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Local park named in honour of Iron Bridge developer Bump Hudson

To honour life-long resident and Iron Bridge Estates developer Bump Hudson, the recently-christened 'Bump Hudson Sport Park' was dedicated in his name on Feb. 3

Bump Hudson was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1939. He led an active childhood in the Friendly City, playing hockey, football, and baseball. Baseball is where he really excelled, with his talents taking him as far as the minor leagues in California where he caught for the likes of Fergie Olver.

Bump hung up his ball glove in 1960, returning to Moose Jaw to begin a long career in construction by investing in C+S Construction. While working on the completion of the Lindale School, he met a teacher named Lori, who would soon become his wife. Together they went on to raise 3 great boys.

In 1972, Bump decided to venture into the pop bottling business, so he built a large bottling plant on Albert Street in Regina. He would later go on to build a plant in Moose Jaw to move the operation closer to home.

During this time, Bump sold out of C+S Construction, if that’s what you want to call it. He traded his shares in for a buck. Bump was, and still is, a man of principle. From there, he would go on to begin a successful company called Hargo Developments.

No matter how much he had on the go, Bump always found time to dedicate countless hours volunteering in the community with various local clubs, including the Kinsmen. To this day, his love and commitment to the community of his home town is still evident. His involvement with organizations like the K40s continues to this day.

In 1976, Bump decided he would like to be a rancher. He bought up some land south of Moose Jaw, where he started a purebred horned Hereford business. For us boys, it was more of a labour camp – it certainly didn’t hurt us, it made us into men! Looking back, ranching was like an escape for Bump, a way to get away from his crazy, busy life. Bump continued to ranch… until he was out of money.

After his stint in ranching, Bump decided to return to the construction business in 1984, after all, it was construction that made him who he was and is today. Together with his loving wife, Lori, they picked up their roots and relocated to Arizona, and then on to Las Vegas, where they would work and live until 2006.

The pull of family brought Bump and Lori back to Moose Jaw to be with their children, grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren.

His home address may have changed over the years, but construction was still in his blood. In the mid-to-late 2000s he built Lynbrook Place along with various other smaller projects. Upon the completion of Lynbrook Place, he tackled the development of Iron Bridge Estates – and what a beautiful place it is that he built.

So, in sharing the story of Bump Hudson and his devotion and contributions to the community of Moose Jaw, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of having their name commemorated on a sign or a place than him.

Congratulations, Bump!

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