Frederick Hopkins Hunter
Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Frederick Hopkins Hunter known more commonly as Fred Hunter senior.
Fred Hunter had many accomplishments serving in the Belize House of Representatives, as a Government Minister, as a Private Sector Senator, as a Businessman, and as the author of “The History of the Sovereignty of Belize by Occupation Force of Arms Treaties” published in 2013.
In 2014, Fred Hunter was elected as a founding member of the Belize History Association in the capacity of Senior Member. Along with his co-presenter Francis Humphreys, Hunter delivered a presentation on the Battle of St. George’s Caye at the 1st Annual Belize September Lecture (2014). Hunter would continue to express his support of the organization in the years after by attending various executive and general meetings.
With a calm personality and passion for Belizean history, Hunter took every opportunity to share his knowledge and insights with members of the Belize History Association, students, teachers, and friends.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Frederick Hopkins Hunter. Sunrise: December 23, 1927. Sunset: December 19, 2020.
Belize National Historical Society
Frederick Hopkins Hunter is a 3rd generation Belizean. He was born in 1927 on December 23, along with a twin sister, Yvonne Marie. He attended St. Catherine’s Academy which was owned and operated by the Mercy Nuns from the City of Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. From St. Catherine’s he moved on to St. John’s College owned and operated by the Jesuits of the Missouri Province with Headquarters at St. Luis University, St. Luis, Missouri, U.S.A. He graduated in 1946 with an overseas examination pass from the Cambridge University of England. Instead of waiting four years to an agricultural university in the U.S.A. (The American soldiers had first priority to seats because of their war services), he decided to go to the U.S.A. and work on a dairy farm to get a “working education”. After one year he returned to Belize and started his dairy farm with the help of his father.
By 1961, he was elected to the House of Representatives where he served until 1984, having won five elections. He represented the Rural North area in the Belize District; the lower Belize River Valley where the logwood and mahogany industries were started in Belize. 1969 he became the Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Public Works. In 1970 he became the Minister of Agriculture, Lands, and Cooperatives. In 1972 became the Minister of Communications (electricity. Telecommunication, water, and transportation). In 1974 he became Minister of Works, Port, and Harbour where he remained until 1984 when his party was defeated in elections after serving undefeated from 1954 (30 years). In 2002, he was elected as the first Private Sector Senator and served one term, and retired from politics.
Between 1948 and 1963 he operated his dairy (milking registered and commercial Ayrshire cows). In 1963 because of the workload, he converted to raising beef cattle (polled Herefords and Belgium Blues) until the present time.
Fred always had a keen interest in the history of Belize, he read anything he could about Belize. As a Belizean, he had never seen a comprehensive history of our country and he realized that our people knew even less. There were so many contradictions, inaccuracies, and omissions in books he had read, that in 2007, after reading E. O. Winzerling’s history “The Beginnings of British Honduras” (1946), and knowing the locations and authenticities of his work, he decided to do additional research and began writing a book titled: “Comprehensive and Fully Authentic History of Belize.” Because of the urgency of the Guatemalan “spurious” claim for Belize, he stopped writing “Comprehensive and Fully Authentic History of Belize” which was ¾ completed, and decided to author a “History of the Sovereignty of Belize”. A “Comprehensive and Fully Authentic History of Belize” was supposed to have been completed in 2014. If had been completed, it would have covered the entire history of Belize. Due to circumstances beyond his control, it was never completed. Fred Hunter died on December 19, 2020. The Funeral will be held at the Catholic Church in Burrell Boom on his birthday, Dec 23rd at 2 pm. It will be a state funeral.