April 8, 1926 – July 30, 2013
Myron Hunt, shopping center industry pioneer and founder of Myron M. Hunt Inc., died on July 30 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 87.
An early shopping center industry entrepreneur, Mr. Hunt was known for his business integrity and the close relationships he formed with national and regional retailers. He founded his company in 1962 and was responsible for the development of more than 3 million square feet of retail projects. His three sons eventually joined him in the business, which remains based in Western New York.
Mr. Hunt spent the first 10 years of his career at Hunt Real Estate Corp., where he was a principal together with his late brother, Stuart, and his late father, Charles, who founded the company in 1911.
Beyond his work, Mr. Hunt’s life revolved around his family and friends. He spent almost all of his time outside of work with his best friend and wife of 64 years, Nancy Rice Hunt. The couple traveled extensively and divided time between their homes in Williamsville and Naples, Fla.
He also was passionate about time spent with his sons, daughters-in-law and six grandchildren, and his friendships were many, meaningful and lifelong.
Mr. Hunt graduated from Bennett High School, where he was a three-sport varsity athlete and an All High outfielder for the Tiger’s first Cornell Cup championship baseball team in 1943. He was inducted into the Bennett High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
In 1944, Mr. Hunt joined the Army as a replacement during the Battle of the Bulge, serving in Germany with the famed 99th Infantry Division of the Third Army. He fought in the battles for the Remagen Bridge and the Ruhr Pocket, and participated in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp.
After the war, Mr. Hunt spent one year at Nichols School and subsequently graduated from Middlebury College, where he also played baseball and football.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Hunt is survived by his sons, Thomas M., Andrew M. and Christopher M., and his sister, Martha H. Peck. A memorial celebration will be held at the Country Club of Buffalo, 250 Youngs Road, Amherst, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday. Arrangements are by the Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home.