Norman Kenneth (Ken)
June 9, 1924
– April 6, 2009
Norman Kenneth (Ken) Hunston was born in N. Sydney, Nova Scotia, the youngest of five children born to Katherine MacDonald and Robert Hedgeland Hunston on June 9th, 1924, but was raised in Saint John, NB where he graduated from Saint John High School. His career and career changes took him to many parts of Canada as a weather observer/radio operator for the Dept. of Transport, ticket agent for Trans-Canada Airlines in Winnipeg, Baffin Island as a dispatcher for East Coast Carriers, and the B.C. Logging industry as a camp-accountant and first-aid attendant in logging camps around the province. Wherever he worked,his wit and sense of humour endeared him to his fellow workers. A serious back injury in 1990, just after the onset of his Parkinson’s condition, diminished his mobility and, latterly, his dementia made life difficult. It was time to say “Good-bye” and on Monday, April 6th, in the early evening he peacefully left us for a place without pain.
Ken was predeceased by his two sisters Edna, Molly and his son Scott. He is survived by his brother Robert and sister Dorothy; sons Jeffrey (Sylvia), Fletcher (Joanne), grandchildren Whitney and Alister, Kira and Scott; second wife Claire, and daughter Jennifer.We thank all those who helped Ken through this difficult time of his life, especially Dr. Proctor who nurtured him with care and patience for many years; the wonderful home-support workers and the nurses at the hospital who gave him excellent care over the years. A celebration of Ken’s life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, April 18th, at the United Church on Pinecrest & Birch. In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to the Pacific Research Centre (for Parkinson’s and other mobility disorders) at 600-890 West Pender St., Vancouver, BC, V6C 1J9.