Thomas William Hunter, 74, loving husband, devoted dad, and better known as “Grampy”, passed away on Thanksgiving day, November 24, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of Agnes and Thomas Hunter of Syracuse. Tom was a life long resident of the Syracuse area. He graduated from St. Lucy’s School in 1960 and shortly thereafter, began working at New Process Gear, where he worked for forty years at his trade of tool and die maker. It was early on at St. Lucy’s where he met the eventual love of his life, Karen Ann Campbell. The two were married on October 7, 1967 and enjoyed thirty-nine years of marriage together. Having created a large and wonderful family with Karen, Dad was able to enjoy his retirement with his five children, nine grandchildren, family, many friends, neighbors and grand-dogs. Dad showed the true meaning of being a father by putting his family first, working through challenges, and celebrating the many blessings that could not have been made without him. Dad was a person who had strong convictions and beliefs, but what always led him was the continued devotion he had for the Lord, Karen, and the happiness of his family. We would like to thank the nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital for their wonderful care, thoughtful-ness, and dedication to Dad.
Tom was predeceased by his wife, Karen, in 2006.
Surviving are his five children: Maureen Williams (Kevin) of Richmond, VA, Colleen, Michael (Terrie) of Trumansburg, Patrick (Cora) of Lansing, and Mary Kathleen Prior (Joshua) of Bensalem, PA; nine grandchildren: Bridget, Brandon, Brennan, Bernadette, Ian, Lucas, Jermaine, Sahara and Victoria; brother Ed, his nieces and nephew, and great neighbors Paul and Doris.
Calling hours will be on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, from 4-7:00 P.M. at Whelan Bros & Hulchanski Funeral Home, 5854 Belle Isle Road, Syracuse, NY 13209.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Most Holy Rosary Church, 111 Roberts Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13207.
Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Minoa.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Most Holy Rosary Church, 111 Roberts Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13207.