A man who walked softly while leaving a trail of gigantic footprints across Prince Edward Island died Friday (March 20) with his family at his side.
It would be easier to list the things he didn’t do, and the people he didn’t know, than try to note such a list of achievements and friends.
A long time veterinarian and politician, Ings still found time to be a fiddler, a founder and a family man.
He was well known for driving his VW “bug” from farm to farm through the rut filled roads in eastern P.E.I. during the 1950s and 1960s and penned books about those rural visits that included hot tea and biscuits.
“The Island has lost one of its best known vets,” wrote colleague Dr. Claudia Lister. “He was P.E.I.’s answer to James Herriot.”
Ings established the Montague Veterinary Clinic in 1967 and was elected Kings 3rd MLA in 1970.
He was re-elected in 1974, 1978, and 1979.
He served as minister of agriculture and forestry and minister of health and social services in the Alex Campbell government.
“Bud will always be around in the memories of all the people he knew and served,” wrote former P.E.I. poet laureate Hugh MacDonald.
Ings helped establish the Atlantic Veterinary College, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and was a charter member of the Garden of the Gulf Museum, the Montague Rotary Club, and was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
He served on the town council here, was a member of the Montague Legion, and was a trustee of the Kings County Memorial Hospital and the local school board.
He was a member of the Prince Edward Island Centennial Commission and the Holland College Board of Governors.
Ings was a member of Hillcrest United Church Choir and the Montague Male 8 Chorus, the Venerables senior drama group, and was a lifetime member of the P.E.I. Fiddler’s Society.
Ings was also an avid photographer and upon retiring penned two award winning books about his travels as a vet and earned the Order of P.E.I. in 2012.
His book, Mud, Sweat and Tears saw all proceeds from book sales donated to the P.E.I. Humane Society.
Ings was married to Connie Mair, who predeceased him, and has three daughters and two grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at the Ferguson Logan Funeral Home in Montague.