Groton - William R. Hunter, 82, of Groton, passed away unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, Aug. 5, 2014, at Yale-New Haven Hospital, surrounded by his family.
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He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Elizabeth; his four children, Linda Hunter of Pawtucket, R.I., Richard Hunter and his wife, Thelma, of Groton, William Hunter Jr. of Ledyard, Michael Hunter and his wife, Liz, of Mystic. Bill is also survived by his grandchildren, Jeffrey Hunter and his wife, Teresa, Tiffiney Dart, Lauren Hunter, Scott Hunter and his wife, Elena, and Michael Hunter Jr.; as well as his great-grandchildren, Maryah, Aubrey, and Sophia. In addition, he leaves behind his sister, Gail Seeley of Reading, Pa.
Bill dedicated his entire career supporting the U.S. Navy, retiring from the Navy after 28 years as a master chief electronics technician (SS), and then working as a government contractor for 25 years in Submarine Ship Control. His varied career included aircraft carriers, blimps, submarines, Command Master Chief tours, and supporting numerous DASO's on the Trident class submarines.
Bill was an avid golfer, achieving the rare feat of being able to post a score lower than his age. He enjoyed the comraderie of his weekly golf junkets with his golf buddies, Phil, George, and Jay, and his outings with his children and grandchildren. Bill loved to fish, spending hundreds of hours fishing with his family over the years. He was especially proud of his yearly fishing trips with his sons in central Florida.
Bill and Liz loved their vacations; semi-annual trips to Las Vegas, traveling cross country, cruises with family and friends, and road trips with his grandchildren.
He was a life member of the Groton Sportsman's Club and the Groton Lodge of Elks.
Bill will be sadly missed and will be most remembered for his quirky sense of humor, coining infamous expressions such as "we're off like a herd of turtles" and "no hugga mugga", and his unwavering love and devotion to his wife and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St.
Please visit www.byles.com to sign the guest book or share a memory.
Byles-Groton Memorial Home - Groton
310 Thames St.
Groton, CT 06340
860 445 4844
Published in The Day on Aug. 7, 2014