Lawrence Gilbert Hunter
“Larry” – “L.G.”
1930 – 2016
It is with profound sorrow and a sense of relief that we announce the passing of Lawrence on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at East Kootenay Regional Hospital. He was 85. Larry fought a courageous five year battle with cancer.
He was born on June 9, 1930 at the Tadanac Hospital in Trail, to Russell and Francis Hunter, the youngest of six children. Lawrence received his schooling in Trail, BC. At the age of seventeen he gained employment with CP Rail in Tadanac where he worked as a wiper of locomotive engines for a few months and in December of 1947 he was transferred to Cranbrook as a locomotive fireman. He has considered Cranbrook his primary residence since that time. Also in December 1947 he met his future wife, Jessie Sparks. Lawrence courted Jessie off and on between railway transfers for five years, and they married in 1952 and started their family of three sons in 1955.
Lawrence was predeceased by his parents, three sisters and two brothers. He is survived by Jessie his wife of 63 years, three sons Robert Hunter of Victoria BC, Clayton (Sandra) Hunter and Rodney Hunter both of Cranbrook, three grandsons Andrew Hunter, Darcy Hunter, and Jordan Hunter, two granddaughters Rylee Hunter and Shaylen Hunter, as well as two great-grandsons Roman and Davian Hunter. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lawrence loved the outdoors and enjoyed many years of golfing, fly fishing, and gardening. He was happy doing hard labor and in the wintertime he was an avid curler. He served as president of the Seniors Curling Club for two years and was also a dedicated fan of the Kootenay Ice.
Cremation with interment of cremains will take place at Westlawn Cemetery on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 11:00 am. The funeral service for Lawrence will take place at McPherson Funeral Home in Cranbrook Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm. The family gratefully declines flowers. For those so wishing, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 19 – 9th Avenue South, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 2L9.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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