William F. Hurd, age 77 of Branchport, NY passed away Thursday, March 21st, 2013 surrounded by his loving family at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
William was born in Canandaigua, NY on April 2nd, 1935, the son of the late Robert and Elizabeth VanEpps Hurd. He served in the US Army from 1958 to 1960 and retired from the US Army Reserves as a Staff Sergeant with 30 years of service. He worked for 41 years for Penn Yan Boats, 3 years as a NY State Fire Inspector, and for 6 years with the Penn Yan School District. Bill was a member of the Branchport-Keuka Park Fire Dept. for 60 years, where he was past fire chief from 1973-76. He served as Deputy Fire Coordinator from 1976 to 1998, was a member of the Yates County Fire Chiefs Association and was past director of the Northern Central Fireman's Association. Bill was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Penn Yan Lodge 2030 and the American Legion Post 355. Bill enjoyed hunting and playing cards with his family. He loved NASCAR and watching ESS Sprints, and Lance Yonge Racing.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Jean Moss Hurd; children Robin (Thomas) Davie, Anthony (Cheryl) Hurd, Mindy (Loren) Johnson; Six Grandchildren; seven Great Grandchildren; sister, Linda Hurd (Paul) Colvin; sister and brother in laws; Janet (David) Hopkins, Judy (Anton) Dinehart, and Joanna (William) Whipfrey. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his mother and father in law, James and Margaret Moss Ingram.
Friends and family may call from 4pm to 8pm on Monday, March 25 at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan. His funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 26th at 11am with the Rev. Sandi Perl and Rev. Barbara Gifford. Burial with Military Honors will be at Branchport Cemetery in Branchport, NY.
Memorial donations may be made in Bill's memory to the Branchport-Keuka Park Fire Dept., 3686 Rte 54A, Branchport, NY 14418 or the Branchport Methodist Church, 3376 Guyanoga Valley Rd., Branchport, NY 14418.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com