image
For many years he was a familiar sight on Head Lake in Haliburton, paddling his canoe in the early morning calm, sharing the water with loons who gave him quiet pleasure. But outdoor life was not Bud Thayer's only interest. He also read early Canadian history and collected material about Haliburton's past, enjoyed fishing, steam engines and railroads, gardening and family life. Bud Thayer was born in Haliburton in 1911 of pioneer parents. He was educated in Haliburton and completed Grade 13 in Lindsay, then obtained a teaching certificate from North Bay Normal School. Later he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University. From 1932 to 1944 he taught school in Dwight, Port Cunnington and Hillside. Following the death of his father in 1945 he returned to Haliburton, where he spent the rest of his life. Bud Thayer was inducted into the Haliburton Rotary Club March 11, 1948 and remained a member until December 19, 1963. As president of the club he worked on the project that eventually brought the CN locomotive to its present location adjacent to Haliburton high school, the Skyline Park project, and on the development of the Head Lake waterfront beach. Mr. Thayer's wife Dorothy remembers his dedication to Rotary projects. He stayed in Haliburton until the day before their wedding in Hamilton so he could work in a booth at the club's two day summer carnival. The Thayers had five children: George, John, Marilyn, Mark and Kirk. Bud Thayer retired from Haliburton Highlands Secondary School in 1972, after a 40 year career in education. He died in 1993.