Peabody — Donald Swett Hunter, 87, of Peabody, passed away peacefully, in the company of his family, on January 26, 2013. Donald was born February 25, 1925, in Houlton, Maine, where he resided until he embarked on the first in a lifelong series of travel excursions.
Donald was no doubt inspired through his love of books to explore the world. In 1951 Donald traveled throughout Europe by bicycle, this was the first of many trips. Later in life his wife, the late Irene C. Hunter, would join him in his travels. In his early years Donald worked as a typesetter at a newspaper and would go on to work at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, as a book conservationist. Donald volunteered in Restorations at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem after retiring and traveled to Hawaii as part of a group from the museum studying hieroglyphics.
A regular at the Red's lunch counter and an avid photographer, Donald would often be seen walking and photographing around Salem and Marblehead, always stopping to acknowledge and offer up a pat to neighborhood cats and dogs. Donald loved animals, had a deep appreciation for nature and the beauty around him, and a musical performance could move him to tears. Donald was a resident of the Bertram House in Salem and most recently Gardner Park in Peabody.
He is survived by his brother, Almon Hunter and family; three stepchildren, Mary Kane of Peabody, John Fallon of South Hamilton, Joseph Fallon III of Boxford, and their spouses. Donald will also be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Joseph Fallon IV of Boxford, Rebecca Burke of South Boston who he inspired to travel and explore, and his great pal, Kerry Burke, of Lawrence to whom he introduced photography and influenced to become a photographer.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service for Mr. Hunter will be held on Friday, at 11 a.m. in the Solimine, Landergan & Richardson Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn. Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visitation will be from 9–11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MSPCA at www.mspca.org or MSPCA-Angell, ATTN: Donations, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. Directions & guest book www.solimine.com