J. Edgar Spider Hyatt
formerly of Bainbridge and Binghamton, N.Y.J. Edgar Spider Hyatt, 101, formerly of Bainbridge and Binghamton, N.Y., born in Owego, N.Y., on May 22, 1903, passed away at his home in Florida, Wednesday, June 9, 2004, after a short illness. He is survived by two daughters, Margaret Bonneville, Melbourne, Fla., and Marion Foran, Chenango Forks, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Mark Foran, Michele Merwarth, Martin Foran, Melanie Fuerst and Michael Foran; and ten great-grandchildren. Prior to moving to Florida, he resided for 31 years in Bainbridge, N.Y., where he enjoyed and was known for his organic gardening. He was a graduate and Class Valedictorian of Union-Endicott High School and later earned his bachelors degree from Cornell University, completing five years of college in four years. He was a veteran of WWI, retired from the Binghamton School City District after 36 years of service having taught in both Binghamton Central and Binghamton North High Schools in the field of Industrial Arts. Spider was considered one of the oldest registered Eagle Scouts in the country. He had been in Boy Scouts for 82 years, having joined the Scouts in 1921, where he earned 64 merit badges, compared to the 21 now required to become an Eagle Scout. He was involved in the development for programs at Kiamesha Spaulding and Tuscarora Boy Scout summer camps, where he spent his summers and served as camp Chaplin.
Funeral and Interment Services will be held Thursday, 4 p.m., from the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main St., Endicott. Burial will be in Riverhurst Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home Wednesday from 2-4 and evening 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Tuscarora Alumni Association, Baden-Powell Council BSA, P.O. Box 66, Binghamton, N.Y. 13903.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on June 15, 2004