OBITUARY

Richard Earl Hunt Jr.

July 1, 1937April 13, 2019

Richard "Dickie" Hunt passed away peacefully late in the night on April 13, 2019 at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Louise, his two sons Steve (Peggy) and Jim (Molly), and the love of his life, grandson Cooper. Richard was a Jacksonville Firefighter from August 1963 thru September 1996 and retired as District Chief.

Dickie was a native Floridian, born in Lakeland. After graduation from Andrew Jackson High School Jacksonville in 1955, he married his sweetheart, Louise. He joined the Marines and was stationed in California, where his young wife joined him. After his discharge from the Marines, they returned to Jacksonville where he fulfilled his dream of becoming a firefighter. He loved his job and had a distinguished firefighting career which culminated in his 33 year retirement at the rank of District Chief. During his career, he served on the very first hazmat team for JFRD based out of Station #9 (Feb 1977) and spent much of his time advocating for better protective equipment for the firefighters. Throughout his years with JFRD, he was instrumental in advancing the benefits extended to our firefighters, such as medical and retirement benefits. He also participated in The Shriner's, which may be best known for the Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the red fezzes that members wear.

For many years, on his days off from firefighting, he owned and operated a small real estate brokerage firm on the north side of Jacksonville. When his sons were out of school for the summer, he would also take his family to spend time together at a small lake house he purchased on Hall Lake near Keystone Heights, FL.

After his retirement from JFRD, he remained close to his firefighting buddies, and often went on fishing trips, as well as other travel. He participated many times in the annual Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament and the Florida Keys mini lobster season, and even made a few trips to Alaska for salmon fishing.

He had a fierce love for his sons Steve and Jim, and readily welcomed their wives into the family when that time came. His daughters-in-law could melt his heart just by saying hello. Then, in 2009, he was blessed with his first, and only, grandchild who rocked his world. No matter what, Cooper Hunt always brought a smile to his Papa's face. From that point on, Cooper became the focus of Dick's attention.

Over the past few years, some of the side effects of his firefighting career began to take a toll on his health, forcing him to give up some of the activities he had always enjoyed. Fortunately, he had a loving family to spend time with, and an especially wonderful wife beside him right up to the end. His journey on this earth has ended, and he was a fighter the whole way through.

Dick was not one for big, fancy ceremonies. As such, he chose to forego the traditional firefighter's send off. So, the family will be having a simple, private memorial service to honor his wishes, and his memory. But if you're so inclined, tip back a shot of Lord Calvert whiskey in his honor (or a piece of chocolate cake, if you prefer).

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REMEMBERING

Richard Earl Hunt Jr.

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Dale Tatum

April 22, 2019

Dear Louise, Steve and Jim,

Jo Anne and I wanted to send our condolences. I am just now reading Dick's obituary. As I am reading, many childhood memories come forward of Mulberry Street. From the red pinto that drove us to grade school, to Dick's office off of Lem Turner road. The memories of riding the dirt bikes at the lake house and of course the times from grade school at Holy Rosary to High School at Bishop Kenny.

Many thanks to you all for providing such powerful memories of what is important in life.

Jo Anne and I send our love to you guys and pray that you will continue to spend time together as much as you can enjoying each other.

Life on earth will always be busy however heaven promises what is eternal. So slow life down to be with each other more now, then in the past. God's Blessings and grace to you all.

With much love,

Dale and Jo Anne Tatum.

Ronnie Learn

April 22, 2019

My condolences and prayers are with the family. I worked with Dickie on the fire department. He was a good man and chief. He will be missed.

Jake Fulmer

April 22, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. I worked with Dickie Hunt at the Fire department for years. He was a great man and friend.

Bernice & Lloyd Cooper

April 21, 2019

Dear Louise,
We are thinking of you and your loved ones as you mourn Dick's passing. Our intellects comprehend the loss, but our hearts have a difficult time letting go and adjusting to the loss of someone we loved so dearly. To have been blessed with the love of someone so dear means extra pain when we have to say that final goodbye.
May you continue to receive strength from the loving arms of Jesus as he holds you close during this difficult time.
With love and deepest sympathy,
Bernice & Lloyd

JOE TAMPLIN

April 21, 2019

Old Springfielders may be gone but they are never forgotten. I was on the School Boy Patrol with Dickie at Beaulah Beal Elementry School and spent time at Springfield Park playing with him,lots of good memories. Lou so sorry for your loss. Think of you often and all the good times at ole AJ.

Lisa Sandifer

April 19, 2019

Dear Louise, Jim, Molly, Cooper, Steve, and Peggy,
We were deeply saddened to hear of Dick's passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, but will try to take joy in knowing he left behind a legacy of love that you all represent.

Much love,
Kirk, Lisa, Collin, and Kristin

Jenni Smith

April 19, 2019

I loved reading this obituary . The perfect description . It was always very obvious how much he enjoy watching cooper play any sport and Jim coach . Without slot of words it was apparent how much his family and wife meant to him . No matter the effort to make the drive or walk the fields or courts he showed up ! I am sorry for your loss boys and Louise .
Tight hugs for the Smiths
Troy and Jenni
Hayes , Kelley, Finley , ford , Quinn and Sutton Grey ❤️

Steve Burton

April 19, 2019

As a friend of Richard’s son Steve for probably close to 30 years, I remember meeting his dad at one of Steve’s rental properties, helping Steve and his dad clean up the property and cut back some invasive bamboo. Although in his seventies, Richard worked like he was thirty years old. I was impressed with his strength and focus on getting the job done. Quiet, yet friendly, he served his city well. I wish his wife and family my most sincere condolences and wish them faith and strength during this time.

Mary Malone

April 19, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys. Mary, Felicia and Christine

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FROM THE FAMILY