PLEASE NOTE: Service for Archie Hunter has been postponed until a later date.
Archie Brydon Hunter
Surrounded by the love of his family, Archie passed away on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 at the Portage & District General Hospital at the age of 86 years.
Archie was born to Percy and Bessie (Bales) on July 28th, 1933. He was the eldest of their family of four children. He attended Gillespie one room school for many years until he was needed to help his father on the farm. In his early twenties Archie worked as a labourer around Gladstone and Portage area.
In April 1955 he married Shirley Boyd. They raised their family of three boys and two girls in Portage. Archie worked as a groundman for Manitoba Hydro for many years, and later as a truck driver for Portage Concrete, Custom Asphalt, and Perimeter Concrete. His last position before retiring in 1998 was a spare driver for Portage School Division. In the early 1980’s Archie and Shirley were divorced. He met Gaylene Morton who has been his spouse for the past 35 plus years.
Archie was a homebody. At their home he loved puttering around the yard (gardening, cutting grass and blowing the snow from his driveway and from some neighbours’ driveways). He was often teased about how he checked out the “back 40” several times a day. After Gaylene retired in June 1999 they travelled on short trips around Manitoba to see new countryside and towns, travelled to Alberta and B.C. several times, and took a bus tour to the Black Hills, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. A trip to Churchill in the summer of 2007 to see the belugas was great. Archie and Gaylene, along with their friend Judy, enjoyed a cruise and inland tour to Alaska in 2015 and a bus tour to the Maritime provinces in 2016. Even though Archie liked these trips he made it known that he was glad when he got home.
Archie loved sports; as a participant, a spectator, and an arm-chair coach watching games on TV. He was a season ticket holder of the Portage Terriers for many years. Archie was an avid 5-pin bowler for over 60 years. During his bowling years he participated in many bowling tournaments, (both locally and at different alleys throughout the province). In 1991 he won in a tournament at Shilo and earned a trip to Ottawa to represent Manitoba. Gaylene and Archie went many years to the Manitoba Seniors Games to bowl and with their teams. In 2004 they got to go to Whitehorse, Yukon to represent Manitoba. Archie was also a youth bowling coach for many years.
For the past 6 years Archie and Gaylene have lived at Windsor Park Estates enjoying their new home, the gardening in the summer, and the friendships of the other tenants.
Archie was predeceased by his parents, his daughter Heather in 2014, his stepson Shane in 2006 and brother-in-law Al Wilson. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Gaylene, his sons George (Glenda), Bryan (Jane), Raymond (Shannon), his daughter Sheri (Robert), his stepdaughter Loralee, and his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who deeply loved their Papa as he cherished his time spent with them. Also left to cherish his memory are brothers Frank (Marlyn) and Ross (Edna), sister Florence as well as many nieces and nephews, and his brothers-in-law Bill Boyd (Gail) and Ken Campbell.
The family wishes to thank all the medical staff of Portage General Hospital for their care of Archie, and especially Dr. Hunter and the nurses of Extended Care for their compassion and understanding during the past few weeks.
A Celebration of Life was to be held on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Herman Prior Centre, it has been postponed until further notice. If friends so desire donations would be gratefully appreciated to the Manitoba Lung Association, 629 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1P6
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Manitoba Lung Association
629 McDermot Ave.,Winnipeg, MB, R3A 1P6,