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Walter J. Hurley Sr.

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Walter J. Hurley Sr. Obituary


Walter "Doc" Hurley, Sr., 91 of Hartford, beloved husband of the late Gwendolyn (Bannister) Hurley, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014. Born in Albany, Georgia, son of the late William and Willie( Smith) Hurley, Doc was raised in Hartford and graduated from his beloved Weaver High School. He went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Virginia State University, his Masters Degree from Springfield College, and his Third Year Certificate in Education Administration. During college he joined the US Marine Corp and served during World War II. He began his teaching and coaching career at I.C.Norcom High School in Virginia moving back to Hartford in 1959 to teach Physical Education at Northeast Jones School. It was after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King; Doc was asked to come to Weaver High School to work with the students and retired in 1984 as Assistant Principal. Doc's gentle ways and calming influence, combined with his motivated encouragement through sports, helped him to inspire and influence the lives of literally thousands of young students throughout his career. He was part of founding of the Doc Hurley Foundation in 1975 which has helped hundreds of young people continue their education and sports careers. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the recipient of dozens of sports and community service awards but none that equaled the love and appreciation that Doc carried in his heart from the gratitude of the students he was able to give a hand up. Doc leaves his two daughters Cordelia Costley and her husband Alexander of West Hartford and Muriel Hurley of Hartford; two grandchildren Stacey Hurley Cloud of Farmington and Michael Hurley of Beverly Hills, CA; three great grandchildren Nailah, Sanford, and Prescott; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and extended family. Besides his wife, Doc was predeceased by his son Walter J. "Doc" Hurley, Jr. The public is invited to calling hours Monday, Feb 17, 2014 from 3-6 PM at the Faith Congregational Church, 2030 Main Street, Hartford and again Tuesday, February 18, from 10-10:45AM prior to his Funeral Service at 11 AM at the church. Burial will follow with military honors at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Contributions may be made to the Faith Congregational Church, 2030 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06120. The Carmon Windsor Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements. For directions or condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 13, 2014
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