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Kenneth J. Hunter , Sr.

Obituary for Kenneth J. Hunter , Sr.

April 19, 1961 - March 11, 2021
Berkley, California | Age 59

Obituary

Kenneth J. Hunter Sr. was born April 19, 1961 to the late O.J. and Rosemarie Hunter in Oakland, CA. Kenneth was affectionately known as Ken or Kenny. Ken accepted Christ at a young age and was baptized at Greater New Herman Baptist Church in Berkeley, CA. He grew up in a Christian home where the love of God, family, education, and hard work was taught.

The values Ken learned stayed with him throughout his life for he loved his family, the importance of being together and serving in the community. He was loving, thoughtful, and always willing to help a friend. Education was very important to him.

Ken grew up in Berkeley and made life long friends in the neighborhood. He was still attending and hosting gatherings after more than 50 years of friendships.

Growing up, Ken had a green thumb and loved to help his mother in the garden. With his great sense of humor, he enjoyed playing pranks on his sisters.

Ken received his education in the Berkeley public schools at Columbus Elementary, Martin Luther King Jr. High- West Campus, and graduated in 1979 from Berkeley High School. He was an athlete and loved playing sports. Ken sang in the Berkeley Unified Black Gospel Choir, they performed all over the Bay Area, and traveled out of state. At Berkeley High, he participated in all of the black history department events and activities. He deeply cherished the memories and relationships he formed at school. Go Yellow Jackets!

As a young adult, Ken graduated from a computer science college in San Francisco, which led him to move to San Diego, for a job with General Dynamics. He married Joselyn Reed and started a family in San Diego. He moved the family to the Bay Area and together him and Joselyn raised four beautiful children. He was a loving and protective dad.

Ken loved to coach and coached his children in basketball and track. He also coached AAU, High School, and youth community basketball teams. He served and league commissioner for the Catholic Youth Organization Basketball League.

Ken was always ready for an adventure with his children, and loved sharing the things he was passionate about with them. His favorite thing was fishing, then bike riding, camping, traveling to theme parks and to family reunions.

Ken had an impact on so many lives in his professional career. He worked as a sales associate, manager in the hospitality industry, and owner of his motivational cycling. His work in the Berkeley schools was greatly appreciated and he was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award in 2018 for his superior vigilance and exceptional response to emergencies. He was an advocate for all youth and he will truly be missed.

Ken was a great fisherman. He learned his skills from his dad, grandparents, and his brother Reginald. He passed those skills down to his children and anyone who enjoyed being on the water. He almost always ordered catfish, but preferred to catch them on his own. He was an

amazing dancer, always the life of the party. Sports was a passion of his. His favorite teams were the 49ers, Warriors, Lakers and the Giants. He watched them on TV, but was often in the stands with Robin and his children and posting pictures on Facebook.

Ken enjoyed dining out, going to concerts, and wine tasting with Robin. His latest love was driving the restored "Blue Truck" from Daddy Bugs.

Ken was always there to lend a helping hand as a son, brother, uncle and father. He found joy in celebrating people for who they were and carried his smile and laughter wherever he went. He was a loving uncle and had a special bond with all of his nieces and nephews. Ken will be remembered for his warm heart, sense of humor and bright smile. As we mourn the sudden loss of him today, he would remind us to "celebrate," what is truly important in life, letting go of anger and to love everyone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, O.J. and Rosemarie Hunter, his sister Gwendolyn Brandon and Joselyn Reed.

Those left to cherish his memories are his four children Marcela Hunter (Justin Trotta), Melissa Hunter, Kenneth Hunter, Jr., and Madalyn Hunter. His brother Reginald Gilham (Paula), his sisters Olivia Hunter and Rosalind Hunter-Roberts, girlfriend Robin Andrews; nieces, nephews, aunts and one uncle, cousins, and a host of friends including Washington Elementary Cycling Crew and Berkeley High Alumni.

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