Hank Shelley passed away July 14th, 2021, a month short of his 83rd birthday. He is survived by his sons Terry, Alan, Steven, and his partner Gwyneth Stead.
The Salmon Arm Fish and Game Club (SAFGC) lost a long time member. Always willing to volunteer and help maintain the club, Hank was our Director of Fish and Game for more than 30 years. Working with the British Columbia Wildlife Federation (BCWF), he kept our membership informed about Region 3 issues affecting British Columbia’s fish, wildlife and habitat.
Hank’s sons say that their Dad “liked to keep busy and work hard.” Hank’s hard work is a part of a “fish and game” tradition, a conservation perspective, that we seem to be losing in our club, and indeed in British Columbia. From childhood to retirement, Hank always enjoyed fishing and hunting throughout British Columbia. His commitment and work for our club will be hard to replace.
Hank was raised on a farm in the Armstrong area with his two brothers and a sister. After his service with the Canadian military, he moved his family to Merritt to start work with the BC Department of Highways maintaining road signs. Following his work with BC Highways, Hank bought Post Lake Resort in the Okanagan Valley where, during the 1970s, he spent 10 years running his fishing lodge.
Hank later settled in Enderby, BC and worked as a Federal Fisheries Officer until he retired. Both in his work and his personal life, fishing, hunting and the outdoors were Hank’s passion. In his newspaper column, the Shuswap Outdoors, Hank published weekly stories about fishing and hunting, ethics and conservation issues, what fly or lure to use when fishing trout or salmon, and what changes in the fishing and hunting regulations you should be aware of. Locally, he volunteered with the Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society (SABNES).
Hank liked people. He would pick out a hat and then go and visit local campsites with his guitar. He composed some of his own pieces and then he would try them out on his visits, singing and strumming to those at the campsite.
The Salmon Arm Fish and Game Club sends our heart felt condolences to Hank’s family and his friends. Hank Shelley will be missed by our club and by our community. We have lost a hard working and committed advocate for local conservation, fishing and hunting.
Hank, we wish you a bon voyage, good fishing and good hunting my friend!
President – SAFGC