Garrett Bell Hunter, 79, of East Greenwich passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence, RI. He was the husband of Lynn C. (Cowell) Hunter of East Greenwich for fifty-four memorable years. Born in New York, NY, he was the son of the late John W. Hunter and Helene (Bond) Tyner.
Garrett is survived by his wife Lynn, three children: Lee Hunter Politi (husband Lawrence) of Darien, CT, Andrew B. Hunter (wife Courtney) of Jamestown, RI, and Sarah Hunter Lange (husband Timothy) of East Greenwich, RI; two grandchildren: Lee Lange and John Hunter Lange; one sister: Naneen Neubohn; eleven nieces and nephews, several grand-nieces and nephews and many friends.
Garrett graduated from Lawrenceville School and Brown University class of 1960. He earned a Masters of Business Administration degree at New York University Stern School of Business, graduating with distinction. He continued his education with a second masters degree from Rutgers University with a concentration in banking.
Garrett will be remembered as an experienced professional with keen business instincts. He had an
uncanny ability to recognize potential and help bring a good idea to fruition. His career was as a banker and financier. He came to Rhode Island as a Vice President at Rhode Island Hospital Trust, advanced to the Presidency of the Business Development Company of Rhode Island and was Rhode Island State Chairman of the Certified Development Corporation of New England until his death.
Garrett went out of his way to help people of all ages and enjoyed the arts enormously.
He served on the boards of directors of the Greater Providence YMCA, Junior Achievement, Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, and Festival Ballet Providence. He was Rhode Island U.S. Small Business Administration Business Person of the Year, founding member of Cherrystone Angel Group, and President of and named Member of the Year of The University Club, Providence.
Garrett's greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. He traveled great distances with his wife Lynn. He was an avid tennis player and took great pride in his grandchildren's love of the sport. One of Garrett's greatest pleasures was mentoring young people and assisting them with career choices.
Family and friends may gather at The Historic Chapel at Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Blvd., Providence, RI on Thursday, February 23rd at 10:00 AM, reception to follow at The University Club, 219 Benefit Street, Providence, Rhode Island.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, February 22nd from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick, RI.