Bill Hunter

You may have seen this man walking around town over the past several decades

THIS MIGHT help you recognize Bill Hunter – if someone were to make a movie of his life, actor Donald Sutherland could play the leading role.

Tall and gaunt with longish grey hair and beard, sometimes looking like he needed a good meal, Mr. Hunter was most visible as one of this community’s walkers.

Regardless of the season, good weather or bad,   Mr. Hunter would be wearing a winter coat while out and about.

He never spoke much and social interaction was never his strong suit. You see, Mr. Hunter was one of those people who never fit in with the rest of society, preferring for reasons best known only to himself to keep his own counsel.

Mr. Hunter passed away Feb. 16 at the age of 68.

His last years were spent in his own residence, no mean feat for a person such as Mr. Hunter.

But that residence provided him not only accommodation, but a secure base from which he could venture forth for everyday tasks.

There are a lot of Mr. Hunters out there, people of varying degrees of abilities and capabilities and troubles.

It goes without saying that clean, affordable and secure housing is the starting point for progress in society for the most vulnerable among us.

It benefitted Mr. Hunter in his latter years and there’s every reason to suggest it will work for others, too.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

City hall, RCMP getting complaints about lack of physical distancing

So far, there’s no public health order to enforce the safety measure

Northern Health ready for COVID-19 surge

Health authority confident with inventory of ventilators

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

Uplands Elementary students get chance to wave at teachers

Students haven’t seen teachers in nearly 3 weeks

‘Better days will return’: Queen Elizabeth delivers message amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Queen said crisis reminds her of her first address during World War II in 1940

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

COVID-19: Hospitals remain safe for childbirth, say Vancouver Island care providers

North Island Hospital has been asked to share its perinatal COVID-19 response plan

Canadian cadets to mark 103rd anniversary of Vimy Ridge April 9 virtually

Idea of Captain Billie Sheridan in Williams Lake, B.C. who wondered what to do in times of COVID-19

B.C. VIEWS: Pandemic shows need for adequate care home staffing

Seniors in B.C. care homes face challenging times

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Most Read