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James "Bud" Edward Zielger (Matheson)

January 17, 1933 - April 21, 2021


James Edward “Bud” Ziegler (Matheson), known to his friends as Bud, passed away April 21 2021 at the age of 88. Born in New Scotland (Nova Scotia) January 17 1933.

Proudly serving the Royal Canadian Air Force as Captain for more then 25 years. In roles uniquely suited to him as Air Traffic Controller and Search & Rescue. These roles required making quick sound judgements and communicating them clearly, if not always delicately. He embraced this sense of duty, daily after retirement.

Always smartly groomed & attired, usually in one of his kilts – he excelled in roles that were meaningful – Small Business Owner, Marshall at Bell Bay golf course, Air Force, Army, & Sea Cadet leadership volunteer, Champion of fund raising for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Fund and his local Legion (Where he had been a member for over 50 years), especially the annual Legion Poppy drive.

Knowing Bud, was to know and understand his passion for his likes, loves and dislikes. If he liked you, you had a friend for life. He would fondly reminisce and reach out to contact people he hadn’t heard from in years. If he loved you, he would always have your back, and look out for you, if not always delicately. If he disliked someone or thing (which was rare) he would very freely share those opinions as indelicately as possible (sometimes with a wink).

His life took him to Alberta, Germany, Newfoundland, and British Columbia, but his heart was always in Nova Scotia… especially the fond memories he had from his formative years on the family farm in Millbrook, Pictou Co. and later his home & cottage in Aberdeen & Baddeck NS., where hiking to the Uisge Ban (Ichiban) Falls, golfing, fishing and the Yacht Club were amongst his interests. He enjoyed Westerns & Police TV shows, Scottish Pipe & Drum music, and the group Celtic Thunder. He was a lapidary enthusiast. He enjoyed boating and sailing especially his two-mast friendship sloop “Jakartra” which if you bought him a beer, he would tell you how he brought it around “The Horn” (wink!) from Nova Scotia to BC. Bud enjoyed a blue rare steak, sipping on a cold beer for hours, a good Scotch, nice cars, and his friends at the local Pub, where he would share stories that were based on true detail with some bring purely fiction, and not always delicately.

Son of E. Lorraine Ziegler (ex Matheson nee Murdoch) Born in Massachusetts, lived in Pictou NS and J. Ed Matheson, Pictou NS and his adopted father Eric B. Ziegler, London Ontario. Survived by spouse Norma Ziegler (nee MacNeil) Baddeck NS. His love for Norma cannot be understated- He loved her dearly. Four brothers Michael (Victoria) Ziegler, Victoria BC, Dan Matheson, Ontario, the late Patrick (Marilyn) Matheson, Halifax NS, Tom Matheson NS. Four children Tracy (Daniel) Forbes, Drayton Valley Alberta, Kara (Jeff Bickel) Ziegler, Morden NS, James “Jim” (Michelle Mercer) Ziegler Kingston NS & Richard (Sonja) Clark, Abbotsford BC. Five Grandchildren Haleigh (Christopher) Keefe (nee Forbes), Jeffrey Bickel, Eric Bickel, Dexter Clark, & AJ Clark. Former spouse Marilyn Lodge (nee Butt) Seaforth Ontario.

Celebration of Life will be held online on Wednesday, April 28th at 2:00 P.M. The link to join us is: www.distantlink.com/wallace.html

No Flowers by request. Donations to his two cherished volunteer interests – Salvation Army, or the Royal Canadian Legion of your choosing.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Carolyn McNally

Tracy, Dan & Haleigh, So sorry for your loss. The obituary was beautiful and through it, I feel like I knew your Dad. May you find comfort in all your treasured memories and may your Dad be remembered with love and joy.

From: Lois Bent

Tracy and Dan,
So sorry Tracy,in the passing of your Dad.
Sending sincere sympathy to all,
Lois 🙏

From: BarbaraMI HEALEY

So very sorry Norma

From: Bob MacAulay
Relation: I am a childhood friend of Norma's and met Bud when he and Norma were spending time in Baddeck.

Norma, I am thinking about you at this sad time. My sympathy goes out to you and Bud’s family.

From: Heather Shea

Tracy, I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of your papa. What stood out to me when I first meant him was his style of dress ( always immaculate & well groomed . When you & he spent time together ( you would send me the occasional picture, the two of you side by side always smiling . Keep those memories close . Love Heather & Terry Shea/

From: Shelley MacInnis
Relation: Friend

I am so sorry to hear this news. You are in my thoughts.

From: Gordon Matheson
Relation: Husband of a friend.

Hi Norma. I just read in an email from my sister of Bud’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy, and the hope that the presence of your God, your understanding and faith, and the love of good friends bring you comfort at this difficult time.

From: Liz

Kara and Family
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

From: Jordan McNeil
Relation: Nephew

Sending you my love Aunt Norma.
Uncle Bud you will be greatly missed. I enjoyed our golf outings and you taught me a lot about the life i want to live

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