Feature photo by Liam Norris


7004 Byron Richard (Rick) Hinton (October 15, 1943 – March 03, 2018)
7004 Byron Richard (Rick) Hinton passed away peacefully and with grace Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Victoria, BC after a lengthy and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. He will be sorely missed by his wife, Glenda, brother Jim and wife Pauline, brother-in-law Bernie, wife Deb and favourite niece Jenn. He also has two children from a previous marriage. He was predeceased by his father, Byron Frederick (1955) and his mother Thelma (1992).

Rick was born in Windsor Ontario October 15, 1943. After high school he attended Royal Roads University in Victoria BC and Royal Military College in Kingston, graduating with a degree in civil engineering in 1966. Posted to Winnipeg, he worked as an officer conducting engineering studies. Although he left the Air Force after only a few years, he never lost his love for the Armed Forces, often wishing he had never left. In subsequent years he sought opportunities to challenge his intellect and creativity. He worked as an environmental consultant, as a management consultant advising small businesses and as a sailing school instructor/owner. After obtaining an MBA from the University of Alberta in the 1990s, he began a teaching and administrative career with public sector institutions and indigenous groups. Always a lifelong learner, he also completed an Ed.D. in Finance and Business Administration in his 50s.

Rick was a kind, gentle and loving man who endured many life challenges with perseverance and grace. His passion was sailing, an activity where he always found peace and contentment. He had a gift for public speaking whether it was presenting at public hearings, teaching in classrooms or doing public readings during church services. His illnesses stripped him of his ability to speak, write, walk, sail and think clearly but never his ability to smile and love.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

We are forever indebted for the care and support provided by numerous doctors, nurses, counsellors, health care workers, family members and friends throughout our journey including those at the Veterans’ Memorial Lodge at Broadmead where he spent his last months.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Parkinson’s Canada ( or the Canadian Mental Health Association (
Published in The Times Colonist on Mar. 10, 2018 – Here