R. J. (Bob) Hunter was born in the Wirral within sight and smell of the North Wales coast and hence was the most native of the FR Directors. He founded the Merseyside and Deeside Group of the Festiniog Railway Society, the first of the area groups. His interest in the FR dated back to 1939. He was a tireless supporter of the railway and was instrumental in founding and developing other area groups (namely Lancs. & Cheshire, White Rose, London Area and Midland Area). He was a director of the Society from 1956 to 1964. He had a reputation for willing cheerfulness because he was always, if at all possible, making himself available for FR meetings in any part of the country.
A professional railwayman, during the late 1950s and 1960s Bob was on the staff of the "old" (ex-LNER) York Railway Museum until it closed, as a professional looker-after of old locomotives, as "assistant-in-charge".
He died in York on 21st February 1999.