HUNTER, Richard (Rick) William
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1956 - 2013
Richard ("Rick") Hunter, 57, of Okotoks and Calgary, passed away on December 18 in the arms of his love of 12 years, Leanne Hassenbach. Rick was born in Saskatchewan on June 7, 1956, to Muriel (nee Thorimbert) and Bill Hunter. By profession, Rick was a Stone Mason and Real Estate Broker, but his passions were golf, sports, motorcycles, horses and friends. A joker extraordinaire, Rick never passed on a chance to goad his American friends and celebrate his beloved Canada. Rick lived lovingly and large, traveling and golfing his way around the world, playing internationally renowned courses, including Saint Andrews in Scotland, Emirates in Dubai, Hong Kong Golf & Country Club and various prestigious USA courses. Known for throwing world class pig roasts and parties at his and Leanne's Triple H homestead, sharing laughter, good humor and joy with both his countless faithful friends and any new acquaintances. For ten years, Rick courageously and obstinately fought cancer, never failing in his starring role as Leanne's Superman. In addition to his wife and mother, Rick is survived by his sister Janet; brother Robert; daughter Amanda. Rick was preceded in death by father Bill and sister Judy Keen. Rick's family is enormously appreciative of the Unit 57, BMT and Oncology doctors and staff at Foothills Medical Centre. A Party to Celebrate Rick's life will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 with the location to be determined. Donations in Rick's memory may be made to the UofC Hematology Research and Education Fund and mailed to Lori Wishart, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Department of Oncology (1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 4N2). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Rick Hunter, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2013