Hunter (Syred), Hazel Pauline – 88, of Amherst, died peacefully April 27th in the presence of loving family.
Born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England, she had an athletic childhood, enjoying success in running and swimming and engendering a lifelong interest in sport. At age 17 she joined theWomen’s Royal Naval Service, and after six weeks of intensive training was assigned to the HMS Victory as a dispatch rider. During 1941-45 she was responsible for delivering dispatches to naval facilities throughout southern England by motorcycle, braving blackouts, bad weather, and unmarked roads. Motorcycles remained a passion in her life and in her late forties, as a grandmother, she returned to motor biking and continued to ride well into her sixties.
Another life long love kindled during wartime was with a Canadian soldier of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders regiment, Gerald (Jerry) Hunter. They married on July 2, 1945, and she followed him back to Canada the following year, one of many war brides to cross the Atlantic aboard the SS Aquitania. She assisted Jerry in the building of their business "Jerry's Ltd" on Elmwood Drive in Amherst.
Pauline remained very active throughout her life and traveled extensively, visiting Jamaica, Greece, and Portugal, along with many other countries, including a daring trip across South Africa in her late fifties.
She also greatly enjoyed her time at the cottage at Amherst Shore. Water-skiing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and entertaining friends and family were a delight for her every summer. In the winter months, she turned her attention to curling, playing frequently at the Amherst Curling Club. She was also a long time member of the IODE Lord Amherst chapter and the Lady Tweedsmuir Club. Pauline developed a lot of close friendships in Amherst and spent many enjoyable hours in recent years with a group of longtime friends with whom she would get together for regular board and card games over cups of tea.
Pauline was predeceased by parents Ruby (Bland) and Victor Syred, husband Jerry, and brother Derek. Survived by son Keith (Cathy) Hunter, daughter Ann Hennigar, grandchildren Michael (Angela) and Sam (Kara) Hunter, Nancy (Trevor) Hunter-Jollota, Dan (Maala), Heather, and Toby Hennigar, and Allie Halliday, and great grandchildren Shaelynn Hayden, Matthew and Avery Hunter, Tate Jollota, and Lilah and Anna Hennigar.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the LA Cumberland County Animal Shelter or the Cumberland Regional Health Care Foundation.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Furlong-Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church Street, Amherst (902-667-8777) where her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 2 pm, William Drysdale, DLM officiating.