John “Jake” Hunter

A lifetime resident of Toyes Hill, John “Jake” Hunter passed away suddenly at home on Tues., Sept. 6, 2011. He was 68.

He was born in Toyes Hill on April 2, 1943 to his parents Joseph and Marguerite Hunter (nee Marcellus), and raised on the family farm along with his 10 brothers and sisters. Jake, as he was called by many of his family and friends, was a gentle man and a man of few words, but when he spoke, everyone listened.

He never married. He was content with his life. The reason he gave for not getting married was simple, “the women he wanted wouldn’t have him, and the women that wanted him, the devil wouldn’t have.”

He worked as a labourer all of his life. He loved sports, fishing, and gardening. The last few years he enjoyed 4-wheeling either at home in the bush or at the cottage with his friend “Vic.” He was never alone. His friend “Gangster,” the dog, followed him where ever he went.

He was a good cook and could make a mean pot of homemade soup. He opened the cupboard, threw in a handful of this and a bit of that, and it always turned out well. The last few years, with his partners Lawrence, Joe, Wayne and Terry, they made home made relishes, pickles, and tomato juice, which they shared with the rest of the family.

He looked forward to going to the race track and the casino along with his brothers. He also enjoyed gathering at Wayne’s for the family and friend barbecues, and at Joe’s every spring for a fish fry.

He was a very special uncle to his many nieces and nephews, and he enjoyed playing jokes on people.

He had his little home away from home, which was a little shack that all the brothers built out in the bush. They would gather there to play a few games of cards and eat the occasional turkey supper.

He is survived by his siblings June Picard of Toyes Hill, Barbara (Terry) Duff of Newington, Lawrence “Catfish” Hunter of Brinston, Linda (Mike) Brannen of Chesterville, Joe of Winchester Springs, Wayne (Liz) of Toyes Hill and Judy (Andy Tibben) of Brinston. He was predeceased by his parents Joe and Marguerite Hunter (nee Marcellus), his sister Betty Watson and his brothers William and Robert. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends throughout the area.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Fri., Sept. 9. A graveside inurnment service was held at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville, on Sat., Sept. 10.

Pallbearers were June Picard, Barbara Duff, Linda Brannen, and Judy Hunter. Honourary pallbearers were Liz Hunter and Victor Brooks.

Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.