June 30th, 2009

FredHjr’s obituary

[NOTE: For those who may have missed my original tribute to Fred, please see this.]

Here’s the link to Fred’s obituary, with links to other related pages.

And here’s the text and a photo. Rest in peace, Fred:

ROCHESTER — Frederick D. Hunt Jr., 54, died at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Rochester, on Friday June 26, 2009 as a result of injuries sustained from a fall.

Fred was born in Salem, Mass., on Jan. 26, 1955 and was the son of Frederick D. and Mary A. (Dumas) Hunt Sr.

He was raised in Peabody, Mass., where he attended St. John Parochial School. He attended high school at Sacred Heart Juniorate in Ipswich, Mass. and graduated from Peabody High School, Class of 1973. He studied for a time with the Jesuits and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in business. He received his master’s in business administration from New Hampshire College.

Fred lived in Epping with his family, and after marriage had settled in Somersworth and Rochester, where he was currently living for the past 9 years.

Mr. Hunt was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving for three years.

Fred was a self-employed financial consultant with his offices out of Rochester.

He enjoyed outdoor activities; he loved to hike and swim. He and his wife Monica loved to travel, and their favorite destination was Hawaii. Fred also loved to debate politics and dabbled in photography, computers and genealogy research. As a younger adult, he also played hockey, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Fred was an avid reader and loved books, especially history and philosophy; he could discuss almost any subject with anyone. He was a kind and gentle man who always had a positive outlook and loved life.

Family members include his wife of 21 years, Monica Labrie of Rochester; and his parents, Fred and Mary Hunt of Epping. He also leaves his brothers, James M. Hunt of Seattle, Wash., John F. Hunt and his wife Kim, both of Nottingham, and David E. Hunt and his wife Dawn, both of Barrington. Fred leaves his sisters, Patricia Ann Sinclair and her husband Ronald, both of Candia, and Lee Ann Hinds and her husband John, both of Clarksville, Tenn. He also leaves his mother-in-law, Rita Labrie; sister-in-law Arlene Labrie and her husband James Welsby of Somersworth; as well as many of his uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Calling hours at Bernier Gelinas Funeral Home, 49 South Street, Somersworth, will be on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Community of St. Martin Catholic Church, W. High and Maple Streets, Somersworth, with the Rev. Emile Dumas, MM uncle to the deceased, as the main celebrant.

Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Somersworth.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Fred’s name to the N.H. Catholic Charities or to The Salvation Army of New Hampshire.


35 Responses to “FredHjr’s obituary”

  1. Promethea Says:

    Oh no! I just learned of his death. He was such an intelligent and a persuasive commenter. I feel like I lost someone that I knew personally.

    My condolences to his family. He will be missed.

  2. Tom Says:

    I cherished his righteous honesty, his inability to mince words, his clear and likely clairvoiant vision.
    May God bless and keep him.

  3. Artfldgr Says:

    i wish i knew where and when sooner..
    i could have been there tonight…


    i hope his family knows that his goodness spread out from him everywhere around the globe, and that we are very glad they shared him with us.

  4. Oh, bother Says:

    Thank you, Neo, for the opportunity to tell his family of my admiration for his fine mind.

  5. PA Cat Says:

    Neo, thank you for posting this. Prayers again for his family and all who loved him.

  6. buddy larsen Says:

    So sad. Such a fine intellect and calm, serious writer. May he rest in peace.

  7. armchair pessimist Says:

    Fred, darn it, you checked out way too early. If you have a spare moment up there, say a prayer for this poor country. God bless and keep you.

  8. Tim P Says:

    Let me also add my thanks for posting this.
    Rest in peace, Fred.

  9. njcommuter Says:

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the faithful departed, through your mercy, rest in your peace.

    Fred was just a little older than me, and he has made more of his life than I have. But this is a reminder to me to be careful. At this age, minor injuries are not always so minor. The death of Billy Mays should also be sobering.

  10. MissJean Says:

    Thank you for posting this. I greatly admired him as one of the most thoughtful commenters I’ve ever “met” online. He was even patient with trolls.

    May perpetual light shine upon him and God grant his family comfort.

  11. turfmann Says:

    RIP, Fred…

    So terribly sad.

    Far too early for such a good man.


    Sometimes you forget that “anonymous” commentors are real people – good and decent people that you’d be proud to call friend.

  12. Belmont Club » Frederick Hunt Says:

    […] regular commenters on this site, who we know as “Fred”, passed away. His obituary is at Neo-neocon’s, where his handle was FredHjr. One commenter at Neo-neocon’s says, “I feel like I lost […]

  13. portia Says:

    He was my brother’s age.

    I will miss him as much as if we’d been friends offline.


  14. SteveH Says:

    Fred was so ready for this fight we’re in for our country. I felt comforted by his unwavering love for what is good and right. May God bless Fred and call all decent men to action. We need them.

  15. jon baker Says:

    I think Fred would have been a great next door neighbor.

