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From Ron, June 13, 2009, at 7:29 PM:

First of all, I am very sorry for your loss!

My father passed away April 28, 2009. He was 87 also. His name is Jack B Hunter, Jr; no known relation.

I happened upon your Jack Hunter’s memoriam quite by accident as I was searching the obituaries on line looking for my father’s.

My father was a Navy pilot having graduated from flight school in 1944. After the service he attended SMU and went on to become a teacher and administrator in the Dallas (Texas) school system. My mother passed away at the very young age of 58.

I apologize for rambling on! It just blew me away that two men named Jack Hunter; 87 years of age; passed away in such close proximity to each other!

Again, a very heart felt sympathy for your loss!

Sincerely, Ron
(South Florida)

From Jack & Kate, May 31, 2009 at 10:38 AM:

I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive us, Jack. . . Kate and I just found out about your passing, and we both feel terrible at missing your being laid to rest and being able to pay our respects. We’re so sorry, Jack. Needless to say, we can’t begin to say how very much you’ll be missed. Be well, Old Friend. . . and give our love to Tommie.

Fair winds. . .
Jack and Kate

From Gordon, May 22, 2009 at 2:45 PM:

So long, Jack. You have been by far the most talented man I’ve ever met. And your legend will live on not only in your words, paintings and music but also in the many aspiring writers everywhere who have read and learned from your blog.

From David T, April 23, 2009 at 5:27 PM:

Dear Jonni

Please accept my deepest sympathy for Mr Hunter’s passing.

As you know it was only at the end of last year that I got in touch with Mr Hunter and I was delighted with his touching e-mail. As well as praising my city “Edinburgh” he truly made me feel special and like an old friend.

I will treasure the books (and print) he signed for me forever and keep my own special memory of “Jack”.

A courageous good man and true gentleman.

I will be thinking about his family and you Jonni.

Kindest regards and special thoughts.

Yours ay.


From Wallace, April 20, 2009 at 4:10 AM:

I was saddened to hear of Jack’s death. I’d heard from friends in St. Aug. that he was gravely ill, but it was still somewhat of a shock to get the news.

It took me a few days, but I did finally write something about Jack for my blog. It’s at I didn’t have a good picture of Jack to lead the item, so I went with the painting instead. One thing I didn’t mention in the post is that my third novel — which will be out in Jan. — is dedicated to both Jack and journalism instructor Jack S. Smith, the two Flagler teachers who had the biggest influence on me.

My sympathies to you for what must have been a very trying time, and my thanks for taking such good care of Jack when he most needed it. I hope you’re well.

All best,

Wallace Stroby

From David G, April 18, 2009 at 10:03 PM:

My sincere and deep sympathy upon the passing of Jack Hunter. His artistry, both in the written word and in his paintings, were marvelous. I enjoyed his books and appreciated his attention to The Great War, which is often ignored any more.

May Jack rest in the peace of God!

David G, Mukilteo, WA

From Helen S, April 18, 2009 at 3:34 PM:

My father, Bill Dix, also played trumpet with Jack wherever their escapades took them and it was through Jack, that Mom met my Dad.

As for Jack, I adored him. He was gracious to my mother and to me when we visited in 2001 and also to my mother-in-law when we visited in 2000. We were privileged to chat with Tommy in the Blue Max antique boutique at the same time and to buy one of Jack’s sketches which hangs in Mom’s house! I have been reading his books (presently The Cure) and will continue to do so.

I too, thank you Jonni, for the website and for your expertise that allowed Jack to communicate to/with the world these last few years. He was a genious, that’s all there is to it and the world has lost a most wonderful man. As a Christian, I know that he is cradled in the arms of God with his beloved Tommy; losing her was so great a loss, he never really recovered his previous joy.

To his family, I convey my sincerest sympathy.

Helen S

From John L, April 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM:

My most sincere condolences to Mr. Hunter’s survivors. I have dealt with Ken Greenfield for some time, and am the proud owner of the two Blue Maxs that were party favors given to Mr. and Mrs. Hunter at the post-premier banquet for the movie “The Blue Max”, these were purchased through Mr. Greenfield. Again my most sincere condolences. John L

From Kimber, April 17, 2009 at 7:34 PM:

I first met Jack in 1937 when I entered Ridley Park High School my sphomore year. . .

