Hank Bugara, who began his career at School District 57 as a science teacher at Lakewood Jr. High School and rose to assistant superintendent, passed away on Feb. 13 at the age of 91.
Henryk (Hank) Arthur Bugara was born in Quill Lake, Sask. on Jan. 27, 1931, to Albert and Frances Bugara, the last of seven children. A polio survivor, he attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and began a career in education. After he started teaching in a small rural school, he found his way to the Yukon, where he rose to become principal of F.H. Collins Secondary School in Whitehorse.
During his time north of 60, he met Myrna, an elementary school teacher, who later became his wife. They married in 1959, later having two children together: Robyn and Jaime. In 1968, the family moved to Prince George. He began as the science department head at Lakewood Jr. High School and quickly advanced to vice principal, principal and assistant superintendent.
An avid curler, Bugara was also a passionate supporter and season tickets holder of the Prince George Cougars.