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Clarence (C.G.) "Bud" Atwood, Jr.
July 11, 1944 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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C.G. “Bud” Atwood passed away peacefully on Monday, January 29th at UTMB Hospital in Galveston, TX. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Angelina “Tangy” Orange Atwood, his grandson Benjamin Thompson, his brother William Atwood, and his parents Carolyn and CG Atwood, Sr., Bud is survived by his children Christopher Atwood, Carrie Thompson, Timothy Atwood, and Thomas Atwood and their spouses Cynthia Atwood, Eric Thompson, Dawn Atwood, and Tam Atwood, as well as his grandchildren Maggie and Sam Thompson; Caitlin, Jolie, and Aimee Atwood; and Camden Atwood. Bud is also survived by his sisters-in-law Gail Atwood and Mary Orange and nieces and nephews Matt Atwood, Jill Atwood, William “Trey” Orange III and Elise Orange. Bud will also be missed deeply by his dear friend Terry Molloy His parrot, Nemo, always liked Tangy better but will miss Bud nonetheless.
Bud was a long-time resident of Crystal Beach TX on the Bolivar Peninsula. Born July 11, 1944, Bud grew up in Bath, Maine and attended University of Maine Orono before leaving school to have a family and begin working for AT&T. Bud moved to Houston, TX in the mid-1970s and adopted Texas as his home, right down to diving a proper cowboy pickup truck. Still, he never gave up his love of the Red Sox and Patriots, even if he didn’t admit it often in public.
In 1984, Bud married the love of his life, his third wife Angelina “Tangy” Orange,a fellow AT&T manager. Everyone agreed that Tangy was the one person who could get Bud to do anything she asked; his love for Tangy was obvious to anyone who knew them. Their life together was one of adventure and travel in pursuit of hobbies such as scuba diving, fishing, and boating. When Tangy passed away in 2015, Bud was heartbroken and never quite the same.
After 25+ years working for AT&T, Bud retired in 1991 as a District Manager and never looked back, though he maintained his many friendships, especially Jim and Jan Taylor with whom he and Tangy were very close.
Bud and Tangy relocated from Houston to the Bolivar Peninsula, first in Kona Kai and then to the Waterways area of Crystal Beach. Retirement didn’t last long though; Bud studied, got his Captain’s license, and started a charter fishing business taking people deep sea fishing on his yacht Tangy III along the Gulf Coast in Galveston. What started as a part-time way to have fun and get paid to go fishing became a nearly full-time, successful charter business until he retired again and closed the charter business in the early 2000s. Bud continued to go fishing, this time for fun, until Hurricane Ike in 2008 took Tangy III up the ship channel and totaled her; Bud never bought another deep-sea capable boat.
Bud and Tangy loved their life on the Peninsula. They were deeply involved in the Lighthouse Krewe, working on the Mardis Gras floats, attending events, and supporting the efforts of the Krewe in whatever way they could. A life-long, accomplished piano player, Bud could be found playing many nights playing piano at a bar or on his home keyboard.
Bud Atwood was a good friend to many, loved by his family and friends. He was deeply proud of his family and bragged often about his kids and grandkids and their accomplishments to anyone who would listen. He will be missed.
On February 19, 2024, there will be a graveside service for Bud with his family and close friends at 10AM at Calvary Cemetary in Galveston. Bud’s family is hosting a Celebration of Bud’s Life at Jose’s Cantina in Crystal Beach, TX at 5:00 PM; all are invited to attend. Wear a shirt with a fish on it (Guy Harvey shirts were his favorite) and come share your best memories and stories about Bud.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Houston Audobon Society to support the Smith Oaks Bird Rookery; the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; or the New England Prader-Willi Syndrome Association.