Celebrating Bev Butt the “FIRST LADY OF PICKLEBALL”
Who passed away on Canada Day. She and I spent every day for the first 1 1/2 years of Pickleball Canada working to make this sport a reality in Canada. She will be missed.
From the Family:
Sadly, yesterday morning we were called to the hospice to come quick. We went at 8.30am to see Bev as we have done for the past few weeks. Shane, Bruce, Laurel and Dave went to see her. She was… stretching to communicate. We gave her the hugs from all of you and know that she understood. At 9.20am Mom went to sleep. There were lots of last minutes hugs and love. Bev understood and left us. So sad a person so vital and helpful to others. Shocking as it is, Mom passed peacefully with us around.
The family appreciates the support and love from her special friends of pickleball, her university buddies and those who shared time with Bev on her world travels, and all others who sent expressions of comfort and love.
Dave and family will get together with any and all friends who are able to come to Bev’s Tennis court and the Rec Centre at 3939 Gordon Road this Friday July 5th from 4pm to 7pm to share stories, have some wine and remember Bev.
If you wish, you may want to wear or bring something that’s her favorite colour (purple) or of her favorite team (green).If you are unable to make it or if you’d like to beforehand, feel free to forward any photos or notes (“what I remember about Bev…”) which would be appreciated and shared.
Dave’s email is .
Love to you all,
Dave and Shane.
4017 Gordon Road
Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 6G6
I am watching the solar butterflies from Bev and Dave’s window and I am struck by how much they are like Bev.
I say struck, because a fragile butterfly is not the first image that I would use to describe Bev.
These brightly coloured butterflies powered by the sun, flutter back and forth among the flowers. And no, flutter, is also not a word associated with Bev.
And yet, Bev is both beautiful on the outside as well as on the inside and she always goes from person to person looking for the best in others, and when she finds that little morsel of goodness, she draws it out and lets it shine forth for all to see.
Unlike these solar butterflies, who are controlled by the sun, real butterflies do pause and enjoy the wonders of that one flower, moving their wings slowly, like a dog with its tail, in absolute joy of the moment.
Bev does enjoy those moments and thankfully for us, she involves us and makes us focus on the good and the important things, rather than the trivial and negative emotions that we may be feeling.
At night, these solar butterflies, no longer stimulated by the sun, pause and rest and move slowly with the gentle breezes, reminding us that there is more to life than simply being busy. Bev enjoys people, but also recognizes the peace and tranquility and the healing spirits of down time. She delights in quiet moments, by herself, with a chance to draw strength and energy from the natural beauty that surrounds us. She takes the time, as they say, to smell the flowers too.
And here it is the next day, the sun is shining and the solar butterflies are excitedly back doing their thing – not because we wound them up or told them them what their various duties of the day were…… they just started fluttering all over again, so that we would start our day with wonder and awe at such a fun sight
And Bev is waiting for us……… not for us to come and assist her, but to give her the opportunity of pulling some happy memory from us, so that OUR day would start with a little flutter.
Yes, Bev does have many of those qualities of that beautiful and gentle butterfly that brightens our lives every time we experience her.
Thank goodness for beautiful people. Thank goodness for having Bev our in each of our lives.