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Obituary for Robert Lloyd Budgell

Robert Lloyd  Budgell
Budgell, Robert Lloyd - July 15, 1936 - May 10, 2021

Lloyd died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, after a brave struggle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Shirley, his three children, Janet Lynn (Paul Mailer), Bob, and Geoffrey (Karri O’Shaughnessy). Lloyd deeply loved and was very proud of his six grandchildren, Cameron and Matt; Max and Nuria; and Noah and Evan. He is remembered with love by Margaret Trias, Max and Nuria’s mother. He was predeceased by his brother, Ewart Budgell, in 2018. Lloyd was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, to Mildred and Pierce Budgell, and spent his childhood in the small communities to which his father’s career in the pulp and paper industry took the family. He moved on his own to St. John’s for the beginning of high school, and then attended Albert College in Belleville, Ontario, excelling in the classroom, on the basketball court and on the track. Lloyd received his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Queens University, where he met the love of his life, Shirley Sands of Kingston. They married in 1960, and following his graduation in 1963, they moved to Toronto for articles, and then made their lifelong home in Welland. Lloyd had a general law practice before being appointed as a family court judge in 1970, presiding over family and youth matters. He remained on the bench for over three decades, until his retirement as Senior Justice, Ontario Court of Justice, in 2006. He was known as a no-nonsense, practical judge who treated those who appeared before him with fairness, dignity and compassion. Lloyd loved life and had boundless energy, which he poured into his family, his work, the game of golf, and his passion for basketball, along the way acquiring a reputation as a sports authority. He was the most loyal of friends, and quietly lent his support and encouragement to anyone who needed it. Lloyd was committed to his community, giving generously of his time and talent, including many years dedicated to the Tribune Basketball Tournament. The Kingston area continued to have a special place in his life, with happy and tranquil summers spent at the cottage on Loughborough Lake among family and friends. After his retirement, Lloyd and Shirley were able to spend many enjoyable winters in the Fort Myers Beach area of Florida, where he could pursue his love of golf, horse racing, college basketball and vigorous beach walks. Wherever he went, and whatever he did, Lloyd was endlessly enthusiastic and optimistic, with an ever-expanding circle of friends which grew with each passing year. He will be greatly missed by many and always remembered with love. The family would like to thank his caregivers and treatment providers from the Niagara Health System, Paramed Home Healthcare, and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, for their kind care over the past several months. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Niagara Health Foundation, Welland Site, would be appreciated. Arrangements are entrusted to H.L. Cudney Funeral Home. Due to Covid restrictions a small family service is being held. Online condolences available at
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