Robert G. "Bob" Hunt
Robert G. “Bob” Hunt – a stellar musician, loving parent and grandparent, and a gentle man who devoted his life to helping those in need – passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021, in Pearland, Texas, of complications from Covid-19. He was 81.
He leaves behind a legacy marked by good deeds, kindness to those who crossed his path and a mean touch with his electric bass, upright bass and guitars. He is now reunited with his loved ones and his classic 1958 Fender Bass. Following services, he then will make one final trip to his beloved Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the sand flats at Brewster.
Bob had been hospitalized for more than two weeks at the time of his death. In his weakened condition, he couldn’t fight off the virus, despite having received the vaccine in the first wave of inoculations.
Twice a widower, he is survived by his daughters, Rebecca Jung and her husband, Peter, of Pearland, and Dianna Hunt and her husband, Evan Moore III, of Tennessee; his sister, Judy Scherzo and husband Carmen, of Brewster, Massachusetts; step-daughters Mauri Elkins and her husband, Shawn, and Jodi Elland and her husband, Michael Clark, all of Virginia; grandchildren Griffin Jung, Evan Moore IV, and Jessica and Jillian Elkins; nephews Timothy Scherzo, and Gregory Scherzo, with his wife Kate and sons Caleb and Isaac; and a number of cousins, other family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Zonna Horton Hunt in 1979, and second wife, Sharon “Sherry” Hunt in 2010, and by his parents, The Rev. Warren G. Hunt and Bernice Hayes Hunt, of Dedham and Brewster, Massachusetts.
Robert Gardner Hunt was born May 23, 1940, in Melrose, Massachusetts, but lived throughout the Boston area as his father moved within the Episcopal Church.
He graduated from high school in Boston in 1957 and attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where he was a long-distance runner and a pole vaulter. There, he received the first of several degrees, a bachelor’s in psychology, in 1962. He later moved to Austin, Texas, to attend the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, where he obtained a master’s in divinity in 1967.
Music always played a role in his life. He played in bands from his teens, occasionally performing at Laurino’s in Brewster in the 1960s and working at Ken’s Market on the Cape, now Brewster Village Market Place.
He met his first wife, Zonna Horton, in the 1960s while attending seminary. At the time he was the “bass mother” for Oedipus and the Mothers, an acclaimed Austin band that recorded a hit single, “How It Used to Be,” at the same Texas studio where The 13th Floor Elevators recorded. He also recorded as a studio musician in Texas with Trini Lopez.
He married Zonna in June 1967, a month after he graduated from seminary. Instead of following his father into the priesthood, however, he veered off into social work and worked for the State of Texas. He took a break to obtain his master’s in social work at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1975 before moving to Austin to continue his government work.
As a widower in the early 1980s, he met Sherry while playing with the band Sunrise at a Lake Travis resort where she was visiting. The bass player caught her eye, too, and he moved to Denver to marry her in October 1981. They owned a business providing job training, and relocated to the Washington, D.C. area before moving in 1995 to Aledo, Texas, where Sherry worked as a teacher and he taught guitar lessons on the side.
He became active with Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, and performed with a church band at a weekly service that featured contemporary music. He moved several years ago to the Houston area to be with his daughter, Rebecca, and her family.
In addition to his music, he was an avid model railroader, remaining a long-distance member of the Nauset Model Railroad Club and participating with a group in Fort Worth.
At 8:35 p.m. Sunday, he died at peace and without distress with his daughter Rebecca holding his hand and his daughter Dianna just around the corner.
Services will be Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 2 p.m. in Fort Worth at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Drive South.