In Memory of



Obituary for Kenneth Hunter

We are sad to announce that Kenneth Drayton Hunter (Ken) passed away peacefully on August 14,2023 with his family by his side at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson B.C.

Ken was born on April 27,1948 to Ken and Gerri Hunter in Vancouver B.C. We are sure he was born with a fishing rod in his hand, as that was his passion in life.  He lived in West Vancouver and attended school there until the family moved in his Grade 8 year to Chase River near Nanaimo BC. Ken spent his youth fishing, playing pool, enjoying all the outdoor pursuits with his newfound friends in Chase River, hosting the best dance parties in the family recreation room and working at a garage. He graduated from NDSS in 1966 and moved to Victoria and began his career in sales, at which he was a master.  

Ken met his wife Marion when he was 14. They were friends during high school but after school she went to University and Ken went to work and they did not meet again for 21 years, at which time they fell in love and married on Dec. 10, 1988.

Ken worked in sales most of his life, with Eaton’s, Alcan Windows, Loewen, Maida Windows, and Cascade. In 1985 he moved to Ucluelet and began a sports fishing charter business, Sea Hawk Enterprises. Ken spent 18 seasons as a guide on the West Coast. Ken was a master fisherman, and the first time he ever fished Kootenay Lake he caught an 18-pound Rainbow.

Ken and Marion loved to travel and went to Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Macao, and New Zealand, where he was thrilled to catch a brown trout.  He enjoyed his annual fishing trip to Ucluelet in the summer and up north to fish the Skeena, Telkwa, Stelacko and Maurice Rivers in the fall. Besides fishing he was an avid golfer, crib and Racko player and loved to tie flies and work with wood. He loved music of all kinds, with Stevie Ray Vaughn and Pink Floyd often blasting while he worked. Ken hosted a large fish dinner each year where smoked salmon mousse, salmon, Poor man’s lobster, and his infamous Caesar salad were the stars.

Ken is survived by his wife Marion, his daughters Cori Piers and Farrah Exner, his beloved granddaughter Brooklyn, his brothers Vic (Deb) and Don (Virginia), his sister-in-law Gail Maki Richards, his nieces Jessa (Ben), Marena (Mike), Amanda (Daniel), his nephews Kevin, Keenan (Shelley) and Brian (Shenan), and his great nieces and nephews, Grace, Ian, Joel, Ronan, and Graysen. He was predeceased by parents Ken and Gerri Hunter and his brother-in-law Jim Richards. He will be missed by his fishing, work, and golf buddies. He was a loyal and loving man who left us too soon. Thank you to the doctors, nurses and care staff in Nelson, Trail, and Kelowna for all they did for Ken and his family in this difficult time.

A Celebration of his life will be held on September 16,2023 from 1-4 at 410 Johnstone Road.

“It is not called catching, it is called fishing.”