Robert John Hunt of Milton, Massachusetts died peacefully on July 12, 2018 after a brief illness.
Bob Hunt was born to sail. Everything about him said water, wind, sea and sky – from his thick blonde hair that blew in the east wind, to his incredibly strong hands that held fast to canvas and rope, to his crystal blue eyes – the color of the sky on a perfect sailing day; everything about him pointed towards the water.
He was born on September 2, 1934 in Quincy, Massachusetts, the youngest of three sons of Thomas and N. Grace Hunt. Not long after graduating from Quincy High in 1953, Bob entered the United States Navy, no surprise for a guy who had grown up sailing with his father and brothers. He served two years active duty stateside and four years in the reserves.
In 1955 he started working for the Mason-Neilan Company in Dorchester. He completed a four-year apprenticeship and graduated as a Qualified Second Class Machinist.
In 1965, he married the love of his life, Katherine Marie Sacco of Milton. Bob and Katherine dated 13 years before getting married. He wanted to make sure he could provide a home for her. He took great pride in the fact he was able to buy a home in Dedham for cash before they married.
Bob and Katherine eventually moved to Milton. They did not have children, but did have four beloved Yorkies, who were their fur babies.
On sunny days with a good east wind, you would often find them and their pooches on board their boat the East Wind, sailing out of the Town River Yacht Club in Quincy, where Bob was the second oldest and longest member there next to his older brother Harvey.
Katherine passed away in March of this year and it could be said Bob died of a broken heart.
Bob is predeceased by his parents and his brother Thomas of Quincy. He is survived by his brother Harvey and his wife Caryl of Quincy, his dedicated niece Patti Ann Leahy and her husband Robert of Quincy, as well as other dear relatives and friends.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend his funeral at 11:00am on Saturday July 21st at Hamel-Lydon Chapel and Cremation Service, 644 Hancock St, Wollaston. Burial to follow alongside his beloved bride at Milton Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the start of the service, beginning at 10:00am.