DENNIS HUNTER

(HOWARD) DENNIS Hunter passed away suddenly on June 11, 2010. Dennis was recently predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Diane, and is survived by his daughter Cathy, son Doug and wife Sandra, grandsons Clayton and Ryan and sister Arlene (Richards). Born in Vancouver in 1935, Dennis married his beloved Diane and settled in Richmond in 1958 where they spent many happy years raising their family. An airline captain who flew equipment ranging from the DC3 to the 747, Dennis was frequently quoted as saying that there was never a day when he didn’t enjoy going to work, and was often amazed that he was paid to do what he loved. After a career spanning 35 years with Canadian Airlines, Dennis moved with Diane to their dream home on Saltspring Island where they enjoyed their retirement in an idyllic ocean side setting. Den was an avid angler, hunter and boater, whose experiences were always enriched when he was able to share them with his family. He instilled his love of the outdoors in his kids who have many fond memories of cruising and fishing adventures in Desolation Sound and beyond aboard the ‘Snowbird’. Two of Dennis’ proudest outdoor achievements were the acquisition of a Boone and Crockett hunting record, and clinching first place in the 2005 Fawn Lake BC fishing derby. No hunting or fishing accomplishment would rival the arrival of Den’s long anticipated grandkids however, who quickly commandeered the soft spot he held for children. Dennis’ many wonderful friends, family members and others will remember him as a gentle and generous man, with an easy smile and a positive and pragmatic outlook on life. Those that he worked with came to expect fairness and respect; values that were also afforded to those he mentored during the years that he volunteered with the BC Borstal Association. To his wife, Dennis was a devoted husband who made a habit of placing her interests above his, and who loved her like no other. To his children, he was a patient, considerate father and role model who was quick to provide support and encouragement, and who is dearly missed. Tight Lines Dad. Donations to Lady Minto Hospital Foundation are greatly appreciated.

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