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An icon lost: PNE says 'Hunky Bill' has died

Last Updated Aug 14, 2019 at 9:28 am PDT

Hunky Bill, who has been a fixture at the PNE Fair for more than 50 years, has died. (Courtesy PNE)

Hunky Bill, who's been a fixture at the PNE Fair for more than 50 years, has died

Hunky Bill’s Perogies has always been a family operated business spanning three generations, the PNE says

Bill Konyk died on Tuesday

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – You can be forgiven if you think the PNE Fair just won’t be the same this year.

The legendary man behind “Hunky Bill’s Perogies” has died.

According to the PNE, Bill Konyk passed away Tuesday night.

Hunky Bill had been a fixture at the annual fair for more than 50 years, and has been described as an “iconic member” of the Fair family.

“Hunky Bill was a beloved member of the extended PNE family for 52 years, beginning, as the legend has it, when the then-Vancouver-based radio executive bet a friend $10 that he could get a booth at the PNE to sell his homemade Ukrainian style perogies,” a statement from the PNE reads.

“The story goes that Bill showed up at the PNE administration office and spent an hour and a half convincing the then head of the PNE booth sales department to give him a chance,” it adds. “Konyk got his booth, won his $10 and began a 52-year journey during which time Hunky Bill has become one of the most iconic pitchmen and restaurateurs in Canadian history.”

Konyk’s family business will now be run by his wife and three sons.