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Industry Achievement
Keith Hunt (2008)
Keith Hunt meets with a local mayor on a special train on the Kingston Subdivision, 1965Leader Keith Hunt was a man whose talents, ethics, and passion for his work allowed him to rise from apprentice electrician to railway vice president. Growing up in London, Mr. Hunt started his career on the Canadian National Railways for thirty one cents per hour in the railway’s shops.

His family explains that given his 6 foot two stature and athletic abilities, he might have ended up playing professional baseball had World War II not intervened and saw him head overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he flew as a pilot officer in the 437 “Husky” Squadron in the European theatre.

 Returing from the War, Mr. Hunt went back to London and learned to maintain diesel locomotives which were about to replace the steam engine on CN. In 1951, he received an Engineering degree from Queen’s University. Rising through the ranks, Mr. Hunt held a number of operations management positions including Superintendent.

While in Toronto in the 1970’s and as Vice President of the Great Lakes Region, he was involved in the construction of the now world-famous CN Tower. A keen and knowledgeable operating officer, Mr. Hunt was recognized by his colleagues and employees for his attention to safety and concern for the grass roots railroaders who every day – without fanfare – made sure that the railway ran safely and delivered the best possible service to its customers.

 His career had an influence on railroaders from Montreal to Battle Creek to Belleville. Never forgetting the railway’s contribution to history, Mr. Hunt was instrumental in the return of famed CN steam locomotive 6060 in excursion service on the railway. This legacy continues today with its preservation and operation on the Alberta Prairie Railway. Mr. Hunt died in April, 2008 in Toronto. He is survived by his wife Marion and daughters Lynn, Dawn, and Victoria.

Keith Hunt: CNPA Newsletter Sept. 080001 (PDF 414 KB)
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