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Charles William Hunt (OS 1945)

Stockport Grammar School is saddened to report the death of Old Stopfordian Charles William Hunt (OS 1945).

Charles’ son, Andrew Hunt, has shared the following tribute:

‘Born in 1927,  Charles William Hunt gained a scholarship, after an interview with Mr Gilkes the then head, he started on the 11th September 1939.

He recalled that part of the initial show round included a tour of the air raid shelters, the school cellar. He also recalls in January 1941 returning to school after the Christmas holidays an unexploded bomb had landed in the playing fields. In his diary he writes ‘we hoped for an extension of our Christmas holidays but the bomb squad had already defused it’

After leaving school he had a brief career in banking before joining the Royal Navy in the Fleet Air Arm as an aircraft mechanic working on the Seafire. On being demobbed the the banking world had lost some of its excitement. He joined the Police Force. His career took him from beat bobby up to the rank of Inspector in the traffic dept. On retirement from the police after 25 years’ service he worked as a legal executive or as he put it ‘I spent the 1st half of my working life putting the blighters behind bars and the 2nd half keeping them out’.

He attended many ‘old pupils’ reunions including last years where he told us he was the second eldest there.

Happily married for 69 years he leaves behind two sons, two daughters in Law, Four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.’