William Jamieson Hunter went to have dinner with his Dad, whom he lost when he was 8 years old, on September 6, 2010 in Abbotsford, BC. at the age of 86 years young.
Time to remember Bill (my Babe), William Jamieson Hunter.
Bill was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, February 7, 1924 to George and Edith Hunter. They lost their father when Bill was 8 years old. The family, Mother, younger sisters Joyce and Agnes and Bill, came to Vancouver when Bill was 11. He went to Point Grey Junior High. Then he went into the Aero Engineer Mechanic Course through the Air Force. He ended up overseas and stayed until the end of the Second World War. Bill came back to Vancouver after trying out a few other jobs, such as working for the Depot Agent, Mailman (as they were called in those days) for 3 years. Bill took quite a bit on interest at Carpentry work and was hired as a house builder, finishing carpenter’s helper and a new life began and ended as a master carpenter. He was self taught most of the way. Bill was a genius in many ways and I think he would say that he was shocked at how things turned out. Bill and I married in 1968; we lived in the west end at that time. He built us a log house in the Cariboo in 1969 and then we moved up to Lac La Hache in ’72, as he was hired to remodel a lumber mill. Completing that, he went to work for a company building houses, then after a few months he decided to go into partnership with a fellow builder, Pete Christensen and between them built approximately 70 homes in the 100 Mile House area. In 1981, Bill was hired as the one and only carpenter for the School District 27 and his biggest job was renovating the boardroom of the administration building in Williams Lake. We moved to 108 where Bill built our one and only house. He worked for the School Board until he retired in 1989 and we moved to Sooke. After 18 years in Sooke, we moved closer to our families to enjoy our wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bill will be unbelievably missed by his loving wife of 42 years, Patricia; his daughter, Linda Ann, his grandchildren, Simon (Noy), great-grandchildren, Marcus and Kira; grandson, Jake (Rhiana), great-grandson, Lukus; son, Michael (Shelly); step-granddaughter, Nancy (Richard); granddaughter, Tiffany and stepson David (Karen); grandchildren, Kari, Dori and Tim. Bill also leaves his beloved sister, Joyce (Joe), many nieces and nephews and their wonderful families. Bill leaves many cousins and a step-mother-in-law, Grace, in Alberta. Bill was predeceased by his mother Edith, in 1985; sister, Agnes in 2005.
He will be greatly missed by his many, many friends. We would like to acknowledge the kindness and thoughtfulness of the Paramedics, Chilliwack Hospital nurses and doctors, and especially the Abbotsford Hospital ICU ward for their thoughtfulness in making Bill’s and our final hours together, so peaceful. Until we see you again, your loving family.
A Gathering of Family and friends will be held at 2:00 pm on Sept. 26, 2010 at the Halcyon Meadows Clubhouse, 46000 Thomas Rd.. Chilliwack, BC.
Online condolences can be left at www.Woodlawn-MtCheam.ca