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Obituary: Forrest Clayton Hunt

With great sadness we share the death of Clayton Hunt, of Centre Island, Oyster Bay, age 83, who passed peacefully in his sleep on May 5, 2014. Clayton was born on Feb. 12, 1931, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was son of the late Sara Elizabeth Hunt (nee Marsden) and Forrest Griffith Hunt. He was a graduate of St. Louis Country Day School and attended both Washington University in St. Louis and University of Missouri at Columbia. He graduated with a dual major in statistics and industrial engineering.

Clayton served eight years in the US Army artillery, achieving the rank of captain. He was in charge of one of the first US Nike Missile battalions in both in the US and Germany. During his army tenure he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

After serving in the army, Clayton embarked on a long career with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith retiring a Senior Resident Vice President. In retirement, Clayton served as a Trustee for the Village of Centre Island.

Always an avid traveler, Clayton and his wife of 58 years, Molly, enjoyed their retirement traveling around the world and building on his already extensive knowledge of and experience with different world cuisines.

Above all Clayton adored Molly, his two sons, Clayton and John, daughter-in-law Karen, and four grandchildren, Clayton, Caroline, Harrison and Katrina, to whom he was their adored “Pop.”

All who knew him considered him to be a towering figure physically as well as in intellect, achievement, curiosity, fairness and kindness to others. Above all, he was a true gentleman.

Visitation held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. A memorial service was held at Christ Church in Oyster Bay.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made either to the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay or to the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities.

News

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

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