The Honorable Judge Bristol E. Hunter age 86 died on February 29 2012 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak Michigan. Bristol was born October 24 1925 in Detroit to James Franklin and Thelma (Bristol) Hunter. He was a lifelong resident of Clawson and graduated from Clawson High School. After serving in the Army in World War II he attended the University of Michigan; where he earned an undergraduate degree in political science and then a law degree in 1952. After a brief stint in Florida followed by working for Chrysler in Detroit he set up a law practice in Clawson. He served as Justice of the Peace for the City from 1959 to 1963 and in 1963 became Municipal Judge for Clawson a position in which he served until 1978. He served as a District Court Judge in the 52-4 District Court from 1971 until his retirement in 1992. Bristol loved his family and was much loved by them. He was known for his intelligence integrity fairness humor generosity and kindness. He was a good friend role-model and mentor to many. He was an avid reader of history and politics and enjoyed investigating his family's genealogy and travel. He was very fond of Clawson and was an active community leader and supporter of local organizations.Bristol is survived by his life partner Jerry Johnson; his brothers Thomas (JoAnn) Hunter and William (Helen) Hunter; and nine nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother James Hunter and sister-in-law Ruth Hunter. A memorial gathering will be held by the family on Saturday March 17 from Noon to 3 p.m. at the Gramer Funeral Home 705 North Main Street Clawson. Bristol's ashes will be interred next to his parents in the Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak. Memorial donations may be made to the Clawson Historical Society 425 N. Main Street Clawson MI 48017. To read the obituary and leave a condolence visit www.GramerFuneralHome.com
Published in Daily Tribune on March 11 2012.
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