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Field Trial Hall of Famer

Dr. Hunter Wilcox Has Died

By Joe Cincotta | Jan 06, 2021
Dr. Hunter Wilcox

Stockton, N.J. — It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write of the passing of Dr. Hunter Wilcox of Lumberton, N. J., on Tuesday morning, January 5.

Hunter was a friend to many and a friend to field trials with no boundaries. He loved the sport, and his dogs and was devoted to the AFTCA, 20th Century Fund and the English Setter Club of America.

Hunter worked tirelessly over the years towards the development of the Greenwood Forest WMA to become a premier venue for trials not just in New Jersey but the Northeast.

He was an accomplished veterinarian who always went out of his way, at any time of day, to care for our dogs. Many owners and handlers in the field trial sport were beneficiaries of his knowledge and care for their dogs.

I’m privileged to have called him a friend.

Hunter’s accomplishments are many and to note a few include being inducted into the Field Trial Hall of Fame in 2009, a director of the 20th Century Fund, a past president on multiple occasions of the the English Setter Club at Medford, N. J., and a long-term trustee of Region 2 (AFTCA).

He had any number of winning dogs, among them multiple champion Just Wait, Downtown Train, Delta Lady, Tumblin Dice, Creek Run Kate, and many others.

Just Wait, in addition to his win record, can be found in the pedigrees of some of today's winning all-age dogs. Just Wait was bred by Hunter from his Delta Lady, and campaigned in the string of the late Fred Dileo.

Hunter served as a director in multiple associations, judged countless trials and served as chairman for trials ranging from national events to weekend club stakes.

For all of us who knew Hunter we certainly recall his sense of humor and willingness to offer advise. Some years ago Hunter was scouting for me. He rode up to me on a find at about 50 minutes, took my dog Sky by the collar and said to me, “Listen to me, you’re winning this thing, don’t screw it up!”

My deepest sympathy and condolences to Hunter’s wife Louise and daughter Tara.

Longtime friend Norman Basilone expressed the sentiments of many when he wrote: "Thank you, Louise, for sharing Hunter with us."

Hunter, you will be greatly missed and your efforts forever appreciated.


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