Harry Hunt remembered

Harry Hunt, a respected and long-serving member of the Aldergrove community, passed away Saturday evening, Nov. 7.

Harry Hunt, a respected and long-serving member of the Aldergrove community, passed away Saturday evening, Nov. 7.

Harry, 75, had been fighting a very difficult battle with cancer for the past couple of years, after losing his beloved wife Betty to cancer two years ago. He had gone into Surrey hospital a week ago for another round of surgery but doctors discovered that the cancer had spread and was inoperable.

Harry had briefly come back to his Aldergrove home and was pleased to see his children, Laura and Bob, were securely settled into their homes on the Hunt family farm. However, his condition quickly worsened and he was transported to Langley Memorial Hospital for palliative care. He succumbed at 6:26 p.m. on Saturday, surrounded by his family.

Laura told The Star that condolences having been pouring in from the Aldergrove community and that the many kind words are appreciated by the family. She said arrangements are being made for a memorial service before he is interred alongside his late wife Betty.

Harry and Betty first met at Camp Luther in Hatzic in their youth and were newlyweds when they settled on an Aldergrove acreage in the late ’60s. Here the couple worked on their hog farm and Harry also worked as a bricklayer, while they raised their family and became deeply involved in their community.

Harry had played hockey and rugby in his youth in Vancouver and took this interest in sports further as he became a highly regarded coach and supporter of youth sports in Aldergrove. He had many other interests which he pursued in service of his community, from service clubs to the arts and politics.

When the western Canadian hog market collapsed in the 1980s Harry and Betty were able to save their acreage from creditors through hard work and the support of many friends here. The couple also began working as school custodians, jobs which they held until their retirements.

Harry has also become well-known for his photo contributions to The Star over more than 25 years. He first pursued sports photography as a natural interest, but expanded his portfolio to include landscapes, portraits and other photos for The Star.

Harry was the recipient of numerous service awards in the community and was humbled by the community support at the Harry Hunt appreciation night held at the standing-room-only Aldergrove Arena two years ago.

Just Posted

Love of music shared with Langley’s little musicians

A Grade 11 R.E. Mountain student stepped up, realizing many local families couldn’t afford lessons.

The man who gave up law school to work in a homeless shelter

Joshua Medcalf is keynote speaker for 2018 Leadership Superconference at Langley Events Centre

Langley students get an education in entrepreneurship

Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad program gives students hands-on experience

Second Langley man found guilty in $6 million fraud

The co-accused in the Aggressive Roadbuilders fraud admitted his guilt in court.

Man who abducted and assaulted 11-year-old Langley girl has parole rules tightened

Brian Abrosimo made ‘inappropriate and sexualized’ comments

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Mega Millions prize of $654M is nation’s 4th-largest

No one has won the U.S. jackpot in almost three months

Pot shop raids “highly unlikely” on Wednesday: head of police chiefs

Dozens of illegal pot stores have operated for years in Vancouver, Victoria and other municipalities in B.C.

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

Aldergrove policing focuses on safety, prevention

RCMP Cpl. Kurt Neuman’s October update from the Community Liaison office

Most Read