Baynham, Butch: Hockey was his passion

Written by ECA Review


Lloyd Wayne “Butch” Baynham of Chauvin, Ab. passed away at the Royal Alex Hospital Edmonton on June 24.

Butch was born in Chauvin Nov. 16, 1940 to parents, Lloyd and Clarice Baynham. He was the sixth child of eight and grew up on a farm four miles southeast of Chauvin.

Butch went to school at Butze and then finished in Chauvin. He started working on the railroad and the farm and from there moved to the rigs which is where he met the love of his life, Viola Genevieve Dewald of Altario, Ab.

Butch and Viola were married in January 1965 in Chauvin and began their family with Alyson in October 1965.  Their only son, Monty came in January 1968 and then along came the baby, Pamela in July 1975.

Butch’s favourite hobbies were visiting family and friends (we all know he had lots of both), gardening with Viola (their greenhouse was filled with prize flowers and vegetables for fairs and bouquets for many special functions) and hunting  with family and friends from Taber. He was so proud of what he caught every year.

Almost every night they listened to the radio for the horse races and took in many races all over.

His love for watching sports volleyball, football, baseball, fastball and slow pitch and even played with his grandchildren at 63 years old.

Hockey was his passion. He played and coached many years and enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren play, especially when he saw his great-grandson get his first goal last winter.

He was so proud of all of them for their accomplishment’s in everything they have achieved.

In the winter time he spent time watching Viola curl and encouraged her to go, sometimes we believe, just so he could visit.

He loved cards and crib was a must learn, until he was beat, then it was time for the next one to play.

He went to the Marsden and Chauvin senior centres weekly to play whatever they were playing and visiting old and new friends.

Each year, months before Halloween he and Viola began costume making. They would dress up and visit everyone that could not get out.

Over the years they won lots of prizes in the halls and bars.

Then came Christmas and the big red suit would be out and his wife would do some baking and off they would go visiting again.

Butch dealt with a lot of health issues over the years including diabetes for 46 years.

Yet, even after having both legs amputated below  the knees, he managed very well in all situations.

Thank you for everyone that helped him to get in and out of all the places he ventured with Viola.

Butch leaves to mourn: his wife, Viola of 51 years; his oldest daughter, Alyson Amero (Mark Paulson) of Wainwright and their five children; Ashley (Travis) Holte of Hughenden and their children Mesha and Ryder; Patrick Robinson of Edmonton; Gabby Paulson (Luke Roberts); Ellie of Sherwood Park and Ronald Paulson (Kalista Maurer) of Forrest City, Iowa.

Butch and Viola’s son, Monty (Tammy) Baynham and their daughters, Jordan and Mackenzie of Taber and Butch and Viola’s daughter, Pamela (Shaun) Johnstone of Grande Prairie and their sons Liam and Kaleb and Connor who lives in Kelowna, BC.

Also left to mourn is Butch’s sister, Bette (Don) Dallyn of Chauvin.

Butch was predeceased by his parents, Lloyd and Clarice Baynham;  brothers, Joe, Lyle, Ron and Gary and Miles’ sister, Shirley (George) Dey and in-laws, Pete (Geneveive) Dewald.

Butch’s funeral was on June 29 at 1 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, Chauvin with Mel Letkeman, his card partner, officiating.

The interment was at the Chauvin Community Cemetery.

Card of thanks

The family would like to thank: the Chauvin, Provost and Wainwright ambulance for their many rescues over the years; the Chauvin fire department for all their help; Dr. Kevin Hay and Heather and the staff at Wainwright Hospital for all the care;  the Wainwright home care for all the help and visits over the years; the honorary pallbearers for being his friend and Creech’s Funeral Home and lunch at the hall.

The family would also like to thank everyone who was a part of Butch’s life as well as all of those who contributed food and flowers and for the visits and donations in memory of Butch.
Our sincerest thank you, Viola and family.

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