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Resident Spotlight: Will Hunt!

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 24, 2021

This month, our resident spotlight is on our wonderful community member, Will Hunt! We so enjoyed getting to know him a little bit better and hope you do too!

Where are you from? Born in NYC May 8, 1928 then I moved to Buffalo in 1939, and to Plymouth, Massachusetts in July of 1944. Later in life, I moved to Birmingham, AL in May of 2001 then later to Kirkwood in August 2009.

Tell us about your family. Meg and I married in 1954 and we were married for 43 years before she passed away in October of 1997. We have 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren!

Tell us about your career and education. I served in the US Navy for 4 years then graduated from Michigan State in 1956 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. I worked in the P & C (property and casualty) insurance industry for 38 years.

How long have you lived at Kirkwood? I have been here for 11 and a half years!

What is your favorite thing about life at Kirkwood? I love the activities and my fellow residents. I have made some great friends here!

If you could sit down and have a meal with anyone in the world, present, past, or future, who would you choose? I would love to have a meal with my spouse, Meg – she was and is the greatest!

Will, thank you so much for sharing with us! We are so thankful to have you as apart of our Kirkwood family.

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The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Current Resident

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Current Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Current Resident