  16. bill Says:

    I read Fred’s musings on Pajamas Media sites ,primarily the Belmont Club and was impressed with his steady demeanor and the intellectual heft of one who had wrestled out his convictions in the arena of life and was not parroting a party line. My prayers to his family on the loss of this fine man

  17. davidt Says:

    Fred’s comments here were always among the best to be read.

  18. Gray Says:

    I liked him online; upon reading his obit, I would have liked him in person. He was a fine man…..

    It’s a damned shame.

    I’m raising a glass of nice ale to him right now:

    As I enjoy this arena of ideas, now I’ll sometimes pause to think about what Fred H. would say.

  19. Baklava Says:

    Miss you Fred.

  20. huxley Says:

    Sorry to hear of Fred’s death. Shocking.

    Best to Fred in his new place.

  21. strcpy Says:

    In cases like this the most horrid line of all is: “his parents, Fred and Mary Hunt of Epping”. Kids are mostly equipped to deal with it and I mostly say that spouses are too even if not so well – but parents do not deal with loosing a offspring well.

    Of the most sad types of deaths is when a parent outlives their kid. I will truly miss his posts but that really isn’t much compared to theirs. I rarely find this type of thing on line – I’m sure he isn’t the first to die that I have known but he is one of the few where I know why his posts quit coming in. For me that is sad and causes some reflection on my own mortality.

    I feel for his family but it is a 50/50 shot which spouse goes first and most kids will see their parents die (mine still should have years left, I do not want to think about the world without them but I’m given the ability to go on without them), parents that outlive their offspring tend to be a sad sight as that isn’t supposed to happen.

  22. dane Says:

    Thanks for posting this Neo. While being able to discern a lot about Fred from his posts it was good to be able to learn more about his life. Reading the things he wrote it doesn’t surprise me that he came from a big, close family.

  23. joe buzz Says:

    I “knew” Mr. Hunt form his comments at Belmont Club. He will be missed. Glad to have crossed his path even if it was only in this ether.
    Thanks for providing the obituary.

  24. CV Says:

    I have enjoyed reading Fred’s thoughtful and thoroughly reasonable comments and will miss him. His was clearly a life well-lived.

    My prayers go out to his wife, parents, family and friends.

  25. waltj Says:

    Requiescat in pace, Fred. This site won’t be the same without your valuable contributions. You and I shared a lot of similarities–age, military service, Catholic faith, and political views, although we came about those last via different paths. You had your fling with the Left before finding your place on the other side, while I’ve been here on the Right since my teens. Regardless, we wound up in the same spot. I never met you in person, but I felt we would have had much in common, and I’m sorry we’ll never get to raise a glass together. But I’ll lift one in your memory. Cheers, Fred. You will be missed.

  26. Mrs Whatsit Says:

    strcpy, yes, it’s all the more heartbreaking that Fred’s parents outlived him. Should they ever read the comments here, I hope it may bring them some small consolation to see the respect, admiration and affection that their son earned, through his fine mind and good heart, in a bunch of strangers who may never have met him in person but will remember him for a long time to come.

  27. Rose Says:

    Very, very sorry to see this.

  28. Perfected democrat Says:

    An astute intellect and always thoughtful observer…

  29. Morenuancedthanyou Says:

    I will miss Fred’s comments on Belmont Club. Deepest condolences to his family.

  30. NahnCee Says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear this news. I admired Fred, his erudition, his patience with the less-knowledgeable and talented, and his occasional spark of humor. He is one of the commenters I have become aware of on-line that I would have enjoyed kicking back with over a cold beer. He will be missed, too young to go so maybe God needed a really good Jesuit right now. My deepest condolences to his family.

  31. Salah Says:

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    يا أَيَّتُهَا النَّفْسُ الْمُطْمَئِنَّةُ ارْجِعِي إِلَى رَبِّكِ رَاضِيَةً مَّرْضِيَّةً فَادْخُلِي فِي عِبَادِي وَادْخُلِي جَنَّتِي
    سورة الفجر

    I knew Mr. Hunt only through his commentary on neoneocon.com blog. Although we had very different views, we had both frequent arguments, but it was a pleasure to enjoy commenting with him .
    May Allah grant peace to his family and friends, We miss you here Mr. Hunt

  32. Ali Movahedi Says:

    My condolence to Fred’s famil.

    It is a great loss to the community. Fred and I were roommate while we were studying at UNH. I am so sorry to hear that we lost him. He was always around when you needed him. He was always thinking and working very hard.

  33. Matt Litvak Says:

    For those of you on this board who were friends of Frederick Hunt, he had another family at a place called FUCKFRANCE.COM All of us just found out today and we are as broken as you are about his untimely death.

    You can see the tribute we put together http://www.fuckfrance.com/topic/3482524/1/FF-Pub/RIP-Frederick.html

  34. John Dumas Says:

    Mary A. (Dumas) may have been my Aunt.

  35. George Says:

    Fair Winds and Following Seas.

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