GREENFIELD - Almon P. Hunter, Jr., 93, of Lillian Street died Friday 5/9/14 at home after a brief illness.
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He was born in Houlton, ME on February 20, 1921, the son of Almon P. and Cornella (Swett) Hunter.
He attended Ricker Academy and continued his education at Boston University where he attained his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.
Almon was a combat veteran of World War II serving as an Infantry Company Commander in the 102nd Infantry Division, serving in the European theater. He was awarded the Comabt Infantry Badge as well as two Bronze Starts with ""V"" (Valor) Device. Almom continued his military career in the US Army Reserves, retiring as Lt. Colonel in 1981.
He was Vice President at the Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company where he was in charge of Real Estate Investment for many years. Almon retired to Cape Cod in 1980.
Almon was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church.
He was co-founder of Senior Symposia at Greenfield Community College.
He was an avid fisherman, bird watcher, environmentalist and rabid reader of historical non-fiction.
Among his survivors, Almon leaves four sons, John M., Charles B., both of Hyannis, MA, Paul W. and his companion Michelle Dilts of Leyden, and James P. and his wife Kathy of Sterling, a daughter, Mary H. Coffey and her husband John of Milford, CT, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and his dear companion, Ethel ""Risky"" Case.
Almon was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary A. (Doherty) Hunter on December 4, 1998, and by his brother Donald Hunter of Peabody, Ma.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday 5/14 at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 221 Federal Street, Greenfield with the Monsignor Ronald G. Yargeau officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Greenfield.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday evening from 4-6 p.m. at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal Street, Greenfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway Street, Greenfield, MA 01301. Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.
Kostanski Funeral Home
220 Federal Street Greenfield, MA 01301
Published in The Recorder on May 12, 2014