Edwin Hunter

Edwin Hunter

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

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Obituary for Edwin T. Hunter

Edwin T. Hunter (Ted), 86, formerly of West Long Branch, died on Saturday, March 7, 2020 under Hospice Care in Dublin, Ohio.
Ted was born on March 28, 1933 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the son of George and Jean Hunter. The family moved to Ashland, OH where he attended Arthur Street School and Ashland Junior High School before moving to Wadsworth, OH and graduating from Wadsworth High School. He obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University where he met the love of his life, Doloris (Dee) Bellis and earned his PhD in Nuclear Chemistry at Columbia University. After graduation, the family moved to Long Branch, NJ where Ted fulfilled his ROTC commitment in the Army Signal Laboratories at Fort Monmouth, leaving the Army Reserves as a Major. He continued to work at Fort Monmouth for 30 years and spent several years teaching Chemistry at Monmouth College. He was a senior member of IEEE, a 30 year member of AFCEA, a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Omega, and an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.
Ted was involved with the educational system serving on the West Long Branch School Board for 41 years, the Monmouth County School Board for 6 years, and the NJ School Board Association Board of Directors.
Ted was a life-long music appreciator. He was a member of the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and was a member of their Board of Directors. He played in the orchestra for local theater productions, including his daughter’s high school shows. He was a member of Local 390 American Federation of Musicians. Ted had a love for opera and ballet.
Ted loved riding roller coasters. He was a long-time member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts and traveled around the country to ride new rollercoasters.
Ted was preceded in death by his wife Dee of 43 years and his parents. He is survived by daughters Cynthia (John) Jacober, Linda (Dan) Merrill and Diane (Fred) Steelman; grandchildren Stephanie Merrill (Jarrod Wiggins), Joe Merrill, Katie and Julie Steelman; and great-grandchildren Hunter and Ella Wiggins.
The family will receive family and friends from 5-8 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the Fiore Funeral Home, 882 Broadway, West Long Branch, and 10 until his funeral service at 11 am Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    West Long Branch
    882 Broadway
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    Friday, March 13th, 2020
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 | 11:00am
    West Long Branch
    882 Broadway
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    Saturday, March 14th, 2020
    Fr. John Dobrosky
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 |
    Woodbine Cemetery & Mausoleum
    14 Maple Avenue
    Oceanport, NJ
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    Saturday, March 14th, 2020

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Dana Schwartz

We are so sorry to hear of Ted's passing. Joe and I got to know him in the late 90s/early 00s when we were the NJ Reps for the American Coaster Enthusiasts. Ted and granddaughter Katie showed up before dawn many times at Great Adventure to ride the latest roller coasters being featured on morning TV news shows or filmed for specials about theme parks and thrill rides. He was always excited to be there and had the twinkle in his eye of someone far younger than he was, even back then. I'm sure Katie has shared some of the stories of their many rides together and your family was lucky to have many years with a dad and granddad who really loved living. We will always remember him fondly and picture him clapping when Nitro would return to the station. Dana Schwartz & Joe Krapf
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James Musto

Dear Hunter Family,

I was deeply saddened to hear of Ted's passing. He was such a great guy and, as a fellow musician, a comrade. I saw him a few times over the last few years when he would come down to Ocean Grove to hear a concert I happened to be playing in. The two Freds were there and other musicians he knew. One day he came down and took several of us out to dinner. It was such a wonderful gesture and he was so happy to be surrounded by longtime friends and musicians, he was with his people !
I remember him from when Cindy and I were in high school together, and then later on, when I played next to him in the Monmouth Symphony. It was always great to see him when I would come down to Ocean Grove. It was like seeing a family member from my own life long ago in West Long Branch. He always talked about you Cindy, of course I always asked, and he was of course very fond of Linda and Diane. I was very happy to know Fred was his son-in-law and that we were all connected in some cool way.
I will always remember him.
I will contact the Monmouth Symphony to make a donation in his name.

Jimmy Musto
Comment | Posted at 10:03pm via Condolence

Lenora Jeanne Walker

I want to extend my sincere sympathy to Cindy, Linda, Diane and their families. As neighbors, I knew your parents for many years and I am so sorry for your loss. You wrote a beautiful obituary for your dad and I learned something new; I did not know that he taught at the college for several years. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the wake tonight or the service tomorrow but I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Lenora Jeanne Walker
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Holly and Tom McFarland

With deepest sympathy, we are thinking about you!!!
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Lisa Farah

Cindy, John, and Family: Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. May his memory be eternal, and may he Rest In Peace. I am sure caring for him was hard, but you helped walk him home. Much love, Lisa and John Farah
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