NEW LONDON - Berkley F. Hunter, 90, of Pleasant Street, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at his home.
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He was born in Melrose, Mass. on March 3, 1923, the son of George S. and Myrtie (Thresher) Hunter. He graduated from Melrose, Mass. High School and came to New London in 1949 with his wife Doris.
Berk was a flooring and tile mechanic owning and operating Sargent and Hunter Co. with his father-in-law. He was also employed by Colby-Sawyer College in the maintenance department for many years. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of The First Baptist Church of New London and was active in many different capacities there. Berk was the New London Tree Warden for 23 years, a 60+ year member and former Noble Grand of Heidelberg Lodge IOOF, a member of the American Legion and also a member of the New London Fire Department for over 30 years. Berkley also worked on the removal of clock faces and replacement when restored at The First Baptist Church. He was very proud of painting the interior of the church and also installing tile in the baptistry.
He and his late wife, Doris, received The Third of a Century Award from the New London Service Organization in 1999 in recognition of their outstanding community service and citizenship.
Berkley loved being outdoors in all seasons spending time with family and friends. He loved hunting, gardening, caring for his land on Pleasant Street and creating and flying kites.
Reading westerns was a favorite past-time and he enjoyed music especially playing his guitar and harmonica.
He was predeceased by twin daughters in 1946; two sons, James in 1955 and Stephen in 1953; his wife, Doris (Vinton) Hunter, in 2000; and his brother, Lincoln, in 2012.
Members of his family surviving include a son and his wife, Kit Hunter and Shelby Nash- Hunter of Kalispell, Mont.; two daughters and their husbands, Wenda Hunter and Paul Meyer of Farmington, Maine and Lynne Hunter and David Nordstrom of Wilton, Maine; six grandchildren, A.J., Teal, Hunter, Wynn, Kjell and Anja; one great-grandchild, Ryder J. Nash; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by many close friends from New London and the surrounding communities, including his close friend of over 60 years, Lloyd Littlefield.
A funeral service followed by a reception will be held Sunday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m. at The First Baptist Church of New London with The Rev. Charles Glidewell, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Elkins Cemetery following the reception.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lake Sunapee Region VNA, PO Box 2209, New London, NH 03257.
To sign an online guestbook please visit chadwickfuneralservice.com.
Chadwick Funeral Service
235 Main Street P.O. Box 68
New London, NH 03257
Published in The Concord Monitor on Oct. 30, 2013