Robert Lyle Hutchison
January 31, 1935 – January 29, 2016
Hutch as he was known to all his friends was a man who lived on his own terms and did not apologize for anything. Funny and well liked, he was not afraid to say what was on his mind. Fiercely independent up to his last days, Hutch rarely relied on others for assistance; instead he was determined to live his life on his own. Hutch died peacefully at the palliative care unit at Nanaimo Regional Hospital after a very brief illness.
Hutch was born in Port Alberni but his family soon moved to more prosperous Victoria before World War 2. As a young lad in Victoria, he and his friends often got into mischief finally resulting in the loss of four fingers on his right hand at the age of eight. After the war the Hutchison family moved to Nanoose Bay where Hutch would live until he ventured out on his own.
In 1957 Hutch met the love of his life Ann Brodyk at a dance in Nanaimo. They were married soon after and they continued to live in Nanaimo for the rest of their lives.An avid sportsman in his formative years, Hutch both hunted and fished spending much of his recreation time in the wilderness of BC. Hutch was a seasoned boater and circumvented Vancouver Island. He hiked to the northern tip of the Island and climbed Mt. Arrowsmith and other peaks in the area. Hutch spent many times in the Rocky Mountains in his search for elk and other game.
Hutch is predeceased by his father Robert (Bob) in 1990, mother Isabel in 2000, and wife Ann in 2002. He is survived by his son Bruce (Janice), sister Marlene (Cary) and many other nieces and nephews.
In lieu of a service a memorial tea will be held at his Buttertubs complex on Saturday February 13 from 1pm to 3pm.
George R Pearkes Senior Citizens
10 Buttertubs Drive
Nanaimo BC V9R 3X8