Obituary: Thomas J. Hunt | Citizen News
NAUGATUCK – Thomas J. Hunt, 77, husband of Diane (Kirk) Hunt and former Naugatuck Deputy Police Chief, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2021 in the VITAS Palliative Care Unit at St. .Mary, surrounded by her loving family.
Tom was born December 2, 1943 in Waterbury, son of the late Thomas A. and Helen (McDonald) Hunt. Tom graduated from Naugatuck High School, Class of 1962. In October 1964, he married his high school sweetheart, whom he affectionately called “Babe.” In 1965, he became a supernumerary police officer at the Naugatuck Police Department. That same year, Tom became a full-time police officer and held that position until 1971 when he was assigned to the Detective’s Office. In 1972, Tom was posted to the Naugatuck Valley Regional Crime Squad, where he served as an undercover officer until 1973, then was promoted to that squad’s field supervisor, serving until 1978. In 1978, Tom was promoted to sergeant, in 1981 he was promoted to lieutenant, and in 1984 he served as administrative lieutenant. He was promoted to administrative captain in 1985, served as acting chief of police for four months in 1996, and was promoted to deputy chief of police in 1996. Tom retired in 2010 after 45 years of service with the rank of chief deputy police.
Tom’s 45 years of law service have seen many accomplishments, accolades and honors. He was especially proud to have been selected to be an instructor by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD), now called the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). In addition, Tom was chosen by the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands to work in a drug infiltration operation in the Virgin Islands, where he worked alone for three months.
Tom was a former baseball and basketball coach at St. Francis of Assisi Parish School and a former baseball coach at the Peter J. Foley Little League. He was a former member of the Naugatuck Exchange Club and was a member of the Connecticut Police Association. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Watertown Golf Club, where he appreciated the many friendships he had formed there.
In addition to Diane, his beloved wife of 56 years, Tom is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Tracey Hunt, Ronald and Rose Hunt and Steven and Johnna Hunt; her grandchildren, Thomas, Taylor, Jordyn, Ryan, Sydney and Alexis; her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Richard Bulkovitch; his godchildren, Kristen Jacoby, Jason Kirk, Ronald Pruchnicki Jr., Susan Culotta and Kelly Hiltz; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by his brother, Neil O’Donovan; and her sisters, Ann Jannetty and Eileen Squires.
Special thanks to Mary Calvo, Christina Pruchnicki, Waterbury Hospital Emergency Room and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.
A Christian burial mass will be celebrated on Saturday May 8 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, 318 Church Street, Naugatuck. Honors from the Naugatuck Police Department will be bestowed. Participants are kindly requested to meet directly at the church and face coverings and social distancing will be required. Interment will be private. Calling hours are Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck.
In lieu of flowers and to honor Tom’s memory, the family is asking for donations from VITAS Innovative Hospice Care at St. Mary’s Hospital, 56 Franklin St., Waterbury, CT 06706.
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