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Jonathan Hutchinson, age 90, passed away peacefully in Concord, NH, (October 10, 2012) surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Woodruff Hutchinson, and seven children - Anne and husband Gene Kalish of Great Barrington, MA; Jack and wife Rebecca of Deerfield, NH; Hope of Wells River, VT; David and wife Val of Torrington; Charles of Madison, NH; Betsy Clarke and husband Doug of Fairview, NC; and Mark and wife Anjalee of Lewisburg, PA. He leaves nineteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and younger sister, Lois Surgenor of Peterboro, NH; and many nieces and nephews. Jon was born on the kitchen table of the family home in East Aurora, NY on Oct. 19, 1921, the son of Raymond and Jessie (Gillard) Hutchinson. He grew up in Bristol, and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1943 where he captained the soccer and track teams. He served as a First Lieutenant in the 79th Infantry Division in Europe during WW II and was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross. Hutch worked at Torin Company and taught history at Torrington High School, retiring in 1985. He coached the cross country team to 107 straight wins. A fierce competitor, he ran in many road races including the Boston Marathon. He competed in Masters Track & Field internationally until the age of 75. He covered UConn soccer for the Courant. Hutch served on the Torrington City Council, as President of the Association of Retired Teachers of Litchfield County, on the boards of the YMCA, the Mental Health Association of NWC and the Nutmeg Ballet. He worked on affordable housing projects and as an interim manager for restoration of the Warner Theater. He founded the Torrington Track Club. At Center Congregational Church he was a Sunday School teacher, deacon and moderator. In Rotary he led a sustainable rainforest project in Costa Rica. A major supporter of UConn soccer and basketball teams, he established the Friends of Soccer booster club and followed the women's basketball team to many NCAA tournaments. He retired to Manchester and later Concord, NH summering at Silver Lake in Madison, NH where he continued to garden, swim and work for peace.
A memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church of Litchfield the day after Thanksgiving: Friday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to NH Peace Action, 4 Park St. Suite 210, Concord, NH 03301 or the Friends of Soccer, UConn Men's Soccer Office, 2095 Hillside Road, Unit 1173, Storrs, CT 06269-1173.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 16, 2012
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