Not many people can say they’ve been married for 50-plus years, and fewer can say they were happily married that length of time. But Katherine Hunt could.
She was born Katherine Marie Sacco, daughter of Peter and Gilda Sacco, 80 years ago in Boston. The family moved to Milton, where Katherine went to school and graduated from Milton High School in 1955.
While still in high school, Katherine met a young man named Robert Hunt, a Quincy guy who worked for Katherine’s uncle. “I liked her from the moment I met her,” said Bob. But it would be 13 years before the two would tie the knot. Bob wanted to make sure they saved enough money to buy a home. They married in September of 1965.
Katherine worked for ten years as a secretary at Hunneman & Company Real Estate, followed by 37 years as a legal secretary for Attorney Walter S. Robbins.
Katherine and Bob did not have children, but lavished love on their four Yorkies, Pepper, Scooter, Geronimo and Geronimo 2. Their other love was sailing. They were longtime members of the Town River Yacht Club in Quincy. When Bob and Katherine first started going out, she had no idea how to sail, but Bob taught her. “She took to boats like ducks to water,” he said.
That was the key to their long, happy life together – they enjoyed each other’s company, plain and simple. Bob loves to tell people they never had a fight, they just always got along. “I really couldn’t have picked a better mate.”
Besides her loving husband, Katherine leaves behind a brother-in-law, Harvey, in Florida and nieces and a nephew here in the Boston area. She was especially close to her niece Patty Ann Leahy and her husband Bob, who lovingly helped Katherine’s husband care for her during her final years.
There will be a viewing on Tuesday, April 3 at Lydon Chapel for Funerals in Quincy at 10:00am followed by a memorial service at 11:00 am and burial.