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January 13, 2014

Earl C. Hitchcock

Earl C. Hitchcock

SIDNEY — Earl C. Hitchcock, 90, of Sidney, son of the late Charles and Edith (Sickler) Hitchcock of Oneonta, passed away on Jan. 6, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Milford, and later moved to Forest Avenue in the East End of Oneonta. He attended Oneonta Schools and was drafted into the U.S. Army as a PFC in 1943, and served two years between Italy and Africa in World War II. Earl was honorably discharged in 1945, with a Good Conduct Medal and European African Middle East Service Medal.

Earl married Merle Lederer in 1946. He is survived by Merle, and his children, Jeanne DeSilva of Franklin, Gary Hitchcock of Rochester, Susan and Thomas Gregory of Unadilla, Richard and Amanda Hitchcock of Watsontown, Pa. He was blessed with 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He worked on the D&H Railroad for 17 years and then was hired at Bendix Engine Division (currently Amphenol Corp) as a machinist and continued to work there for 27 years until he retired in 1986.

Over the years he enjoyed crossword puzzles, camping, league bowling, Sunday softball league, working in his garden and square dancing for 20 years in his spare time. He was an avid Giants football enthusiast and a New York Giants fan until they moved to San Francisco, then became a devoted Yankees baseball fan.

He was once a member of the Eagles Club in Oneonta, American Legion and Moose Club in Sidney.

Earl was predeceased by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret Wathier (Jack), Beatrice Ott (Clyde) of Myrtle Beach; his son-in-law, Roger DeSilva; and great- grandson, Matthew DeSilva of Franklin; granddaughter, Caitlin Elizabeth Hitchcock of Rochester; and several cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, 425 Main St., Franklin, and the funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin. Reception will follow.

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