ELDRED - Ernest Roy Hand Jr., 73, of Smethport, passed away peacefully on Tuesday (Feb. 23, 2016) with his daughters surrounding him with love and support at the Lakeview Senior Living Center.
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Born March 23, 1942, in Bradford, he was the son of Ernest Roy Hand Sr. and Eleanor Julia Hand.
Ernest grew up in Eldred and was a 1960 National Honor Society graduate of Otto-Eldred High School. He earned his bachelor's of education from Clarion State University. He completed his master's degree in education at SUNY Fredonia.
Mr. Hand was a social studies teacher at Little Valley Central School from 1967-1976. He then became a labor relations specialist for the New York State United Teachers and retired in 1999.
Mr. Hand was a member of the Smethport Lions Club and past president. He was on the board of directors for the McKean County Conservation District. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He served as a director for the Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He also served on the Otto- Eldred Scholarship Committee and Otto-Eldred Alumni Committee. He was also a member of the Ball & Chain Bradford dance club. He devoted decades of his own time, experience and talents towards these groups. He worked diligently to improve our environment with his conservation efforts. His desire to help and support his fellow man was his true passion in life.
Mr. Hand was a history buff, an avid reader, tenacious fisherman, traveler, and car enthusiast. He loved music, dancing and nature. He and his loving friend, Donna, regularly attended dances and concerts. They spent the last several years traveling from state to state visiting their children, grandchildren, relatives and many friends.
Ernest raised his family in Little Valley, N.Y.
Surviving are three daughters, Anne Marie Hand in Arizona; Michelle L. (Russell J.) Scaccia of Marrero, La.; and Kathleen Dietz of Utica, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Anthony Elias-Hand, Julia Russomano and Scott Russomano in Arizona; Tyler James Dietz and Jordan Roy Dietz of Utica; sister, Patricia L. (Howard) Nichols of Centerville and a brother, Earl "Budd" Hand of Eldred; several nieces and nephews; as well as his dear friend, Donna Miller of Hinsdale, N.Y.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Julia Marie Hand; and his nephew, Budd Hand.
On Friday at 2 p.m., a memorial service will be held in his honor, with a luncheon to follow, both at the American Legion in Smethport. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted with Frame Funeral Home in Eldred.
Online condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com.
Frame Funeral Home
230 Main Street
Eldred, PA 16731
Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 24 to Mar. 4, 2016