James N. “Jim” Hunt of Shelburne, formerly of Winooski, passed away in his sleep on Monday, July 30, 2012, at the age of 93. He was the husband of Rita D. Lapointe and was a resident of the Wake Robin retirement community in Shelburne. Jim was born in June 1919 in Chattanooga, Tenn., the third son of Elbert and Nellie Hunt. After high school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy, beginning a military career that spanned 20 years. He fought at D-Day, the invasion of Sicily, and during many other World War II campaigns, and also served his country proudly and well during the Korean War. After retirement, he and Rita, with their two children, settled in Winooski.
Jim earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1962. His career included posts with General Electric in Burlington, Kaman Aerospace of Windsor Locks, Conn., and several New England cities, which he served as director of economic development. Following retirement, Jim and Rita enjoyed travel and community service. Rita served as a founder of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Vermont, and Jim was also a strong supporter and advocate for this important cause. Until recently Jim was an active member of St. Andrew’s Church in Shelburne.
He is survived by a brother, a son, grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Rita; his brothers, Richard and Elbert; and his son, Tom. In accordance with Jim’s wishes, a service will be held at LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St., Winooski, on Thursday, at 1p.m. Interment at St. Stephen’s Cemetery will follow immediately, with military honors, by the VT National Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to NAMI Vermont, contact namivt.org.