How shall we remember Huntley?
He was an academic, a full professor of economics at Carleton University. Lahouaria said he often told her that in his work he sought to know the world and understand how it worked. He was a passionate teacher. As such he inspired others around him. One of those who was touched by him said this:
“Huntley has always been an important role model and advisor to me and I will never forget him. He has touched so many lives, including my own, with his everlasting positivity and optimism, his contagious humour and laughter, his inspiring intelligence and ideas, and his kindness and care for everyone around him …. He knew something about everything and his unconditional thirst for knowledge has inspired me to pursue further studies and follow in his footsteps.”
Huntley’s parents were Quakers as am I …. Quaker values seemed to infuse his life. Not only did he study and teach economics, he also worked to put his ideas into practice. During his life he was active in Amnesty International, Doctors without Borders, Greenpeace as well as other environmental activities in Saskatchewan. He practiced what he preached, or should I say, he practiced what he taught.
Some of you here knew Huntley much better than I. However, in the few times that I met him, I realized that I was in the presence of a very sensitive, talented, and caring person.
… I will [now] close with a brief reading … taken from the book Christian Faith and Practice in the Experience of the Society of Friends:
“Death is not an end, but a beginning. It is but an incident in the ‘life of ages,’ which is God’s gift to us now. It is the escape of the spirit from its old limitations and its freeing for a larger future. We stand around the grave, and as we take our last, lingering look, too often our thoughts are there; and we return to the desolate home feeling that all that made life lovely has been left behind on the bleak hillside …. Yet the spirit now is free, and the unseen angel at our side points upwards from the grave and whispers, ‘He is not here, but is risen.’ The dear one returns with us to our home, ready and able, as never before, to comfort, encourage, and beckon us onward.”