

And now, it is our turn to tell tales of you and your adventures, Bunty. You will not be forgotten, my friend.

From: Malinda Person
Relation: Niece

One of the kindest, sweetest, and most funny people I’ve ever met. Have a riot on the other side, Bunty.

From: Trudy Craig-Millin
Relation: Bunty is my cousin

My thoughts and prayers go out to all my Maxfield cousins and to Bunty’s family….. Gods Blessing to all…… Love TRUDY

From: Lorna Schwab
Relation: Mainly at the hospital

May God keep your family in His care through all that you are going through now and for ever.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
June 24, 2012
Beginning at 2:00pm

Royal Canadian Legion
404 - 1st Street NW
Nakusp, BC Canada V0G1R0

404 - 1st Street NW
Nakusp, BC Canada V0G1R0

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Arrow Lakes Hospital Auxilary Foundation
97 1St Avenue Northeast –
Box 87, Nakusp, British Columbia, V0G 1R0
Telephone: 250-265-3622

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