James T. Hancock
1931 - 2012
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Hancock, James T.

Keuka Village: On July 28, 2012. Born November 20th, 1931, near Philadelphia, PA, and raised in Bath, NY by his mom Lena and Grandmother Eva Bardeen. Survived by his loving wife Rosemary Mekos Hancock, five kids (Joseph "Dana", Lucia, Tom, Georgia & Cory), and 8 grandchildren (Mike, Tom, Paul, Matt, Melody, Tommy, Sarah, & Elizabeth).

Jim led an adventurous young life growing up with lots of friends in Bath and Prattsburg, NY. He competed with his close friend Walter Ferris for the most varsity letters at Haverling High. It was during these years that he discovered Keuka Lake, spending summers swimming, boating and sailing with anyone who needed crew for E-Scow races.

Jim attended Lehigh University on a football scholarship, playing 4 years as a running back and linebacker. His sophomore year marked the school's first and only undefeated season. He enjoyed great times with his teammates and Delta Tau Delta fraternity brothers.

After college he had the opportunity to go pro with the NY Giants in the fledgling NFL, but instead decided to attend Syracuse Law School following his old friend Walt Ferris.

After law school, he enlisted in the US Navy and achieved the rank of First Lieutenant. He was stationed primarily in Japan, where he was part of military intelligence, decoding messages and coaching the base's football team.

After serving in the Navy, Jim settled in Rochester, NY. He started out at Lincoln First Bank, and after being admitted to the NY State bar, joined a law firm. From the early 1970s on, he was his own boss in private practice. His biggest client right up until early 2012 was the Civil Service Employment Agency (CSEA).

As soon as he developed a sustainable practice, Jim searched for a cottage on Keuka Lake and found "Helvetia House." The former Keuka Yacht Club, turned small "hotel" turned oasis for local fisherman, became his home until his final days. "Want to go for a little sail?" he would ask if you were in earshot of his E-Scow.

Jim also loved to golf, with a strong short game and precision putting. A fixture at the Bath Country Club, he was instrumental in funding and building the back nine and the clubhouse expansion.

He was a Counselor, Sailor, Storyteller, Family Historian, Show-tune Hummer, Duct Tape Repair Man, Yankee Fanatic and great friend to all who knew him. So many have shared stories of how he went out of his way to help. Above all, he will be remembered as a devoted husband and a supportive, loving Father and Grandfather. He recently remarked how proud he was that each of his kids pursued advanced degrees, finding it "hard to believe" his family has such a wide variety of careers and interests. He gave his kids a strong foundation and example for fruitful, balanced and independent lives.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, July 31, 12 Noon - 2 PM and 6 PM - 8 PM at Fagan's Funeral Home, 31 West Morris St., Bath, NY. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 1st, at 11 AM, at Fagan's Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Tom Hancock's Pelotonia bike ride in support of cancer research: http://www.mypelotonia.org/riders_profile.jsp?MemberID=3886

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Jul. 30, 2012.
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August 1, 2012
Dear Rose and Family,
It is hard to say good-bye to someone so special. I wish there was something I could do to change the way things are for you right now. Memory is a special place in our hearts where we find comfort in our treasured thoughts of those we hold dear. May these memories ease your sorrow and may time bring your peace. I want you to know I'm thinking of you during this difficult time. My love and prayers are with you.
Michol Cesare
July 31, 2012
Rose, Dana, Lucia, Tom, Georgia, and Cory--You have lost your husband and father and we have lost an old friend.The original "loose hanger from Lehigh" will always have a place in our hearts and many happy memories in our "good times vault". Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bonnie and Bob DeWaters
Dr. Robert DeWaters
July 31, 2012
So sorry about the loss of your dad, Joe, and father-in-law, Maria. Losing a loved one is really hard, but I know you have the Lord, the greatest Comforter anyone could ever have. We will be praying for you.
Steve and Sue Wilt
July 31, 2012
Rose...I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. I remember years ago, Jim being so accepting and tolerant of us youngsters.....and welcoming us into his home. He was a man that made everyone comfortable in his presence.
Hope you and his children can find comfort in his memories.
Terry DeMember
July 31, 2012
Le nostre più sentite condoglianze per la vostra
grande perdita.
Bux Concetta & Enzo
July 30, 2012
So sorry I can not be there, Tom. I have so many fantastic memories spending time in the summers with you, your dad and the rest of the family at the lake. I can remember Rose driving us out one of the times, with Van Morrison playing in the car like it was yesterday. Stay strong. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Peace & Love,
John Ferraro
July 30, 2012
From all of us here at CSEA Local 506 we wish you our condolence's. Jim was a very dear friend of ours and will be greatly missed. I will always remember his great stories he was always willing to share. Also picking him up at the Saab dealership whenever he had to drop his car off.
Charles Parsons
July 30, 2012
Dear Tom, Marjie, Tommy, Elizabeth and the entire Hancock family. We are so sorry to learn of your father/grandfather's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy;
Sheila, Dale, Nathan and Jonathan Phillips
July 30, 2012
Rosemary, Jim was our first baseman in the Monroe Y softball league 50 plus years ago at Genesee Valley Park. We went our separate ways, but I remember him well. Condolences to you and his family.
George Haskins
July 30, 2012
Dearest Dana, Lucy, and Tom,
The Hancocks in the 60's, 70's, and 80's are a rich part of the history of the Kay family. These were the years when we were all young and had only our dreams of the future.
I have shared news about Dad's death with Alan, Bruce, Eric, and David. Without fail, when the Kay guys are in town, they ask about all of
you. Thankfully, Mom has kept me up-to-date.
The memories we have of all of you are rich and happy and funny too. And, it seems, you've all moved into adulthood with love for spouses and children and success in your professional lives. We would have expected this even as far back as the 70's!
Bob and I send our sympathy to you. We don't want our mothers and fathers to die. This is a painful time. But, life moves inexorably on. Take from Dad his confidence in you and his pride too and continue on to make your lives worthwhile and loving as a tribute to him.
Sending our love, Barbara and Bob
Barbara Kay
July 30, 2012
Dana, Lucia, and Tom and all your families...we send our condolences to you and the grandchildren. Keep the faith you will see him later on

Arturo & Lorraine DeVitalis
July 30, 2012
Joe and family --- So Sorry for your loss. May your fond memories help you thru this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Greg & Lorie (Goff) Frielinghaus
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