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From Lila & Rich, April 16, 2009 at 9:16 PM:

We are sorry to hear that he has passed, but are glad that he is not suffering any more. We are so glad that we made contact with him before his death. Just sorry that we did not get in touch while Tommy was still with him. They were both very special people and had a very powerful impact on our lives while we lived in Wilmington during the late 60s and early 70s.
Lila and Rich

From Phil K, April 16, 2009 at 9:06 PM:

It saddens me greatly to say goodbye to Jack. We never met in person, only over the net and in letters, but through the small amount of correspondence I had with him concerning two paintings he did for me I could tell he was a special person. Not one to “toot his own horn” but one who easily developed an interest in who you are. I was surprised when writing him a little info about myself to receive a response that he was very interested in what I had done and found me to be quite interesting. I never felt as if he was anything less than serious with this comment. I guess my surprise was that he was the big deal, I was just a customer. But I could tell it was more than that for Jack. He made friends easily and I had become one. What a great heart he had, as well at talent(s). We have lost a great man, not just the artistic and literary community, but our historical community in general. His life experiences, his vocation and his openness to others was extraordinary indeed and he will be greatly missed by all who were touched by him. Goodbye and God Bless you Jack.


From Jay, April 16, 2009 at 8:50 PM:

Putting words on paper. It’s a simple task and while it may be nothing more than jotting down a grocery list, most of us do it every day. But only the truly gifted among us can choose just the right words and arrange them in an order that entertains, educates, motivates and inspires the reader. Jack Hunter was one of those gifted humans.

From Vic, April 16, 2009 at 3:26 PM:

I was so sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. What a remarkable life he had! He will be missed by many. I am very sorry that I never had the opportunity to meet him in person.
Most sincerely, Vic

From Marijn, April 16, 2009 at 3:13 AM:

Word came from Ken Greenfield about the passing away of Jack . . . I wish everybody, his friends, his family, all the best with this loss.

From The Netherlands,

Yours sincerely,


From Ken Greenfield of Der Rittmeister Militaria, April 15, 2009 at 5:05 PM:

Jack was one of the grandest people that I ever had the pleasure of knowing and it was a privilege to call him my friend. . .

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From Jim L, April 15, 2009 at 8:50 PM:

He’s comfortable now, something he hadn’t been in many a moon.

Yeah, I miss him terribly, but I don’t miss knowing that he was suffering and unhappy. He’s “happy”, I’m happy, and life goes on for the rest of us. . .for the time being.

From Bill, April 14, 2009 at 5:28 PM:

How wonderful that his words and art will keep him alive forever.

Warm regards,

From Kohl, April 14, 2009 at 4:26 PM:

This news has effected me quite a bit. I wish I could have talked with him more, and got to know him better. It blew me away that such a giant would take notice of the works a novice like me. He was a kind and extraordinary man who, though I only exchanged a few emails and had one phone conversation with, I’m going to miss greatly.

Note from Jonni: Kohl has posted a tribute to Jack on his own website: Eventide Creative.

From Phil, April 14, 2009 at 1:47 PM:

May God rest his soul. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to you and the rest of Mr. Hunter’s family.

In sympathy, Phil

From Joe, April 14, 2009 at 1:09 PM:

It was with a heavy heart I read of Mr. Hunter’s death. I recently discovered his literary charm and wit. He will be sorely missed by many he has touched over the years with his life’s work. A full life well lived. You are now on the wings you loved so much. Well done, “Ace”.
A fan Joe

From Jim S, April 14, 2009 at 9:09 AM:

I’ve just heard the sad news that we’ve lost Jack. I can’t begin to tell you what a loss this is to the field. I spent 11 years running Over the Front and am still active on the editorial board and, of course, we’d like to run an appropriate tribute to Jack’s memory. Many, many people active in WWI aviation research, myself included, owe the start of our study to The Blue Max


From m.esch, April 14, 2009 at 08:40 AM:

My sincere condolences to the friends and family of Jack Hunter for your great loss. There are more comments on Mr. Hunter’s loss on the aerodrome forum:
~m. esch WW1, aviation enthusiast

From Peter Guinta, April 13, 2009 at 11:31 AM:

This world is a less gracious, less humorous and less intelligent place now.

I miss that old man. I felt as if he were a comrade in arms, even though we fought in different wars.

Read Peter’s article in The St. Augustine Record.

From Ralf, April 13, 2009 at 9:56 AM:

I am extremely saddened by Jack’s passing. I will always treasure the few moments that I was able to sit with him, share some chuckles, and hatch a few plots. I certainly regret not having been able to meet Jack at an earlier time. We would have gotten along fabulously. Then again, I’m very certain that most everybody who had the pleasure of getting to know him felt that same commonality — the feeling of being a kindred spirit. He will be missed.

From Ken, April 13, 2009 at 8:08 AM:

This is really one of those times where you want to say “I am glad” but it is hard to say that. The world will be a little less fun with him gone. Thanks for letting me know. As you said, “a chapter closes” and another will begin.

From Ray, April 12, 2009, at 8:24 AM:

As we age, we get to understand the precarious lives that we lead (I attended three funerals within the past week — two of which were for friends that were younger than I am).

So what do we have? — Did we make a difference in other people’s lives? Jack certainly made such a difference — a big difference.

Jack certainly deserves that full military funeral.

God Bless

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