March 6, 2014
Mr. William J. Hunter, 86, of Liverpool passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Crouse Hospital after a sudden illness. Bill was born in Syracuse and was a Syracuse area resident for his entire life and he was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School and a veteran of WWII, U.S. Navy. Longtime communicant and volunteer at Assumption Church, Bill retired after 21 years in 1974 as a Sergeant with the Syracuse Police Department. After his "retirement", Bill went on to work an additional 34 years in Loss Prevention for Rite Aid, P &C and Wegmans and was the much loved hearse driver for Keegan-Osbelt-Knight Funeral Home for many years.
Pre-deceased by his parents, William and Mary Ethel (Hourigan) Hunter; his siblings, Peggy Auer and John Hunter; and his beloved wife of 58 years, Dorothy E. Hunter on July 6, 2011.
Survived by: Five children: Susan (Brian) Grier of Baldwinsville, Mark Hunter of Liverpool, Eric (Stephanie) Hunter of Syracuse, Paul (Nancy Bergeson) Hunter of Syracuse, David (Tina) Hunter of Liverpool; nine grandchildren, Jeffrey (Victoria), Sean, Michael, Ashley, Lauren, Ryan, Eric (Heather), Matthew and Emily; two great-grandchildren, Mary Margarete and Eric James; three siblings, Bud Hunter, Joanne Fayette and Pat (John) Greis; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Church, 812 North Salina Street, Syracuse. The Rite of Christian Burial will be in the spring at Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 406 Court Street, Syracuse.
Keegan-Osbelt-Knight Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Contributions: Assumption Church Food Pantry, 812 North Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13208.
Published in the Syracuse Post Standard Mar 7-9. 2014