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Dec. 28, 1924—March 9, 2016 Edwar  "Ed" Hitchcock, 91, of Uplands Village, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2016, at Wharton Nursing Home in Pleasant Hill after his wife said farewell at his bedside. He and Elisabeth Thacher Hitchcock made their home in the Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, TN, in 1995. Prior to Tennessee, they lived in the mountains of Bethel, ME, for 18 years. Mr. Hitchcock was born in Decatur, IL, single child of Edward B. and Myrna Sharlow Hitchcock of New England and North Dakota. Young Edward's father was a world-class newspaper man and author and his mother was an opera singer traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe. So Ed, in his early years, attended schools in different parts of the world and country but finally was enrolled proudly at the Deerfield Academy in Massachusets for his high school education. After high school, in 1943, he joined the U.S. Army to support the Allied cause in World War II for two-and-a-half years. When the war ended, he entered Amherst College where he sang in the school glee club and choir, learned music broadcasting as a member of the college radio station, WAMF,  and as a senior became secretary of the Amherst Decency League. In 1949, he was awarded a B.A. in history. Upon graduation, fellow alum Richard Thacher allowed him to meet his sister Beth, who married him two years later. They were married for 64 years. In his career, Ed was a teacher, elementary and secondary school administrator, and educational consultant. He was dedicated to kids all his life, helping many from all walks of life throughout New England, New York, Tennessee and Canada. During his career teaching math, history and English, he was a musical director, a headmaster and a coach. He also hosted student trips to Britain. Away from work, Ed was a member of his church choir and was the driving force for bringing the Pleasant Hill Community Church choir together with the Brushy Mountain Prison choir twice a year for five years. He also volunteered his time to help raise scholarship money for some of the people of the community to advance their education and job qualification. With his large collection and knowledge of classic jazz music, he and Beth enjoyed hosting his "Evenings of Jazz" at their home. He was an avid reader, favoring mystery novels. He also enjoyed making time for writing in several genres, like his father before him. Now he said this, "My most positive contribution to the world is siring two young men who in turn have brought into the world five grandchildren. Did I mention that my marvelous wife of 64 years had something to do with the above listed contribution?" Survivors include his wife, Elisabeth Hitchcock; children, Tad Hitchcock (Valerie) and Daniel Hitchcock (Janice); and grandchildren, Emily and Sharlow Hitchcock, and Evan, Sawyer and Amanda Hitchcock. A memorial is expected this summer. Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC (www.hoodfuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  March 17, 2016
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