OBITUARY

George W. Hunter Jr.

December 20, 1938December 15, 2020

George W. Hunter, Jr. passed away suddenly of natural causes at his home in Columbia, MD. He was born in Brooklyn, NY to George William Hunter Sr. originally of New York, NY and Anna DeCosta Hunter originally of Charleston, SC. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Georgiana Price. He is survived by his children Joseph W. Hunter (Adrienne), George W. Hunter III (Jennifer) and Terri Ann Royster, grandchildren Joseph Hunter II, John Hunter, Reginald Royster III, George W. Hunter IV, Evan Hunter, Kayla Hunter and many cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives. He graduated from South Carolina State University with a degree in Biochemistry and was until his last day a proud member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and a proud Bulldog. He transitioned early in his career to technology sales and was one of the few black District Sales Managers at IBM. He orchestrated the sale of the largest computer system in the world at the time to the National Weather Service. Later he was the most senior sales manager at Hewlett Packard. He was also a pioneer when he opened the Energy Store in Columbia, MD, which sold windmills, solar systems and wood burning stoves. His company was the first private company in history to sell energy back to Baltimore Gas and Electric. He later worked with Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor. He was very active in his church and his community. He was a believer in equality. He was a proud liberal and fought for inclusion in the workplace. He loved music and art. He was a founding board member and benefactor of the Soulful Symphony. “Pop Pop” was incredibly supportive of his family and was at every possible family event, whether it was a lacrosse game, a graduation, a basketball game, a recital, a rock band concert or reunion. Love for family was his core principle. He loved to talk and impart his wisdom and his love to so many. He gave you his full attention whenever he spoke with you. He was never distracted, never hurried and always made you feel welcome. A private family funeral is planned for January 6, 2021 to be streamed live at Witzke funeral home in Columbia, MD. A party and celebration of life is being planned for late July (conditions permitting). In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be sent in his name to the Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship Fund addressed to: Alpha Foundation of Howard County, P.O. Box 2694, Columbia MD 21044, with check payable to Alpha foundation of Howard County, memo George Hunter Jr.

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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Ashley Coleman DeCosta

January 6, 2021

It took so much to find my thoughts here. Cousin George was one of my Grandfather’s favorite cousins, and so he became mine as well. Such a beautiful and genuine heart, and kind spirit. I would see Cousin George at reunions but it was when I left for college our own relationship began. Not knowing anyone in the Baltimore area and my first time away from home, he made sure I knew I had family and was loved. He would make trips to Morgan, where we would head to the pier for fun dinners or just be a phone call away to make sure I was ok. If you needed to feel family there he was.

I’m truly broken hearted by his loss but there is a sweet peace in my heart knowing all the loved ones we have lost he has been reunited with in heaven.

To the Hunter clan, my deepest condolences.
All my love,
Ashley Coleman DeCosta

Susan DeCosta

January 6, 2021

Blessings to all. I remember my cousin George as a loving and kind man. I will forever hold George in high regard with great love and respect. My prayer is one to heal the broken hearted, and to increase our faith during this time of great loss. Sleep well cousin, till we meet again.

Jennifer DeCosta

January 5, 2021

What and amazing loving sweet soul cousin George was! The love he had for his family was pure gold!!! I can write a book about him but imma try to keep it short! My fond memories of Cuz George was visits at my grandparents house out in wantagh Long Island and family Reunion bus trips!! Our conversations hugs and laughter in the back of the bus was so meaningful! I’ll never forget our last family reunion we had there was hip hop playing and I was next to George and he said oh hell naw we ain’t listening to this garbage so he got up from his seat and told the driver to play jazz! Sure enough he did!! All the family cheered Georgie on lol !!! You will never be replaced Cuz! You’re legacy will always be with us in spirit! Seeing you on that holiday zoom call truly made me smile with pure joy!!! Rest in power beloved until we meet again much love and blessings to my Family!!! In Christ Jenn DeCosta

Laler DeCosta

January 3, 2021

I loved George very much. He was a part of my life since I was a child. I grew up in the house he did given how close my father and Aunt Anna were. I remember him when he was in his youth and I was just a kid. George became an awesome leader of our family and always the same nice guy he started out to be. I’m so blessed that he called me recently and we had a chance to talk one on one. Further blessed by his participation in our recent holiday Zoom call. He cannot be replaced and will always be sorely missed.

Nancy Smith

December 21, 2020

The Watermark community will miss George Hunter. We will be less because he is gone, but we are so much more because he was here.

Mavis Lewis

December 21, 2020

With sympathy to the Hunter family: I hope that you can find some comfort in your many special memories and in the thought of the happy years you shared. Wishing the family strength and peace.
I will miss talking with George in the lobby at Watermark.

Mavis Lewis

Ruth Nimmo

December 21, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the entire Hunter family on the loss of George Sr. . He was a resident at Watermark Place for many years and a positive contributor to the social environment, especially in the summer at poolside. He served on several committees and made valuable contributions to our self-governance. I recall his stories about the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the lovely home he had there. George will be very much missed.

Vivian Goldman

December 21, 2020

He was such a nice man and will be missed here at Watermark.
Vivian & Stuart Goldman

Richard Alexander

December 20, 2020

With deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad, my fraternal brother and friend, who has given you so much to remember, who will always be so dear to your heart.

Richard and Sarah Alexander

Sean McHale

December 20, 2020

So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your dad, George. He was an awesome man. I will carry many fond memories of him as we grew up and seeing him cheer Kayla on in lacrosse. May God comfort you in your sorrow. Peace.

FROM THE FAMILY