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Josiah Hunter Hibberd

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Josiah Hunter Hibberd, 86 of West Chester, died on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at his home. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Josiah H. Hibberd and the late Margeretta Durnall Hibberd. Josiah was a native of West Chester, a retired teacher and principal. His friends in West Chester called him "Ike"; fellow teachers called him "Josh" or "Hibb"; and the thousands of young and old students whom he taught over 40 years referred to him as "MR. HIBBERD". He served in WWII for 4 1/2 years as a Navy Seal, mostly in submarine and convoy duty in the Atlantic Theater including Normandy. He also participated in the Pacific Theater in 13 battle campaigns. He remained in the military reserves for 30 years in which time he mastered underwater demolition. After his return from the war, he received a teaching degree from West Chester University. His teaching career included 28 years at Malvern Elementary School as a teacher and principal; two years at Sugartown Elementary and 10 years at General Wayne Middle School. Mr. Hibberd was a special classroom teacher. Former students constan-tly talk about his exciting classes, his after school field trips (which numbered in thousands), and his after school sports program where the competition always ended in a tie. He was a serious collector of art, coins, stamps and books. His expertise was Civil War Memorabilia. Mr. Hibberd was honored by the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation with their American Educators Medal. He also was a recipient of the Christian Sanderson Award; the Philadelphia Chapel of the 4 Chaplains award and Malvern honored him with their Citizen of the Year award in 1975. He is survived by many friends and colleagues. Mr. Hibberd was preceded in death by his siblings, Betty Hibberd and Margaret Hibberd. Services and interment are private. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Neighborhood Hospice 795 E. Marshall St. Suite 204 West Chester, PA 19380 and/or Surrey Services for Seniors 28 Bridge Ave. Berwyn, PA 19312 and/or Soldiers Angels 1792 E. Washington Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91104. Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. of West Chester, PA 610-696-1181; www.DellaFH.com.

Published in Daily Local News on Sept. 13, 2012
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