Bay Village neighbors come together to honor a friend

Neighbors and friends surround Carol Hunt as she presents the ship's bell to Sea Scouts Nate Cullinan, Nico DiGiulio and Alex Felici, in honor of her late husband Jack..

Neighbors on Salem Drive and Tanglewood Lane in Bay Village joined together Thursday, July 5, to honor in a unique way, the memory of their friend Jack Hunt, who passed away on May 10, 2012.

Jack graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1960 and was an avid sailor. Besides being a well-loved neighbor, Jack was also a good friend to Bay Village’s Sea Scout Ship.

Three years ago, he assisted the Sea Scouts in obtaining the Intrepid, a Navy 44 Luder yawl from the U.S. Naval Academy and was involved in its restoration. The neighbors, knowing about Jack’s involvement with the Sea Scouts, asked the group if they would accept a donation in his name. At the time, the scouts were seeking ways to fund the purchase of a ship's bell for the Intrepid.

Jack’s neighbors promptly purchased a 10-inch chrome plated brass bell suitably inscribed, "In Honor of Jack Hunt, USNA '60 ~ Strong to Serve, From Friends and Neighbors." The bell was presented to Jack's wife, Carol, at a brief ceremony. Jack's bell will sail the Great Lakes with the Sea Scouts mounted on Intrepid's mizzen mast.

Sea Scouting is a co-educational program teaching youth ages 13-14 sailing and boating skills. They meet every Tuesday evening through the summer at Bay Boat Club.

Richard Gash

Adult leader with Sea Scout Ship 41.

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Volume 4, Issue 14, Posted 12:53 PM, 07.10.2012