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June 12, 2022

Charles Allan "Charlie" Hunter of Kincardine, died surrounded by the love of his family, at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine, Sunday, June 12, 2022, at the age of 72. Born Nov. 6, 1949, he was the son of Allan and Catherine Hunter. He grew up on the family farm, and was quite proud to be “just a kid from the 4th of Bruce.” He was affectionately known as "Bunny" by his siblings, Rodger, Jamie, Janice, Mary, and John – the nickname continued as a term of endearment for his many nieces and nephews. Charlie was the cherished partner and husband of Judie Hunter (nee Bell). In April, they celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary, and their lives together were grounded in love, compassion, humour, and mutual respect. Judie and her family introduced him to golf, a game that he would grow to love (and sometimes hate). He made many life-long friends on the golf course, and both he and Judie would later share their passion for the game with their children and grandchildren. To his boys, Jason (Jennifer), Jamieson (Athina) and Joe (Lana), he was father, friend, and mentor. Dad was always there to help whenever needed (he was pretty handy), always there to give advice (but only when you asked), and never one to judge the path you chose. Grampie's grandchildren, Maya, Serena, Gabriel, Thales, Sappho, Madeline, and Amelia, will miss him dearly. They are a bright, talented, caring bunch, and a real reflection of him. He was so proud of all of them (and very happy to tell you). Charlie was a great lover of music, and it was no mistake that his children and grandchildren became musicians and lovers of music too (although he was quick to point out that he, himself, “couldn’t carry a tune in a three-handled bucket”). As a 41-year employee of the Bruce Nuclear site, Charlie began his career as a carpenter during the construction of Bruce A and retired as director of health and safety. He forged many friendships during his time there, from all walks of life, and was very proud of his accomplishments along the way. He was an active member of his community in every way. He mentored countless young people as a coach in both minor hockey and minor baseball. He enjoyed his work as a volunteer in several community festivals, including the Kincardine Scottish Festival and the Kincardine Reunion. He also spent his time working with the Kincardine Trails Association, and the Walker House (of particular importance to him as he was a proud descendent of Paddy Walker). His involvement on the board of the Kincardine Golf Club, eventually as president, was close to his heart. And, as always, he made lasting relationships with so many of the people he met. Charlie was never one to back away from a challenge. He met his greatest challenge head-on, and refused to back down, bravely and without complaint. He fuelled his fire with long walks, taking in the sights and sounds of the town and nature, and enjoying conversations with friends and would-be friends, alike. He will be truly missed. No one who met Charlie will forget his smile, the twinkle in his eye, his spirit of warmth and compassion, and how he really did seem to care about what kind of day you were having. With Charlie's kindness, he made friends easily and everywhere. A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at the Kincardine Legion, Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 1-4 p.m., with remembrances shared at 2:30 p.m. Private family interment, Kincardine Cemetery. The Hunter family offers special thanks to CarePartners Leigh Rae, Maddie and Hannah, Dr. Jason Murray and the Kincardine hospital staff, as well as their loving niece, Joline, who provided support throughout. Memorial donations to the Kincardine Trails Association or the Paddy Walker Heritage Society, would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy; arrangements entrusted to the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine;