Sep 5, 1933 – Oct 17, 2011
After almost being christened Ronald Squinton Hunt by his drunken grandfather, life for Rodney Quentin Hunt became one big adventure after another. Travel started early for Quent when his father moved the family from Winchester, England to Tenby, Wales where Quent spent all his waking hours exploring the rocks, caves, cliffs, and fishing and swimming with his buddies. In his late teens, a wee bit of a rebellious streak surfaced when his father enrolled him in an apprenticeship program with the Daimler Car factory. Quent did not want to design cars…he wanted to fix them! In defiance, he left Daimler, got a tattoo, and joined the navy where he was assigned to the HMS Superb as the Admiral’s photographer. Onboard ship he traveled to many countries, but he left his heart in Canada, and vowed to return there someday. Leaving the Navy he landed a job at the Texaco Oil refinery in Pembroke, a career choice that would lead him to Africa, and then eventually, to Canada. Working as a supervisor with an all Arab crew in Libya, N. Africa proved to be one of Quent’s most interesting, challenging, and rewarding life experiences. The Arabs struggled to pronounce his name, so in his late thirties, Quent became known as “Rod”. In 1974 Canada beckoned and Rod didn’t hesitate. He landed a temporary job with Imperial Oil in Edmonton, AB, then later worked for Syncrude Canada in frozen Ft. McMurray as a training officer. After 6 years he retired to the beautiful Shuswap Lake, and started his own business installing CSA approved fireplaces in mobile homes. There he met and fell in love with his wife, Denise, and they spent 25 magical years together. Rod was very fortunate to have lived a very exciting and varied life. He met interesting people from all over the world, and found employment in many diversified fields. Rod always looked to the positive side of any situation, and focused on the good qualities he noticed in people. He was kind, gentle, generous, very loving, never judgmental, and always happy. Diagnosed with cancer in April 2010, he savored each day, simply grateful for all of life’s many blessings. His philosophy: live each moment today; for tomorrow is promised to no one.
He is loved and will always be remembered by his surviving family: his wife Denise of Barriere, son Shaun Reynolds of Salmon Arm, daughter Karen (Pat) and granddaughters Megan and Christina Lucarelli of Richmond Hill, Ontario.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in his memory to North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society, P.O. Box 1, Little Fort B.C. V0E 2C0. Private family arrangements have been made and entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Box 859 Barriere, BC, V0E 1E0, 250-672-1999Print This Obituary & Condolences