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Robert B. Hunter, Jr.

Robert B. “Red” Hunter, Jr., 85, of Athol, died peacefully, Monday, October 26, 2020, in his residence after a battle with reoccurring Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with his family by his side.

Born in Gardner on May 14, 1935, he was the son of the late Robert and Kathryn (Gavey) Hunter. He graduated from Gardner High School with the Class of 1954. Red was a United States Marine Corps Veteran serving from 1957 to 1959, where he enlisted along with his brother Richard. He was a paving foreman and carpenter employed by P.J. Keating Company of Lunenburg for 35-years until his retirement in 1995.

Red was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church of Athol. He was a member of the Polish American Citizens Club, Elks Lodge, and Marine Corps League, all of Gardner.

Red was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and was a season ticket holder for several years. He enjoyed going skiing—working as a ski instructor for several years, playing and watching baseball. He loved his corvette.  He loved to travel especially wintering in Daytona Beach, FL and summering on the Cape. Red was a hardworking and all-around tradesman who loved to help others.   

Robert is survived by his wife of 46-years, Shirley A. (Buja) Hunter of Athol; three sons, Randy Hunter of Athol, James Hunter of Reston, VA, and Jason Hunter of Riverside, CA; a daughter Tammy Marshall and her husband Christopher of Royalston; five grandsons, Andrew, Camden, Caleb, Nolan, and Logan; a brother, Richard Hunter and his wife Sherry of Sebastian, FL; a sister Elaine McKay and her husband Donald of Hubbardston; brothers-in-law, David Buja and his wife Louise, Phillip Buja and his companion Betsy; sisters-in-law Phyllis Cole, and Joanne Jerome and her husband Jim; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and two good friends, Bob Lanoue and Jerry Boudreau.

He was predeceased by a sister and her husband, Kathleen and Arthur Hines.

Funeral Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 101 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331, or to North Quabbin Animal Shelter, 450 Thrower Rd, Athol, MA 01331. Please reference in memory of Robert B. Hunter.

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Dear Shirley, so sorry to read of the passing of your always smiling husband. I am glad you were able to be with him through it all. We enjoyed our visits with you and Red in NH and Florida, particularly our day at the Ringling Bros. Museum in Sarasota and our 2 Bob's posing like the statues and enjoying their ice cream. I hope a lifetime of wonderful memories helps you through the grief of losing this special man. Love, hugs and prayers, Jacqui Corcoran and Bob Cutter.

Jacqui C Nov 6 2020 12:00 AM

He was the best brother in the world. We had sooo many fond memories growing up in Ashburnham and Royalston and joining the Marines the same day. Semper Fi you make all of us proud. Love, Dick and Sherry

Richard and Sherry Hunter Nov 1 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Shirley and family:
We were saddened to learn of Roberts passing from Eleanor and extend our sincere condolences to you all. We always enjoyed visiting with you and Robert in Florida. He was very personable, a gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

John and Judy Williams Oct 31 2020 12:00 AM

I dealt with the red many times. Such a good guy. He will be missed. Ugly Bruce

Bruce banks Oct 29 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Red's family at this difficult time. May God's loving presence comfort you.
We send our sincerest sympathies.

Russ and Carol Stanley Oct 28 2020 12:00 AM

The four of us had memories of our world travels. Since life is nothing but a memory, we had great ones. Joanne and Jim Jerome

Joanne Oct 28 2020 12:00 AM

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