RIP – Gary L. Hunt

WATERTOWN, N.Y. — Gary L. Hunt, 56, of Arsenal Street, died Tuesday after being stricken ill at his job in the maintenance department at Mercy of Northern New York.The Jefferson County medical examiner, Dr. Samuel Livingston, conducted an autopsy. The cause of death was determined to be natural causes.Mr. Hunt has been employed Mercy Hospital and later Mercy of Northern New York for 40 years.

Born Feb. 8, 1951, in Watertown, a son of Lawrence J. and Mildred Hunt, he went to work at Mercy Hospital after completing his schooling.

Surviving are an aunt, Katherine Hunt, Redwood; several cousins, Wesley, Jonboy Hunt, Pearl Hunt, all of Watertown; Tommy Hunt, Philip O’Neil, Mary and Patsy Hudson, all of Redwood, Bob Davis, Washington, and Beatrice Weaver, Arkansas.

The funeral will be 7 p.m. Friday at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the services. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Information provided by Reed and Benoit Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.

I’ve known Gary for 5 years. As a long time resident of my hotel he was someone who I conversed with on a daily basis. Gary was always there to chat with me on the nights I was stuck working till 6AM. We joked about life, the maids and my often crazy love life. He’d make fun of me for playing video games and swearing at the computer and I’d make fun of him for his big gray beard. I enjoyed Gary’s company so much that his unique personality served as an influence for a screenplay I wrote in film school in 2005. Gary was a good man and great friend, he will be missed.

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