Earl C. Hitchcock

July 5, 1923January 6, 2014

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

He was born in Milford, NY and later moved to Forest Ave in the East End of Oneonta. He attended Oneonta Schools and was drafted into the US Army as a PFC in 1943 and served two years between Italy and Africa in WWII. Earl was honorably discharged in 1945 with a Good Conduct Metal and European African Middle East Service Metal.

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 NY Giant fan until they moved to San Francisco, then became a devoted Yankee 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 brother-in- laws 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 on Friday, January 17th at the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, 425 Main Street, Franklin, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and the funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 18th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Franklin at 3:00pm. Reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your choice of the Catskill Area Hospice or the Delaware Valley Humane Society.

Your support and compassion has been greatly appreciated by the family and we are thankful he no longer suffers and will rest in a peaceful hereafter awaiting his families rejoining.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.


  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Tony Scavo

January 14, 2014

Dear Mrs. Hitchcock and Family,

I would like to extend my deepest sympathies for the loss of Mr. Hitchcock. I have fond memories of the years Gary and I spent growing up in Oneonta and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With regrets, Tony Scavo

Lynda (Harold) Elderkin

January 13, 2014

To Jeanne, your Mom and siblings,

May God keep you in his care. May your Dad rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Lynda Elderkin (Harold) Franklin, NY

Pat and Dave Gray

January 13, 2014

Dear Mickey and family,
May knowing that so many people share in your grief help you through this time of sorrow. With sincerest sympathy,

Connie Wheelock) Gallup

January 13, 2014

Dear Micky & Family
Its been many,many years since I have seen any one of you , But I think of you often,I truly
was happy way back in my younger days,I remember
you playing cards with my parents,and the fun you all had,Earl will be missed,May you all be strong, He's now taken his rest, God bless you all, Connie ( Wheelock ) Gallup

Wendy Decker

January 12, 2014

..My heart goes out to you and your family and friend's . He'll always be on your mind and forever in your heart.and missed dearly! So sorry for your loss R.I.P. May you rest with the bestest of angel's ..

Sue Gregory

January 11, 2014

Dad, you will be in our hearts forever. We miss you but know you are in a better place. Love you.

Steve Sadwick

January 10, 2014

With deepest sympathy.