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HUNTER, Laurie Bruce

Laurie B.R. Hunter sailed away to his final harbour on Sunday, January 28, 2024 from Ottawa. Didn’t quite make the 95 marker but went in relative peace with family present.

The son of John Bligh Hunter (1894-1957) and M. Lenora (Essbury) Hunter (1895-1985), Laurie was predeceased by his wife Patricia Louise (Crosbie) 1930-2006 and by his second wife Sheila (Scarfe) Howe (1921-2022), Survived by his sister Mary Lee (Hunter) Smith, of Saint John, NB, his three children Michael (Doris) of West Bay, Cape Breton, Kathlyn, of Bridgewater, NS, and Janet, of Ottawa. Will be sorely missed by grandchildren Jennifer Steeves MacDougall (Michael), Riverview, NB, Amy Butler (Dan), Vancouver, BC, Jonathon Hunter of Toronto, Ruth Davy (Paulo Eduardo de Moura) and Erin Davy (Matt Casey) both of Ottawa, and James Davy (Kalene) of Toronto. Laurie proudly had four great-grandchildren. Remembered fondly by many nieces and nephews.

Born in 1929 in Halifax, NS, raised in Jollimore, Laurie was a former resident of Saint John attending Saint John High and then raised his family in Moncton, NB, ending as long-time resident of Ottawa, ON.

In his youth Laurie was a competitive swimmer in both public school and university, and maintained a longstanding relationship with the YMCA in both Saint John and Moncton as well as being active as a Scout leader and as an elder in Riverview United Church.

As an adult, he kept up with curling in Saint John, Moncton and Ottawa. Laurie shared his love of the water with his children and grandchildren, through YMCA activities, boating and family camping trips. He and his wife Patricia (Pat) were avid sailors in the Ottawa area as members of the Britannia Yacht Club, and in retirement sailed their boat Jester to Florida and the Bahamas for a number of years.

An engineering graduate of University of New Brunswick, Laurie was a career civil servant with the federal Department of Transport, airport division, for twenty years in Moncton then ending in Ottawa.

A Celebration of Life will be organized when the weather is more accommodating for travel and the winds are fair.

Should you wish, a donation in his memory to The Dementia Society, the YMCA, or for fellow sailing enthusiasts, the Britannia Yacht Club Foundation, would be appreciated. Condolences/Tributes/Donations
Hulse, Playfair & McGarry

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