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Percy John Hunt Jr., 92, auto salesman, Marine<br>; Sept. 6, 1917 -- June 21, 2010

Percy John Hunt Jr., a career auto salesman and Marine veteran of World War II, died Monday in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. He was 92.

Mr. Hunt, known to friends and family as "P. J.," was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and moved with his family to Buffalo at a young age. He attended Lafayette High School before finishing high school at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa.

Mr. Hunt earned a bachelor's degree from Hobart College in 1939, then joined his father's car dealership, HUNT for Chevrolets Inc., on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

During the war, Mr. Hunt served three years in the Pacific Theater and participated in the Battle of Okinawa.

After the war, he returned to the auto dealership and ran the business with his brother, Robert F., after their father's death in 1965. Mr. Hunt eventually assumed sole ownership of the dealership after his brother's death and sold the business in 1981, when he retired.

During his career, he served as president and director of the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association.

In retirement, Mr. Hunt was active in community service. In the late 1980s, Mr. Hunt served as the president of Every Person Influences Children (EPIC). He also was active in the United Way and a board member of Co-Ordinated Care, a patient advocacy group.

A golfing enthusiast, Mr. Hunt served as a director of the New York State Golf Association and helped organize many Boys&Junior Championship tournaments.

In the early 1990s, Mr. Hunt was active in the fundraising effort that led to the building of an atrium and two dining rooms at Beechwood Continuing Care. Mr. Hunt moved to the Beechwood's Asbury Pointe retirement community in late 2006 before being placed in Beechwood's assisted- living complex in 2008.

His wife of 64 years, the former Ruth Evelyn Henry, died in 2006.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara, Pamela and Marcia.

A celebration of Mr. Hunt's life will be held in the Country Club of Buffalo, 250 N. Youngs Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.


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