Hector was a silk weaver by profession and a trade union leader in Chile’s Textile Workers Union. He emigrated from Chile to Canada in 1978 following the US supported coup and subsequent dictatorship in Chile of General Augusto Pinochet. After the coup in Chile, Hector was blacklisted for his union activities and unable to find employment anywhere.
In Canada, he worked for a number of years in Edmonton at the University Hospital and later, when he moved to BC, at the City of Victoria. He was regarded as a dedicated and conscientious worker who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone. Hector was devoted to his adopted country, a very ‘proud’ Canadian and spoke out strongly about the need to ‘buy Canadian’. While still working he participated in a number of the humanitarian caravans to Cuba with Pastors for Peace.
Hector loved life and remained socially and physically active until two weeks prior to his passing. He was involved in many activities including the Victoria Weavers, sang and danced in Tango festivals, volunteered at the Greek festival, and a proud dishwasher and ping pong player at the Juan de Fuca Senior’s Centre. Hector is predeceased by Amelia (his first wife and mother of his two children; she passed away far too young from cancer). Ruth (his second partner, who, even after separation, he remained always a solid advocate for her, demanding services for her from the under-resourced mental health care system). Hector is survived by Noel Gunnerson, his wonderful and supportive partner of later years, his two sons Juan Carlos and Miguel, their partners Kirsten and Beata, his three grandchildren, Carlos Daniel, Fidel and Amelia, one great grandchild Avaya (daughter of Carlos Daniel) and numerous other extended family members.
There will be an ecumenical memorial service at 1pm, followed by a celebration of life at 2:30pm on Saturday August 19, 2017 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Rd, Sooke, BC. [Limited parking, car pool encouraged] In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Together Against Poverty Society