Remembering Hugh Town

January 27, 2016 · 3 comments

Hugh Town was a man who always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He greeted everyone with a smile and usually had a joke to share. Hugh was the epitome of what the Aloha spirit was all about and we at Vancouver Ocean Sports were truly lucky to have him as a part of our Ohana.

He was known for being a versatile paddler having paddled in various vessels from canoe, dragon boat and outrigger canoe. He was also a certified coach. One paddling adventure had him and some friends retrace Alexander McKenzie’s expedition which took place over three summers. Aside from his paddling activities did you know Hugh was also an accomplished skier, actor, musician and singer? Yes, a singer! In the early 1960’s when Hugh and Florida lived in Kimberley, BC they helped found The Lost Dawg Singers. Hugh was also a very talented banjo player.

The Towns were frequent visitors to Hawaii and in 2006 they helped start the breast cancer survivor’s outrigger club the Mana’olana Pink Paddlers. The club consisted of only six members at the time which has now blossomed to over 90 paddlers! Hugh coached and mentored these paddlers for several successful seasons.

Hugh was well known for performing random acts of kindness, his family has asked for anyone wishing to remember Hugh to please do the same. He has left a great legacy behind including his three children, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

E hoʻomaha me ka maluhia Hugh Town, you will be dearly missed

MIke Billy February 10, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Hue was a great paddler .We will miss him. N.V.C.C.

Florida Town March 9, 2016 at 10:08 pm

Thank you, Mike. He always regarded you as a special friend.

Rama Gilverson March 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Florida and Kat, Your loss is our loss and heaven’s gain….
I ALWAYS enjoyed meeting his smile and kindness right up to the last
years. Such a precious gift to us all, Hugh continues to be…

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