Frank Benedict Hutchinson, “Hutch,” 87, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 23, 2018, in The Villages, Fla., following a brief, but courageous battle with cancer.
Hutch was born on Oct. 28, 1930, to the late Lloyd and Marian Hutchinson.
Born and raised in North East, Pa., he met the love of his life, Mary Joan Allen while teaching her to jitterbug. They began dating as young teens and married Dec. 27, 1952, the same year both graduated from Thiel College. Over their 65-year marriage, their home on Park Street became their center, raising two daughters and nurturing five grandchildren. In 2008, they moved permanently to The Villages, Fla.
Besides his beloved wife, Mary, he leaves the following to cherish his memory: daughters, Mary Ellen O’Brien and husband Gregory of Shavertown, Pa., Carol Canter and husband James of Erie, Pa.; grandchildren, Dr. Mark (Katelyn) O’Brien, Katherine (Christopher) Sheppard, Kristen (Mi-chael) Labagh, Bryan Uglow and Sarah Uglow; sisters-in-law, Jeanette and Watesah Hutchinson; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Clarence and Harold (Gerri) Hutchinson; and his sister, Doris Carbaugh.
Education and educating was Hutch’s passion. A 1948 graduate of North East High School, 1952 B.A. Thiel College and 1961 M.Ed. from Penn State equipped Frank to share a love of the written word (becoming quite a raconteur) and literature with countless students. He started his teaching career in Greenville, Pa., then, Sherman, N.Y., followed by 37 years at Westfield Academy in Westfield, N.Y., where he chaired the English department.
Upon retirement, his dedication to teaching continued. He spent a year teaching indigenous stu-dents at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska, followed by two summers teaching ESL in Po-land and the Ukraine where he received a United Nations Teacher of the Year award. Adjunct pro-fessor at Villa Women’s College, Gannon University, Penn State Behrend and Lake Sumter Com-munity College in Florida extended his desire to help students pursue their dreams. Many students maintained contact with him well beyond their classroom experience.
He was a past board member of both the McCord Memorial Library and the Erie County Library Association. Besides spearheading a restoration and fundraising for an addition at the McCord Memorial Library, he was also instrumental in maintaining its independence. An annual service award in his honor is testament to his civic contributions. A former elder of the First Presbyterian Church in North East, Hutch led the fundraising and restoration of the sanctuary, stained glassed windows and handicap accessibility.
Friends and family are invited to share a celebration of Frank’s life at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1500 Freeport Road, North East, Pa., on July 9, 2018, at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the McCord Memorial Library in North East, Pa.; or the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.