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Paul Munson Hatch

December 12, 2012
The Leader Herald

Paul Munson Hatch, 96, loving father and grandfather, formerly of 37 First Avenue, Gloversville, passed away at the Lemay Health Facility in Fort Collins, Colorado on Dec. 3, 2012. He was born on May 28, 1916, in Granville, N.Y., to Munson and Vivian (Brown) Hatch and raised in Poultney, Vt. He graduated from Troy Conference Academy (now Green Mountain College) in 1934 and Castleton State Teacher's College in 1938 and began his 40-year career in teaching at a four-room schoolhouse built in the 19th century in Hancock, Vt. He served during World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy, 33rd Naval Construction Battalion, the Seabees. He spent 28 continuous months of overseas duty as the Company Clerk between 1942 and 1945. He traveled over 20,000 miles of Pacific water and, endured a typhoon that ripped the life boats from their deck lashings. He made landing on seven islands where his Company built base camps, roads, water and sanitation systems and runways out of coral. The 33rd was always just behind our front lines and on the heels of the retreating Japanese. For his loyalty and meritorious service, the Company honored him with a gold watch. He met Elsie McNair in Lake Placid and they were married in 1948. After 20 years of teaching public school in Vermont, he moved to Gloversville, N.Y. where he taught another 20 years at the Wheelerville Union Free School in Caroga Lake, N.Y. He was gifted with an exceptional baritone voice and was accepted into the Julliard School of Music in New York City. Although he declined to attend, he sang in the church choir for decades and was featured as the soloist on "Oh Holy Night" every Christmas Eve and "The Old Rugged Cross" every Easter Sunday in the church choir (now called the Church of the Holy Spirit) until moving to Fort Collins in 2003. Paul loved all his pets, especially Brutus, his Bassett Hound, and later enjoyed visits from all his granddogs. Survivors include his daughter, Paula M. Shepard (Ted) of Fort Collins, Colo.; and sons, Peter Hatch of Gloversville, John Hatch of Amsterdam; grandson, Zachary Hatch of Gloversville. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and beloved wife of 58 years. Paul was truly a jovial man of good humor who brought joy to all who knew him. He is singing with the angels now in the heavenly choir. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 5450 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, CO. A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 149 S. Main St., Gloversville next summer.

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