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Gerard Hunt

Gerard Thomas Hunt

Tuesday, May 14th, 1957 - Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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Hunt, Gerard Thomas - Former CAO of the City of Kingston
May 14, 1957 – March 23, 2020

Passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer, at Kingston Health Sciences Centre on Monday, March 23, 2020 at the age of 62. Predeceased by his father Thomas B. Hunt and mother Irene M. Hunt (nee Deslaurier). Gerard will be deeply missed by his wife Kim (nee Brown) of 15 years. Loving father of Thomas A. Hunt (Sabrina) of Almonte, Greg G. Hunt (Holly) of Lochwinnoch, and Kaitlyn A. Hunt of Grimsby. Adoring “Grandpa G” of Nolan, Drew, Colton, Myla and Hunter. Also missed by mother-in-law Bonnie Brown, (late father-in-law John Brown) brother-in-law David Brown (Kelly) and niece Abby, his Aunt Anna Swayze (nee Deslaurier), Uncle Daniel Deslaurier and many close cousins, as well as his first mother-in-law Arlene Craig and her family.

Gerard was a committed family man. He was Kim’s partner, soul mate and best friend. There was nothing he would not do for his children and their families. Gerard approached his career with that same strength and passion. From his beginnings as a Certified Management Accountant working in Renfrew he set out to make a difference in every job he had. For his final employer, The City of Kingston, this was no different, as he rose to the top position of Chief Administrative Officer. He loved his City and he worked tirelessly to make it a great place to live and do business.

Gerard touched so many people with his love of life and music. He was often requested to sing and play the piano or guitar at many family events. Hunting and fishing trips with his boys and friends from the Ottawa Valley were important annual traditions that could not be missed and another reason to pull out the guitar or play the piano. Even after moving to Kingston he remained strongly connected to his Renfrew friends and family whether it be snowmobiling, high school gatherings or the occasional round of golf and poker game. In more recent years, travel became a part of life with memorable family vacations and trips with special friends John and Lynn Humphries.

We want to thank the medical professionals and support staff of the hospitals that Gerard recently attended. In particular the doctors and nurses of KHSC Malignant Hematology Day Unit and the Hematology Oncology Department, his primary home care nurse Lin and his homecare physiotherapist Jennifer who never stopped encouraging him with his fight. Finally, we thank the team in the ICU at KHSC.

The family will hold a private family service at the Wartman Funeral Home - Kingston Chapel. A Celebration of Gerard's Life will take a place at a later date. In memory of Gerard and in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations be made to University Hospitals Kingston Foundation directed to one of the following: Malignant Hematology Department; Medicine - Critical Care; Medicine – Cardiology; or Medicine – Diabetes. Online condolences can be made at
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Judy Reichstein

Posted at 03:14pm
Gerard, your kindness, humour, talents and friendship will be forever missed! Thank you for everything! I shall never forget you.
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Judy Reichstein

Posted at 03:07pm
Gerard has been a mentor and friend to me for 20 years. He hired me at the city in 2000 and I worked as his assistant and then as an analyst in the CAO’s office for many years. He was an amazing leader, inspiring many to be their best; to “work smarter, not harder” and to make Kingston a great place to live, work and play! His love and passion for the City of Kingston was palpable and infectious. He was a great teacher, taking time to mentor and educate whenever and however he could. His professionalism was admirable and he took pride in leading by example. He would share stories to inspire personal and professional growth, including his humble beginnings on a farm in Renfrew. He would relate and talk with anyone and everyone. He enjoyed having a good chat and a chuckle with many employees across the corporation. He was respected, admired and liked by many, many people. I cannot express in words how much he taught, mentored and encouraged me in my professional career and as a friend. His influence in my life is unmatched by anyone and I will be forever thankful for this gift.

I must also say that knowing Gerard is knowing how much he loved his family. He visibly glowed when he talked about them. Their accomplishments and personalities filled him with pride and love. My most heartfelt sympathies to Kim, Thomas, Greg, Kaitlyn ....all those grand babies and your whole family! You are most certainly feeling tremendous sorrow at losing this wonderful man. Much love to you!

Gerard, your kindness, humour, talents and friendship will be forever missed! Thank you for everything! I shall never forget you.

Kevin Hawes

Posted at 08:15pm
I found this old photo of Gerard and I at the old homestead in Mount Saint Patrick, I think it was taken approximately in 1969 or 1970.
So sorry to hear of Gerard’s passing.
Kevin Hawes

Diane Horth

Posted at 11:35am
My heartfelt condolences to all of Gerard's family. I am truly so sorry for your loss.

Johanna Mathieu

Posted at 11:17am
My sincerest sympathy to Gerard's family on his passing. I am from Renfrew, Ontario and knew him when he was living in Renfrew. He was such a wonderful man. May he rest in peace.

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