on December 31, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Jan. 21, 1924 – Dec. 27, 2013
Margaret E. Hunter, a retired AM&A’s executive and former nun, died Friday in Hamilton General Hospital in Hamilton, Ont. She was 89.
Born in Buffalo, she graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy before going on to Good Counsel College in White Plains, where she entered the novitiate and earned her bachelor of arts degree. She also earned two master’s degrees in education and counseling.
Growing up, she spent summers at Crystal Beach where she, along with her siblings and cousins, worked at their grandmother’s hotel and restaurant, Sheehan’s Hotel. She served beer at the hotel up until the night before she entered the convent.
Miss Hunter was a member of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion for 30 years where she was known as Sister Mary Gerald. She taught at four different grammar schools and served as principal of two. At St. Bernard’s in White Plains, she was appointed superior of the convent as well as school principal.
She fondly recalled two young men from the neighboring boys school visiting her in an attempt to gain access to the young women at Good Counsel High School – teenagers Jon Voight and Alan Alda. She politely told them that she could be of no assistance.
Upon leaving the convent in 1976, Miss Hunter returned to Buffalo where she took a job as director of training at AM&A’s. She retired in 1988.
She applied for and was granted Canadian citizenship in 1977. She lived in the lakefront family home once owned by her grandmother and aunt.
Miss Hunter enjoyed playing nine holes of golf every morning and cutting her own fire wood as long as she was able. She was a member of the Beachcombers Club in Ridgeway and St. George’s Catholic Church in Crystal Beach. She was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. George’s Catholic Church, Crystal Beach, Ont.