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John Hunter Simpson

October 5, 1984 ~ September 12, 2019 (age 34)

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John Hunter Simpson, born in Morehead City on October 5th, 1984, passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident on September 12, 2019, in Zagrab, Croatia. Hunter  was  the son of Jack Simpson of Morehead City and Jeanne Huntley of Beaufort.

Hunter was an adventurous soul. His first jobs were as First Mate aboard 2 mega yachts out of Palm Beach, Florida. He was a licensed underwater welder and worked for a time laying fiber optics in the Atlantic Ocean. Upon moving to Boston, MA, the desire to work in the ‘start-up’ entrepreneurial world became his passion. He trained at Hubspot, developing marketing and sales software. He served on several non-profit boards that whetted his appetite for such groups as the Blind Sailors, a group he often sailed with out of Newport, RI.

In 2017, he moved to Belgrade, Serbia to work in the cyber security business.  He was fluent in four languages, all self-taught. He loved the beauty of the country and its people. If he ever met people who didn’t speak English, he would begin learning their language so they could communicate.

Besides his parents, Hunter is survived by a half-brother, Blair Willis (Kari) and twin nieces Vivian and Maddox of Beaufort. His half-sister Lila Simpson of Charleston, SC. Also surviving are aunts Nancy Carr (AJ) of Raleigh, NC, Lavonne Fisher (Otis) of Greensboro, NC, and Uncles George Huntley of Chapel Hill, NC, and Paul Simpson (Beverly) of Raleigh, NC. He had numerous cousins.

Hunter was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents George and Vivian (his most special MeMa) Huntley of Beaufort, NC, and paternal grandparents Dr. Paid and Marybelle Simpson of Raleigh, NC.

Services will be private and held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: Loaves and Fishes Recovery Program, 1730 Live Oak St., Beaufort, NC 28516; Carteret County Public School Foundation, 107 Safrit Dr., Beaufort, NC; North Carolina Aquarium, 1 Roosevelt Dr., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512 or the Charity of your choice.

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Carteret County Public School Foundation
107 Safrit Dr., Beaufort NC 28516
Tel: 1-252-728-4583

Loaves and Fishes Recovery Program
1730 Live Oak Street, Beaufort NC 28516
Tel: 1-252-604-0123

Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium
1 Roosevelt Dr., Pine Knoll Shores NC 28512

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