He was born Oct. 31 in Manchester, Conn. According to his obituary, Huot “was a real people person, who was greatly loved by his family and many friends, old and new, close and around the world. His quick wit, playful spirit, willingness to help others and bright smile drew people to him.”
He graduated from Bryant College with a degree in business and law enforcement. Throughout his life, Huot has a variety of careers. After college, he became a special welder, assembling jet engines for Pratt & Whitney. In 1982, he joined Aetna, where he entered their management training program. Huot worked at Aetna for over 20 years, advancing to the position of director of call center management and telecommunications.
Huot was also a pioneer in the animal control industry. He held many association positions and was a frequent speaker at industry conventions, trade shows and training sessions. After an early retirement from Aetna, Huot combined his business background and industry knowledge with his love of the outdoors and his experience with wildlife to create Wildlife Control Supplies.
In the late 1990s, the emerging animal damage control and wildlife management combined with the birth of e-commerce. Wildlife Control Supplies was among the first to offer expertise, knowledge and products to professionals entering this new industry. It is considered to be the first business in this industry to have an online store, supporting professionals not only in the U.S., but also internationally. The company sold in 2018, but Huot continued as a consultant — sharing his knowledge and expertise, helping it continue to grow and thrive.
Huot was always learning something new and had a variety of interests. An eclectic hobbyist, over the years he was involved with bottle hunting, coin collecting, leather working, scuba diving, beekeeping, gardening, metal detecting, trapping and boating in his Mokai. An avid reader, he had knowledge in a wide variety of topics. He loved to travel and see new places from across the U.S. to the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. Travel highlights were a rim-to-rim backpack journey through the Grand Canyon with his wife Carol, trips to Spain to speak at conferences and a trip to Asia while working with Aetna.
A constant and loving companion was his chocolate lab Maggie, who passed in 2020. They were rarely apart and spent time walking the rail trail, riding shotgun in his truck and swimming during the summer.
In 2021, he and Carol relocated to Virginia to be close to family, especially his two grandchildren who were the lights of his life. According to his obituary, “When at home, by the pool or at the beach, time with Papa was always lots of fun!”
Huot was predeceased by his father Andrew Huot, his mother Dorris (Steiner) Huot and a brother Stephen Huot. In addition to his wife, Carol (Oliver) Huot, survivors include two sons, Andrew Huot and his wife Jessica of Butler, Tenn.; and Bryan Huot and his wife Cassie and grandchildren Parker and Owen, all of Fredericksburg, Va.; an aunt and uncle, Marilyn and Tony Fiano; his sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Jerry Tempesta, two nieces, Lindsay Oliver of Simsbury, Conn., and Andrea (Tempesta) Lavoie and her husband Andrew of Amherst, N.H.; a nephew, Nick Tempesta and his girlfriend Gill Lusky of Tampa, Fla.; and many, many friends.
His family will receive friends on March 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m., at the Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home in Suffield, Conn. Burial will be private in St. Patrick Cemetery in Enfield, Conn.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The University of Virginia Cancer Center, Designation Selection – Pancreatic Cancer Research. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Huot, please visit the funeral home’s floral store.