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GARRATTSVILLE - Richard Cook Hilary of Garrattsville, passed away on Nov. 13, 2017, at Bassett Memorial Hospital in Cooperstown.
Richard was born in Sidney, to Beatrice and Francis Hilary.
He attended Sidney schools and later, SUNY Cortland.
He was a school administrator in the Southold schools on Long Island for more than 30 years and, as a principal, touched the lives of many students.
When retired, he developed environmental and outdoor educational programs on the East End of Long Island through SUNY Stony Brook and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Richard was an educational innovator and greatly ahead of his time. He was awarded the Golden Metcalf Award for Environmental Education, the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award, a member of Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited. Richard had returned to the Butternut Valley where he continued to dedicate his life to the Boy Scouts, the outdoors and educational opportunities.
He is predeceased by his parents, Bea and Francis "Frog;" his first wife, Evelyn; and his brother, Merville "Skip."
He is survived by his children, Holly Hilary Moreno, Richard "Chip" Hilary and Scott Hilary; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Ashley and Cole; and great-grandson, Quinn. He is also survived by his wife, Rosanne, with whom he shared a love of teaching and learning.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Piedmont officiating. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Sidney.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Garrattsville Presbyterian Church, 947 County Highway 16, Garrattsville, NY.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on November 15, 2017
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