Terri Hungle was a tenacious survivor with a pioneer spirit. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, she was the fifth of 8 children of Olivia and Robert Poling. The depression wielded a heavy sword on this large family. After completing grade 11, opportunity beckoned Terri from afar. She moved by herself to Ottawa to accept work with the Department of National Defense, while completing her final year of high school at night classes. After 1 ½ years in Ottawa, she returned to be with her family who had relocated to Thunder Bay, Ontario. She subsequently joined the military to become one of 200 CWACs stationed at Camp Shilo, Manitoba. After being discharged, she accepted a position in Thunder Bay with the Department of Indian Affairs as secretary to the Indian Agent.
Terri met and eventually married Gus Hungle who had also served in the military. With work being difficult to find, Gus accepted a job in Sarnia. They rented a one-room cabin with no heat, no water, no toilet, no kitchen. After moving to a tiny cottage in Bright’s Grove, Gus began to build his family a home on Webster Drive working each day after his 3-11 shifts. It was at this new home, in the unfinished half bath, that Superior Office Services (SOS) was born. Terri applied her secretarial and management skills as assistant to the president of Ethyl Corporation to prepare for this new challenge. SOS became a well-respected placement service, the first of its kind in Sarnia. Terri worked long hours to build her business, and the success of SOS prompted the sale of the Webster Drive home and a move to a house on Vidal Street that became both the residence and office.
Terri’s community contributions encompassed a position as chair of the mayor’s committee for the 125th anniversary of Sarnia that involved 18 months of planning, coordination, and implementation of a highly successful people event. She was a commissioner for the Blue Water Bridge. Terri was a valuable volunteer on the organizing committee for the bridge “twinning” ceremonies celebrating the opening of the second span of the Blue Water Bridge, a joint International Bridge Project.
After over 20 years in business, Terri sold SOS and Gus bowed out of his company, Elecon Electric. They began travelling south in their RV for several months each year until Gus passed away in 2005. Terri is survived by her daughters Penny and Leisa, Leisa’s husband John Rich, and their two daughters Kiara and Lakota, and Kiara’s son Madoc, and daughter Toryn.
Cremation has taken place. A Memorial service will be held to celebrate Terri’s life on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery.
“The most important thing I know about living is love. Nothing surpasses the benefits received by a human being who makes compassion and love the object of his or her life. For it is only by compassion and love that anyone fulfills successfully their own life’s journey. Nothing equals love.” – Sargent Shriver, founder of Peace Corps.
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