Buzz (Ward) Sallis

14/02/1954 - 01/09/2023


Obituary For Buzz (Ward) Sallis

February 14, 1954 – September 1, 2023

The world became much smaller on September 1, 2023 with the passing of Buzz (Ward) Sallis at the age of 69. Buzz’s wish was to leave this world with dignity and grace, with his sister Cim and brother-in-law Dale by his side, and that wish was granted.

Buzz was loved by many. He was feared by a few, too, until they figured out that behind the scowl and deadpan one-liners was a big-hearted, humble man whose kindness and sense of humour won over everyone he spent time with. Buzz loved country music, history, watching and playing sports, and reminiscing with family and old-timers. Back in the day he was always up for a challenge, a dare, and a good time. He will be thought of often by friends and family members, who each have special memories of the Buzz that was.

Buzz’s life was filled with love, family, and friendship, but it was not without hardship and the loss of treasured loved ones, including his parents Bill and Pearl, his twin brother Ben, and his dear partner Rose. In his later years, countless health issues took a toll on him. He persevered through many, conquered some, and was overcome by others. Eventually, he had had enough. He was ready, as he put it, “to see the view from the other side.”

At his request, Buzz will be cremated and put to rest in a pine box with a roll of quarters for the jukebox. A casual, no-fuss send off will be held for family and friends on October 21, 2023 from 4 to 8 pm at the Elks Hall, 10806 – 106 Street Grande Prairie.

Buzz’s family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all those who cared for him at Grande Prairie Regional Hospital and at Emerald Gardens.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742


21 Oct


04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Elks Hall 10806-106 St Grande Prairie, Alberta Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • 29/09/2023

    My sincere condolences Gary, Ted, Cindy and the rest of the Sallis family. I remember when "the twins" arrived and the excitement of the whole community.😅😅. I also graduated with Rose in Gr Pr and am sure they made a great couple. Hope you are spending those quarters. R.I. P. Buzz.

  • 24/09/2023

    Cindy and Dale, Condolences to you, I will forever be grateful for my time with buzz chatting watching sports or waking him up to a "what do you want!" His humour and smile will be cherished always- With sympathy Elizabeth

  • 21/09/2023

    To Cindy and Dale. Sincere condolences. What a very difficult time for you. Losing a loved sibling takes its toll and a part of your heart aches forever. But the memory of all the good times is a comfort. Gail.

  • 19/09/2023

    Gary, Cindy, Ted and families. So sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Deepest Sympathy Rick & Faye

  • 19/09/2023

    My mom, Dorothy or Ducky as she was known in the Lachelt family, was one of Buzz's favourite aunts and they would sit close to one another and pat each other's hands and tell stories. He was a colorful character who everyone loved to be around. So quiet and thoughtful in his later years but with a subtle sense of humour. He will be sorely missed by us all !!! Condolences to the whole Sallis clan on his passing .

  • 19/09/2023

    To all the family and friends of Buzz, I'd like to send my condolences. I was one of Buzz's Healthcare Aides at Emerald Gardens. We all loved Buzz and we miss him dearly. He will never be forgotten!

  • 19/09/2023

    My sincere and heartfelt sympathy for Gary, Ted, Cindy and all of Buzz's family and friends. Growing up together in Wanham and being in the same grade, I fondly remember him as a talented athlete. He had a great sense of humor, always a big smile., a gentle guy, who was friends with many. May he now rest in peace.

  • 19/09/2023

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Buzz. Many wonderful childhood memories 💖. Love the quarters for the jukebox, those were the good old days! Celebrated many a birthday lunch with Rose not knowing her and Buzz were dating. What a pleasant surprise to find out they were, both very special people 💖

  • 19/09/2023

    To all the Sallis family, my heart breaks for all of you. Buzz was an amazing guy i really got to know him a lot better when he worked for Kendal Pipelines and I worked at UFA. He would come always with a smile and one of his wonderful one-liners at the ready. He is going to be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. My love and sympathy to you all, Levola

  • 19/09/2023

    Gary, Ted, Cindy and all your families. Our condolences go out to you all at this most difficult time. But I feel in your hearts it must be a big relief to know that poor Buzz is no longer suffering. He has fought a long hard battle, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Buzz you can finally rest in peace. Sincere Sympathy Paul & VIcky Yaremko

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