If there was one word to best describe Dick, it might be “gift.” He was a gift to everyone he met, and he gave generously of his time and resources to charities and anyone in need.
Born into an Alberta ranching family, he learned the values of hard work, humility, kindness, courtesy, and respect from his father, Harry Harold Hunt, his mother, Florence Elizabeth (Foreman) and his siblings Wilf (Alyce), Ruth (Wilf), Bill (Lee), and David (Connie).
Dick met his cherished wife, Ruth, when he was on leave from the air force in 1944. One dance with her and he knew he’d met his match and his helpmeet for life. Later, while working on the ranch, Dick felt a call from God. He got down from the tractor, and knelt in the mud to pray. He moved his family to Saskatoon, where he studied theology. As an Anglican minister, he shared his deep devotion with parishes in Stettler, Williams Lake, Campbell River, Mayne Island, and Maple Ridge. Ruth shared his faith, his burdens, and his joy throughout.
A lifelong learner and voracious reader, Dick was a gifted storyteller, with a memory that stretched from cradle to grave. Until his 95th year, he wrote down his stories, many on his blog, and gave them as gifts (and lessons) to inspire us. He was happiest when he could combine his favourite hobbies: carpentry, Shaklee, and helping people.
Dick was a gift to his children Joy Midtdal (Sid), Rob (Wendy Cole), Gail (Doug Baker) and Tim (Elaine), grandchildren Graham, Brendan, Emery, Rafferty, CJ, Rachel, Robin, Liam, Derick, Elliott, Tess and Nathan, great-grandsons Scott and Brody, and nieces and nephews.
His friends, family and colleagues all around the world have been enriched by knowing Dick, and he treasured each one.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you give a little extra of your time, talents or dollars to someone or an organization that needs your help, in memory of Dick.
Memorial Service Nov. 6, 2015, Rt Rev Melissa Skelton, Bishop of New Westminster officiating. St George’s Church, 23500 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC. 11:00 am, refreshments to follow.