82 Fairview Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770
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Thomas Hunt

Thomas J. Hunt

Thursday, December 2nd, 1943 - Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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Obituary

Deputy Police Chief Thomas J. Hunt
1943 - 2021

Naugatuck, CT Thomas J. Hunt, 77, husband of Diane (Kirk) Hunt and the former Naugatuck Deputy Police Chief, died peacefully on May 3, 2021 in the VITAS Hospice Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Tom was born December 2, 1943 in Waterbury, CT son of the late Thomas A. and Helen (McDonald) Hunt. Tom graduated from Naugatuck High School, class of 1962. In October of 1964, he married his high school sweetheart, who he affectionately called “Babe”.

In 1965 he became a supernumary police officer with the Naugatuck Police Department. That same year, Tom became a full time police officer and served in that capacity until 1971, when he was assigned to the detective bureau. In 1972 Tom was assigned to the Naugatuck Valley Regional Crime Squad, where he served as an undercover officer until 1973 and then was promoted to Field Supervisor of that squad, serving until 1978. In 1978 Tom was promoted to Sergeant, in 1981 he was promoted to Lieutenant, and in 1984 he served as Administrative Lieutenant, he was promoted to Administrative Captain in 1985, he served as Acting Police Chief for four months in 1996 and was promoted to Deputy Police Chief in 1996. Tom retired in 2010 after 45 years of service with the rank of Deputy Police Chief.

Tom’s 45 years in law enforcement were marked with many accomplishments, commendations and honors. He was especially proud of having been selected to serve as an instructor by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD); which is now called the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Additionally, Tom was chosen by the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands to work in an undercover narcotics operation in the Virgin Islands, where he worked alone for three months.

Tom was a former baseball and basketball coach at St. Francis of Assisi Parochial School and a former baseball coach at Peter J. Foley Little League. He was a former member of the Naugatuck Exchange Club and was a member of the Police Association of Connecticut. He was an avid golfer and member of the Watertown Golf Club, where he enjoyed the many friendships that he made there.

In addition to Diane, his loving wife of 56 years; Tom is survived by his sons and daughters in law, Thomas and Tracey Hunt, Ronald and Rose Hunt and Steven and Johnna Hunt; his grandchildren, Thomas, Taylor, Jordyn, Ryan, Sydney and Alexis; his sister and brother in law, Mary and Richard Bulkovitch; his godchildren, Kristen Jacoby, Jason Kirk, Ronald Pruchnicki, Jr., Susan Culotta and Kelly Hiltz and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by his brother, Neil O’Donovan and his sisters, Ann Jannetty and Eileen Squires.

Special thanks to Mary Calvo, Christina Pruchnicki, Waterbury Hospital Emergency Room and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11:00am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church Street, Naugatuck. Naugatuck Police Department Honors will be accorded. Those attending are kindly asked to please meet directly at church and facial coverings and social distancing will be required. Burial will be private. Walk-through calling hours are Friday from 4-7pm at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck. In lieu of flowers and to honor Tom’s memory, the family requests donations to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care at St. Mary’s Hospital, 56 Franklin Street, Waterbury, CT 06706.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, May 7th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home
    Address
    82 Fairview Avenue
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    St. Francis of Assisi Church
    Address
    318 Church Street
    Naugatuck, CT 06770
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Affiliations

  • Naugatuck CT Police Dept

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Ray Rivera

Posted at 07:50pm
My sincerest condolences to the Hunt family.
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Marie Heaton

Posted at 11:04am
Dear Diane and family...so sorry for your loss. Sending love to all...Marie Heaton
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Karen Donovan

Posted at 09:27am
Bob and I are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Diane, we will never forget the kindness and hospitality you and Tom showed us when we bought our first home across the street from you in Naugy. Our hearts go out to your whole family. Sincerely, Karen Donovan
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Ret. Sgt. Domingo Pietri

Posted at 07:31am
With Sympathy For Your Loss May Caring Thoughts Bring Comfort To You At This Time Of Sorrow. Ret. Sgt. Domingo Pietri Waterbury Police Departmen.
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Lauren Martin

Posted at 06:54am
Our Deepest Condolences, we are so sorry for your loss. Love, Billy & Lauren Martin
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