Barton Family History

Hunter, Kenneth Roy

Male 1948 - 2012  (~ 63 years)


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  • Name Hunter, Kenneth Roy 
    Nickname Ken 
    Born 23 Jul 1948  Brisbane Womens Hospital, Brisbane, QLD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Lived Est 1952  Eastern Valley Way, Middle Cove, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    School Est 1953  Castle Cove Primary School, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    School Est 1961  North Sydney Boys High, North Sydney, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    School Est 1967  Sydney University, Sydney, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Studied Civil Engineering initially, but changed to a Science Degree mid stream. He majored and topped his year in Computer Science. 
    Employment Est 1971  Melbourne, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Shell 
    Lived 2011  Jewells, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cremated 14 May 2012  Lake Macquarie Memorial Park, Ryhope, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Firstly, on behalf of Janice and Susan, I would like to thank you all for coming today, especially those who have travelled from interstate. Not quite the family reunion we would have all planned, but lovely to all be together to share our memories of Ken.

      He was always a very private man and until recently only those closest to him knew about his illness, but he was very positive in his attitude and doing everything in his power to overcome this obstacle. His sudden admission to hospital last week and subsequent cardiac arrest were not only unexpected, but so sudden, everyone has been left in shock. We can however be grateful that he didn’t suffer.

      Kenneth Roy Hunter was born on 23rd July, 1948 at Brisbane Women’s Hospital, the eldest child of Dorothy (Doss) and Gordon Hunter and first grandchild for Rene and Roy Gowing. Ken was followed exactly 2 yrs later by Ross, a further 2 yrs later by Janice and finally Susan, 9 years after that.

      Ken spent his early childhood in Brisbane, but returned to Eastern Valley Way, Middle Cove to attend Castle Cove Primary School and later North Sydney Boys High. Ken was always quiet, serious and studious, even as a child.

      After doing well in his leaving certificate, he studied at Sydney University, initially Civil Engineering, but changing to a Science Degree mid stream. He majored and topped the year in Computer Science, which led to being offered a job with Shell in Melbourne, along with an old school friend, David White. Quite how his interest in computers began is unknown, as it was such a new field back then, but Ken obviously excelled.

      Messages from Shell workmates: We worked with Ken off and on over many years from the mid 80’s, in many IT mainframe projects and support teams and then in the SAP support team. We always remember that he was totally dedicated to Shell AU and was not impressed when Shell IT started to outsource and offshore the support of our critical systems (to IBM in India) – he did not want to be a part of ‘virtual’ team. He was the Shell AU ‘pioneer’ in IT – he worked on so many of the original mainframe programs for Shell Australia in the early to mid 80’s and had the ability to work through complex programming problems very logically and clearly. His documentation was always of the highest standard and he seemed to never make mistakes. He was a great programmer and solution designer and always very professional. He was quite the mainframe technical expert & guru and knew all the answers to all our questions and became one of the key go to people whenever there was a problem. It is a shock to hear that our old mate and great guy has left us. Please pass on condolences to Ken's family.

      Ken always had a keen interest in Astronomy and took some brilliant photos of Haley’s comet during its visit in 1986. At one stage I shared this interest and Ken and I spent a number of evenings sitting on Mum and Dad’s front fence, as he pointed out various stars and constellations and their related information. The fact that I can remember Achenar, Pollux & Betelgeuse speaks volumes for what a good teacher he was and Sirius, the brightest star in the sky will always remind me of Ken.

      His other great love was model planes. He received a number of Australian and international awards for his models, which he proudly displayed in a glass cabinet in his unit. His pride and joy was a Catalina – not only for the quality of the model, but because Uncle Gordon flew Catalinas during WW2 and was based nearby at Rathmines for some time.

      His other interest was cars and his red Ferrari was a definite talking point amongst family and workmates alike Also displayed in his glass cabinet was his Olympic torch, which he carried through Melbourne on behalf of Shell, prior to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. When we visited Ken only a fortnight ago, he was telling us how it was the proudest day of his life and was delighted it would remain in good hands, as he knew Janice valued the torch as a family heirloom.

      Ken was always very keen on sport. In his younger days he played tennis, cricket and later, ice hockey and remained very fit, going for long walks every day right to the end. When the cricket season was in full swing, you never found Ken too far from the TV.

      He didn’t travel a lot, but had travelled extensively around Victoria and more recently to Tasmania. He had also went to the US for Shell at one stage. He had great plans for travel during his retirement, around NSW and to New Zealand. Sadly these plans will never be realised.

      He remained in Melbourne for a couple of years after his retirement from Shell, but last year moved to Jewells to be closer to Janice and the family. He had a lovely unit in Greenleaf Village and I know he was glad he’d made the move and had time to spend with the family, even if it wasn’t nearly as much as he’d planned.

      Robyn McKie
    Person ID I0106  Barton Family Tree
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2016 

    Father Hunter, Gordon Watson,   b. 17 Nov 1917, Wooloowin, Brisbane, QLD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 2001, Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Gowing, Dorothy Mildred,   b. 12 Feb 1925, Roslyn Private Hospital, Lindfield, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 2004, Sydney, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 28 Jun 1947  St Albans Church, Lindfield, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Moved Oct 1990  Willandra Village, Marsfield, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0038  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Jul 1948 - Brisbane Womens Hospital, Brisbane, QLD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived - Est 1952 - Eastern Valley Way, Middle Cove, NSW Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSchool - Est 1953 - Castle Cove Primary School, NSW Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived - 2011 - Jewells, NSW Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremated - 14 May 2012 - Lake Macquarie Memorial Park, Ryhope, NSW Link to Google Earth
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