By Paul E. Kandarian Boston Globe
REMEMBERING AN HONORABLE MAN: William C. Hunt was a people person, and as a bond broker for EuroBrokers in New York City often took clients to golf. He was articulate and well spoken, said his mother, Diane Hunt, of Kingston.Looks like the young man’s daughter, Emma, has inherited her father’s loquacious genes. She’s 12 now, and was 15 months old when her dad died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.The 11th Annual Sacred Heart Golf Classic for the benefit of the William C. Hunt ’87 Memorial Scholarship is being held August 20, 2012 at The Country Club of Halifax — and Emma will be right there, chatting up the crowd and selling raffle tickets to people who never seem to turn her down, her proud grandmother said.
“She’s been coming the last few years, she speaks to the people and she just loves coming,” Diane Hunt laughed. “She and her cousin, Haley, sell raffle tickets, and nobody ever says no.”
The golf tourney also raises money for the Hunt Sports Leadership Program. Sacred Heart High School in Kingston, from which William C. Hunt graduated in 1987, started the tournament the year after the terrorist attacks, and Diane Hunt has been at the forefront since, raising money for the cause carrying her son’s name. Her other son, Dan, is an assistant basketball coach at Bentley University.
“Billy left behind a beautiful wife and daughter, and she’s 12 now and really loves coming to the tournament,” Diane Hunt said, adding that about the golf tournament, her granddaughter often says “‘Daddy’s looking down at me and saying, ‘Hey, this is for me!’”
Hunt still chokes up when talking about her son, who died at age 32, and describes him as “handsome, tall, articulate, wonderful, kind and generous.”
She said she’s only been to one 9/11 memorial event in New York City, the first held there. Ever since, she attends the events in Massachusetts.
“I was at the New York memorial that first year when someone who knew Billy came up to me and said ‘Your son was an honorable man,’” she said. “I think that was the nicest compliment I ever got about him, that he was an honorable man. And he was.”
The golf tournament costs $150 per player, with a 1:30pm, 18-hole shotgun format. Fee includes pre-golf barbecue lunch, golf, cart, prizes, post-tourney cocktail party, raffles and auction. For information, or to register, call Sue Giovanetti at Sacred Heart, 781-585-7511, ext. 345, or e-mail email@example.com.