Hunt's dad 'one of the good guys'

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

The Ottawa 67's family took time out yesterday to say good-bye to one of the team's biggest fans. Alexander "Sandy" Hunt, the father of 67's owner Jeff Hunt, was remembered as a quick-witted sportsman who brightened the lives of those around him, whether it be at home with family or on the fairways of the Camelot Golf and Country Club, where he played often with best buddy Doug McKinnon.

"We'll remember his big smile, his optimistic outlook and his very firm, but gentle approach to living," said McKinnon in his eulogy of his friend.

The funeral, held at Kelly's Funeral Home in Orleans, was attended by an overflow crowd, including 67's coach/GM Brian Kilrea, 67's players, staff and many friends of the Hunt family.

McKinnon said Jeff Hunt and the rest of the family got their love of hockey from Sandy, a retired RCMP officer who passed away after suffering a heart attack a week ago while wintering in Florida. He was 68.

"He was always involved in hockey, setting up hockey programs, coaching and refereeing," said McKinnon. "In one case where there wasn't a rink, he helped build one. That was the type of person he was. It was during that time his sons developed their love of the game and we all know how that's turning out."

McKinnon got to know Sandy Hunt at Camelot starting in 1987. Hunt had moved to Ottawa in 1984 after retiring from his law enforcement career the year before to be closer to his kids.

"We discovered we were fellow Cape Bretoners, a unique bunch," McKinnon remembered yesterday. "I got to know Sandy well during those years at Camelot and admired him for his kind and considerate way of treating people and at times, when needed, the steel in his personality."

Sandy Hunt played almost every day at Camelot during the week.

"He was so proud of his family and their accomplishments and he loved being a grandpoppy," McKinnon said, "to such an extent we had had a hard time after a game getting him to stay for a refreshment. His family was always first and foremost with him, followed by his passion for golf and bridge."

"He always had a joke and we'd fire back and forth with him," said Camelot head pro Barry Laphen. "He was one of the good guys."

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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