It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Dudley Hanks, on October 1, 2019.
A memorial service will be held on October 18, 2019, 1:00 pm, at the Keegano Community Hall, 19 Keegano NW, Edmonton.
Dudley Albert Hanks was born on January 6, 1960 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, to Alfred (Mike) and Ella Hanks. He will be forever missed by his wife of 30 years, Rosalind, his children, Daniel (Cindy), Robert, and Amelia, his grandson Winston, his mother Ella, his siblings, Audrey, Russ (Lori), and Darcy, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Dudley is predeceased by his father Mike and his father-in-law Leonard Austin.
Developing a deep love of photography at an early age, Dudley used his keen mind and indomitable spirit to keep this passion alive despite his deteriorating sight from his condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa. He was a talented and hardworking man, developing a variety of skills while working in a printshop, as a photographer for the Leduc Representative, as a heavy-duty mechanic, an educational assistant, and at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. In the late-1980s he returned to school, receiving his high school equivalency from NorQuest College, before attending the University of Alberta where he studied Political Science and minored in English in the Bachelor of Arts program. He almost completed his degree, however, inadequate accessibility technology and disabled student services forced him to leave. Nevertheless, Dudley continued learning and pursuing his passions for philosophical understandings and writing for the rest of his life.
Dudley was a strong and principled man who believed unwaveringly in the inherent value of all peoples, regardless of their differences or abilities. Throughout his life he advocated for the rights of the blind, as well as for any group or person he believed was wronged, never once backing down from a cause he believed in. All who knew him will remember him for his desire to help and support anyone in need. Dudley strove tirelessly to be heard, publishing many letters-to-the-editor and blog posts over the years. Recently, he had been working to create a live-streaming project on the Internet so that a greater number of people could learn and benefit from his unique perspective and wisdom.
In 1988 Dudley met Rosalind Austin, and the two were married a year later, on the anniversary of their first date. They were married for almost 30 years, and raised three children, Daniel, Robert, and Amelia. After leaving CNIB, Dudley became a stay-at-home-dad, giving all of himself to support his family in every way possible. Dudley’s love for his family was ever-present in their home and was expressed in such things as his reliable presence, his constant words of encouragement, his impressive DIY projects, and the creative meals he had waiting every evening. Dudley Hanks was the embodiment of good in our community, and an inspiration for all who knew him.
“He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again” (W. Shakespeare, Hamlet)