Josiah P. Huntoon, Jr ’50

Josiah P. Huntoon, Jr ’50  died on August 17, 2023, in Northport, Maine.

(The following is a family provided account on August 17, 2023)

Josiah Parmerley Huntoon, Jr. (Jo) of Bayside (Northport), Maine, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2023, with his family by his side. Jo was born on January 1, 1928, to Marian (Flanders) and Josiah P. Huntoon, Sr. He lived in various cities and towns during his life but always considered Bayside his home. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1950 with a major in history. He served as a medic in the U.S. Army before beginning a career in mortgage banking, spending most of his working years at State Street Bank in Boston before retiring in 1988.

Jo met the love of his life, Zelma McCormick, in Bayside, Maine, in 1943 when they were teenagers and married in 1955 at the Columbia University Chapel. Jo loved Bayside and enjoyed serving the community in several roles, including commodore and treasurer of the Northport Yacht Club, treasurer for the Bayside Historical Preservation Society, and overseer, treasurer, and president of the Northport Village Corporation for over twenty-five years. His kindness, generosity of spirit, and joie de vivre will be greatly missed. He welcomed everyone to his home, made time for all callers, and always made sure to lift the spirits of anyone who interacted with him. For fun, he spent as much time on the water and tinkering with his boats and truly enjoyed going down the Ruggles Park water slide every July 4th well into his eighties.

Jo was predeceased by his wife, Zelma, (2017) and his sister, Suzanna Reardon. He is survived by his daughter Lindsay Huntoon and her husband, Dan Doucette, daughter Gwendolyn Huntoon ’83 and her husband, Amro El-Jaroudi, brother, Toby Martin, cousin Ralph Robinson and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his grandchildren Rasha El-Jaroudi (Kyle McNicholas) and Nadim El-Jaroudi (Charlotte Spritz) who brought him great joy and continue to share his love of boating. “Happiness is not made by what we own. It is what we share.”

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