Charles Scott Hunter

Charles Scott Hunter

August 10, 1921 – June 6, 2016

Scotty had an adventurous life. Born in Brechin, the Scottish Highlands, he was a school boy when he crossed the Atlantic with his parents to start a new life in Detroit, USA. When in his teens, during the depression years, his search for new horizons took him all over the Western States and as far as Mexico, working his way as he traveled, hitchhiking and riding the railroads.

Scotty was attending Wayne University in Detroit, when he went to Canada and volunteered in the RCAF before the US entered WWII and was selected to train as a pilot. Through his flying course in the BCATP he saw many new places across Canada and in March 1942, he was posted overseas. Scott was attached to an RAF group and eventually undertook flying duties in the UK, North Africa and the Mediterranean. He was then posted to RAF Ferry Command and flew a total of 18 Atlantic flights, as well as a flight to India. Scotty ended his Air Force service as an instructor in Comox in 1944-45. At age 24 Scotty enrolled at Queens University under a DVA plan and left after one year as he succumbed to the life of Vancouver Island.

In 1947 Scotty and his partner Duke Schiller started the Courtenay Cabs Company and operated the first radio dispatch taxi on the North Vancouver Island. Scotty met his lifelong love, Loreene Wadland and married in the little church on Mission Hill on January 26, 1948. Scotty was an active member of the Courtenay Rotary for seven years. During this period he wrote a weekly column for the Argus Newspaper. Scotty became a log scaler for Comox Logging and then became a Hydrographic surveyor the BC Power Commission.

During the 5 years hydro project on the Campbell Lakes, opportunity came along to become a broadcaster with Billy Brown when CFCP radio station commenced broadcasting in September 1959. Scotty spent 22 years enjoying all aspects of the radio broadcasting business.

During the 60’s Scotty served in the RCAF Reserve and was Adjutant of 386 Air Cadet Squadron at CFB Comox. Scotty was also a charter member of the 888 RCAF Association and a 62 year member of the Courtenay Legion His passions included golf (whether rain or shine), fishing the straits and mountain lakes and spending hours in his abundant garden. Whatever life had to offer, he enjoyed and loved his family most of all.

Left with many memories of Scott are his wife of 68 years, Loreene, two daughters, Sue (predeceased by son-in-law Larry) Grandson Leon (Shannon), great-grandchildren Hunter and Harper; Granddaughter Christy and Cathie (Kyle) and Grandson Michael. There will be no service, as per Scotty’s request. A family gathering will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local SPCA.


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