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Sacred Heart High of Kingston benefits from golf tourney honoring 9/11 victim

Larry Hunt (left) and son Dan at last year’s golf tournament honoring William C. Hunt.

Larry Hunt (left) and son Dan at last year’s golf tournament honoring William C. Hunt.

REMEMBERING AN HONORABLE MAN: William C. Hunt was a people person, and as a bond broker for EuroBrokers in New York City often took clients to golf. He was articulate and well spoken, said his mother, Diane Hunt, of Kingston.

Looks like the young man’s daughter, Emma, has inherited her father’s loquacious genes. She’s 12 now, and was 15 months old when her dad died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

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The 11th Annual Sacred Heart Golf Classic for the benefit of the William C. Hunt ’87 Memorial Scholarship is being held June 18 at The Country Club of Halifax — and Emma will be right there, chatting up the crowd and selling raffle tickets to people who never seem to turn her down, her proud grandmother said.

“She’s been coming the last few years, she speaks to the people and she just loves coming,” Diane Hunt laughed. “She and her cousin, Haley, sell raffle tickets, and nobody ever says no.”

The golf tourney also raises money for the Hunt Sports Leadership Program. Sacred Heart High School in Kingston, from which William C. Hunt graduated in 1987, started the tournament the year after the terrorist attacks, and Diane Hunt has been at the forefront since, raising money for the cause carrying her son’s name. Her other son, Dan, is an assistant basketball coach at Bentley University.

“Billy left behind a beautiful wife and daughter, and she’s 12 now and really loves coming to the tournament,” Diane Hunt said, adding that about the golf tournament, her granddaughter often says “Daddy’s looking down at me and saying, ‘Hey, this is for me!’

Hunt still chokes up when talking about her son, who died at age 32, and describes him as “handsome, tall, articulate, wonderful, kind and generous.”

She said she’s only been to one 9/11 memorial event in New York City, the first held there. Ever since, she attends the events in Massachusetts.

“I was at the New York memorial that first year when someone who knew Billy came up to me and said ‘Your son was an honorable man,’ she said. “I think that was the nicest compliment I ever got about him, that he was an honorable man. And he was.”

The golf tournament costs $150 per player, with a 1:30 p.m., 18-hole shotgun format. Fee includes pre-golf barbecue lunch, golf, cart, prizes, post-tourney cocktail party, raffles and auction. For information, or to register, call Sue Giovanetti at Sacred Heart, 781-585-7511, ext. 345, or e-mail sgiovanetti@sacredheartkingston.com.

BROCKTON FIREFIGHTER WINS AWARD: Brockton Fire Department Lieutenant Robert Hendrigan won the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for Community Service and Public Education, which carries with it a $10,000 grant for his department. The 12-year firefighting veteran was named head of the public education division last year, which has benefited more than 3,700 city schoolchildren in 171 kindergarten, first- and third-grade classrooms. Hendrigan teaches SAFE programs – Student Awareness of Fire Education.

Hendrigan also spearheaded a fire extinguisher-training program for School Department employees, which was credited for a faculty member’s putting out an elementary school cafeteria fire five days after his training. The Fire Department’s annual open house last fall, which Hendrigan organized, was visited by more than 1,000 residents.

Brockton Fire Chief Richard Francis said the award will allow the department to refurbish its Freddie the Fire Truck robot used in classrrooms and to expand Hendrigan’s fire extinguisher program to reach more workers in schools, elderly housing and other community locations.

As part of the Liberty Mutual award, each winner gets a trip for four to Walt Disney World in Florida.

BUSINESS BRIEFS:

Denise L. Jezewski, a registered nurse, is opening a cardiac wellness center called Healing Hearts Holistically, at 45 Pearl St., Brockton. She is holding an open house June 21 at 7 p.m. Jezewski is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist with 27 years of experience, she said, and will provide education to people with heart disease. For information, call 508-584-3278.

Michael P. Hogan (inset), president and CEO of the A.D. Makepeace Co., was elected to the Ocean Spray Cranberries board of directors, representing grower-owners on the cooperative’s board for a three-year term. He was also named to the board’s governance and auditing committees. Formed 80 years ago, Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry growers in Massachusetts, several other states and parts of Canada, as well as more than 50 Florida grapefruit growers.

Marie Peeler (inset), CEO of Peeler Associates in Pembroke, was named vice chairwoman of the Marshfield, Duxbury and Pembroke Business Council, a group affiliated with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Peeler runs an executive coaching and leadership development firm.

Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at Kandarian@globe.com.
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