24 Oct 1921 – 26 Sep 2015
Sadly we announce the passing of Al Hutchison on 26 Sep 2015. Pre-deceased by his parents Emily Charming and Frederick Henry, his wife, Lillian, his brother Harry and his second of five sons, Kenneth (Judy). Left to mourn are his sons Doug (Frances), Graham (Shirley), Bill (Frankie)
and Dan (Jenny) along with ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Al was born and raised in Vancouver and married his wife of seventy-two years in 1942. Shortly thereafter he enrolled in the RCAF and served in WWII as a pilot for three and a half years. On returning to Canada he began a career in the grocery business but was soon recruited by the Royal Air Force to return to peacetime flying in the UK. During this period he flew countless missions on the Berlin Airlift. Posted to Malaya in 1949, he participated in the Korean conflict and was awarded Mention in Despatches for his service to King George VI.
Once again returning to Canada he quickly transferred back to the RCAF and began a series of postings including Trenton, Calgary, Penhold, London, Comox and Summerside where he was released under a government austerity program. On retirement he took up real estate for a short time and ultimately worked in the BC Liquor store for twenty years. He retired in 1985.
AI was a consummate gentleman and never spoke ill of anyone. He was extremely well respected by his peers and was loved dearly by his family. He will truly be missed. There will be no service by request. His ashes will join those of his beloved Lillian. Those wishing to contribute are invited to support a charity of your choice in Al’s name.