Obituaries & Death Notices


Maureen Isabel Hunt

Maureen Hunt died peacefully at Fairvern Nursing Home on May 23rd, 2018; one day before her 91st birthday. Beloved wife of the late Norris Edmund Hunt. Loving mother of Fraser, Jane and the late Geoff Hunt. Dear Nana to Robert (Susan) and Sarah Near. Proud great grandmother to Khalim, Malcolm and Evelyn.  

Maureen lived a full life of joy, sorrow and service. She graduated from the first class of physiotherapy from McGill University in Montreal. While raising her three children, she worked part time at a number of hospitals throughout her career, as well as, providing home care in her later years. Her contribution to the community of Huntsville was exemplary. She was the founder of the volunteer group, Friends of Muskoka Pioneer Village; President of the Friends of the MPV for 3 years; continued to chair, be a member of various committees and volunteer at the Village for many years. She was chairman of the Huntsville Local Architectural Conservation Advisory committee and of the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital board; member of the Ontario Historical Society board. She chaired the committee that published two local history books: Huntsville Pictures from the Past and Huntsville More Pictures from the Past. Her awards for volunteerism are too numerous to list. She was the first recipient of the Patrick Boyer award for Cultural and Built Heritage. She also received the prestigious lifetime achievement Ontario Historical Society’s Carnochan Award in 1997.

Maureen was a devoted wife, mother, nana, friend; keen bridge player, swimmer, skier, golfer, seamstress, entertainer. She enjoyed travels far and wide with her husband. She will be deeply missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity United Church, 33 Main Street, East, Huntsville on Monday,  June 25, 2018  at noon followed by a reception at Grandview Golf Club, 245 Grandview Dr., North, Huntsville. Many thanks to Dr. Stephenson and the excellent, caring staff at Fairvern Nursing Home. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, the Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka and the Fairvern Nursing Home New build program.

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Honourable David Near
Posted: 6/22/2018 10:35:00 PM
Jane, I was sorry to hear of your mom's death. She was a great mother in law and I always admired her strength and intelligence and she helped us a lot in those early days and together with your dad introduced me to the beauty of Muskoka. I know Rob and Sarah loved her very much too. I am sorry that I cannot be there on Monday but I am sure Rob and Susan and Malcolm and Evie and Sarah and Khalim will give you comfort. David
Graham Smith
Posted: 6/15/2018 10:50:00 AM
Jane and Fraser: Your mother was a constant in our family's life. A great friend to our mother and wonderfully fun and generous to us "kids". The Hunts were always synonymous with good times for all of us and, as the hub of the wheel, your mother played a huge role in that. My condolences to you both. Graham
William Hubacheck
Posted: 6/6/2018 5:47:00 PM
Jane and Fraser: I remember your mom well. Your late brother Geoff and I spent almost every afternoon watching “I Love Lucy” reruns after class at your beautiful lake front Oakville home in the mid 60s - and invariably we’d catch your mom breezing through on the way to some function or other. I mostly remember her for her great strength of character. A formidable woman.
john ascah
Posted: 6/5/2018 3:54:00 PM
Maureen was a great friend of my mother and all of my family, and I went to school with all of her children. My last memory of her was when we went on a trip up to Lake vernon, on a pontoon boat she had on muskoka river. My kids had fun jumping off the back. It was a beautiful day.
My condolences to the family and especially to both Fraser and jane.
Douglas Millikin
Posted: 6/5/2018 2:30:00 PM
Maureen was a very class lady, who fully contributed in so many ways, to “Touching The Past” in her adopted town of Huntsville.
Many wonderful memories of Maureen and Norris (Joe) as our long term partners in Bridge, canoeing and XC skiing, as well as working with Maureen on Pioneer Village research and in the Village .
Condolences to Fraser and Jane and her family. – Doug (and, in spirit Dorrie) Millikin
and on behalf of the Schuch's and the White's
Laura Johnston
Posted: 6/5/2018 10:19:00 AM
Hi Jane and Fraser. Please accept my condolences upon the death of your mother. She was a good friend of my mother (Lecily) for many years!
Regards, Laulra
Fred Allan
Posted: 6/4/2018 12:52:00 PM
My mother, Pat Allan, was very fond of Maureen as was I.
I am sorry for your loss and hope you take comfort from memories of her wonderful and caring life.
Christine Johnston
Posted: 6/3/2018 2:00:00 PM
Hello Jane, Fraser and Family Members:
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your wonderful mother. It was my great pleasure to make her acquaintance more fully during the weekly coffee club meetings at That Little Place Near the Bridge which I would attend occasionally with my mother. And I would often see her sitting in the sun on a Muskoka Chair at the entrance to Chartwell where she lent an air of History to those lodgings. Huntsville has benefited immensely from her contributions, and we will all miss her greatly.
Christine Schumacher
Craig Leslie
Posted: 6/2/2018 7:31:00 PM
Dear Jane and Fraser,
Sincere sympathy from The Leslie’s upon hearing of Maureen’s passing. Maureen was quite the lady and Mom! I personally remember your Mom always making me feel welcome in your home during our early years in Huntsville ... and that is a great thing.
Craig Leslie
And on behalf of Marshall and Eileen
Sharon Lefroy
Posted: 6/2/2018 2:17:00 PM
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of Maureen. (John and Georgie Lefroy and kids ) were great friends when she lived in Oakville many years ago. She will be deeply missed.

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