It sounds like Bill Hunter was well known in Terrace as the man who walked around town but to me he was my mother’s brother and my Uncle Bill.
My family and I were shocked and heartbroken when we were notified of his passing. My Uncle Bill had moved from Ontario to BC many years ago and despite efforts by my family, communication was very limited.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community of Terrace for looking past my uncle’s mental illness and seeing a man. – a man I would very much have liked to have known better and had the opportunity to spend more time with.
My mother, Linda Hunter Cronk, has asked me to add to this letter our sincerest thanks to the generous family who many years ago very kindly took Bill in providing a home at a modest rent and gave him a helping hand when he needed it the most.
Also, a special thanks to the people at Northern Health Mental Health for their dedication and caring for Bill.
Through the editorial and subsequent letters we have been able to see a glimpse of his life and the impact he had on others.
It has been extremely touching and meaningful to read the stories about him and know that the people of Terrace looked out for him when we couldn’t.
There aren’t enough written words to express my gratitude but as my father said it sounds like my Uncle Bill ended up in the right place with the right people, so thank you so much.
Stephanie Bencze, Barrie, Ontario