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A very big loss…
I write this column with a very heavy heart. I lost my best friend last Thursday when Bill Hunt left this earthly realm. Bill and his wife Mary have been friends with Jeanine and I for more than 40 years. I have chronicled many of our adventures in this very space. We boated together, rode motorcycles together and worked on more projects, side by side that I can count.
Bill was an avid snow skier and he tried to share that passion with me. Unfortunately, I was never very good. But, we did tag along on many a ski adventure and we always had a great time.
Bill and Mary introduced us to a great many things that I probably would never have experienced had it not been for them.
Over the years our relationship grew and we became very close. I could confide in him. I could always rely on him for wisdom and advice. Anytime I needed something, no matter how trivial, he was always there.
His wit and humor would always lift my spirits regardless of how badly the day had been. Bill was without a doubt the best story teller I have ever known. He had a knack for taking even bad experiences and turning them into a funny story. Of course it wasn’t beyond Bill to embellish the facts “a little” to make story better.
Bill had a great business mind. That was evident by the many successful business ventures he undertook. Everything from Hunt Real Estate and Perfect Pizza in the 70’s to today’s Sutton Lake Marina and Ride-On Motorcycle Adventure… his vision, enthusiasm and drive were the envy of many.
I will certainly miss our adventures, our projects, our long conversations and our friendship. But the good part is… I will have lots of very good memories. One of Bill’s favorite sayings and he had a bunch of them, was… “they can’t repossess the good times” and that will certainly be the case with all the fun excursions he and I have been on over the years.
His loss isn’t easy as is the case with anyone you love, but somehow we will find a way to continue. We will be there for Mary and her boys just like he was for us. I hope we will have new adventures, I know that is what Bill would want. Regardless of how much fun we have Bill, will not be far from my thoughts. He was a very important part of my life and I consider it an honor to call him my friend. While he will be deeply missed, I can take some comfort know that he will ride with us, boat with us and be by our side regardless of where we go or what we see… I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Will return soon...