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Roger A. Hurt

Roger A. Hurt         “Beloved husband, father, and grandfather and esteemed teacher and mentor”

COUDERSPORT, Pa.---Roger Alan Hurt, 75, of Coudersport, died Saturday, March 7, 2020, following a lengthy illness. A longtime teacher at Austin Area Junior Senior High School, Roger passed away with his family by his side at Paramount Senior Living, Mars, Pa., where he had resided since fall 2018.

“Mr. Hurt,” as he was known by students, staff, teachers, and the broader Austin community, taught there for 37 years, spanning the presidencies of Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush. Roger taught multiple generations of Austin families, inspiring scores of students on to higher learning. He built much of Austin’s social studies department from scratch, creating course topics ranging from anthropology to political science to the Civil War, to name a few. Among his many accomplishments, he founded the school’s National Honor Society chapter and helped to launch its yearbook. Roger met his late wife Nancy Hurt at AHS, where she taught social studies before going on to work for the Potter County government. Roger and Nancy were married for 27 years, until her death in 2015. Roger’s love for Austin and its residents was boundless, and he continued to support the community well after his retirement in 2003.

At Coudersport Golf Club, Roger was an active member for nearly 50 years, holding numerous leadership positions and introducing his children to the game. He served multiple terms as board president, chaired numerous tournament committees, and gave his time and talents to growing the sport and welcoming new club members. In the early 2000s, he helped establish the club’s Heritage Hall – to celebrate its history and honor its most influential figures – of which he later became a member. Roger loved few places more than Coudersport Golf Club.

A resident of Allegany Avenue for five decades, most everyone in Coudersport knew Roger. And if not him, they recognized his dogs, Spike and Jake. Through rain, sleet, snow, hail, and heat, Roger walked his dogs around town every morning, afternoon, and evening. Local storeowners knew to keep biscuits on hand for whenever Roger and his dogs visited.

An avid college basketball fan, Roger enjoyed attending St. Bonaventure University basketball games with his children, instilling their lifelong love for the game. Later in life, he and Nancy attended regularly with their friends. They rarely missed a home game and faithfully tuned in by television or radio when the Bonnies were on the road. Roger cheered for the Pittsburgh Pirates and, owing to his lifetime love of cars, pulled for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, and Michigan State Spartans as well.

Roger cared deeply for his friends and family. Without fail, he attended his children’s sporting events, concerts, and extracurricular activities and supported them all in their endeavors. He was known for his warm greetings on the streets of Coudersport to friends and strangers alike.

Born on April 20, 1944, in Oil City, Pa., Roger was a son of Stetson E. and Clara Nellie Bradley Hurt, both now deceased. He graduated from Oil City High School in 1962 and from Clarion State College in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Surviving Roger are the five children from his successful blended marriage with Nancy: Drew A. (Stacy) Hurt of Bridgeville, Pa.; Joel R. (Stephanie) Hurt of Gibsonia, Pa.; Jennifer (Arthur Smith) Boscia-Smith of Williamsville, N.Y.; Benjamin A. Boscia of Ellsworth, Me., and Theodore V. (Amy) Boscia of Ithaca, N.Y. “Grandpa Rog” is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Griffin, 16, Emmett, 14, Charles, 13, Ian, 13, William, 11, Sadie, 10, Alexander, 8, Samuel, 8, Daniel, 7, and Cora, 6; niece Sally (Alan) Barr and nephew Brian (Fae Michelle) Hurt, as well as his beloved dog, Jake.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 12 p.m. The Rev. Scott Ogden, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Golf Club, 839 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16915; the Gerald F. Duffee, Sr. Scholarship Fund, CFFT, 104 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, PA 18840; Teacher's Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915; and The Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Roger’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Roger, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.


Evelyn and I send our deepest sympathy....I am so grateful to have known Roger... Roger and Nancy always made me feel so welcomed whenever I would visit them in their home in Coudy...I enjoyed watching sports with Roger and was always amazed at his knowledge about sports....Thank you Roger for your friendship .

Bobby Boscia

Bobby Boscia Mar 12 2020 12:00 AM

Drew, Stacy, Joel and Stephanie. I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Roger most of my life he was an awesome man. He will be missed. God bless you guys.

Jeff Roberts Mar 12 2020 12:00 AM

Every year during March Madness I alway think of Mr. Hurt and the extra chalk board having the NCAA brackets on them. During my school years I didnt realize the knowledge he was in stilling in me. But as I have grown older I realize that I did retain so much that he taught me. I have a love of history and historical facts and I know that comes from Mr. Hurt. The community lost a great man and he will he miss by all. From my family to his family our deepest condolences RIP Mr. Hurt.

Jason & Toni Fourness

Jason Fourness Mar 11 2020 12:00 AM

Mr. Hurt taught me to love grammar, turned me into a stickler for it, actually, yet, today, I cannot find the right words to convey the positive impact this wonderful man had on such an astounding number of lives, or the deep sense of loss and sadness we all, now, share. My deepest love, gratitude, and respect belong to this man, and my most sincere, heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

Debra (Huston) Korkowicz Mar 11 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Roger Hurt

Debi Shepard Mar 11 2020 12:00 AM

Very sorry for your loss Drew and Family. May he RIP and you continue to have many wonderful memories of his life.

Lynn Kolb Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

There arent any words complete enough to describe this man. When I was younger teachers saw me as a problem not him. He saw me for a bright young man who needed the guidance and the push. I'll never forget going out in the hall 6th period and him having a conversation to the tune of you have bright future ahead of you do you want to waste that on poor decisions? This man touched the lives of so many students including myself even staff around him. It wasnt until just 5 or 6 years ago I understood what that man meant when he would speak to me. May Mr. Hurt rest in peace and enjoy his after life with his wife. As for his family my thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you

Vincent Earle Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

Drew, Stacy and Family, very sorry as you grieve the loss of this amazing man. His legacy lives on in each and every one of you. He has passed the "torch" to you all and may you run with it as he did...contributing to so many others along the way. May God draw you all closer to Himself and may his memory be eternal.

Ted and Mary Ellen Stewart Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear RIP Roger. You will be missed very much by so many you probably couldn't imagine.

John Simms Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

Drew and family, so sorry to hear of your father's passing, he was such a wonderful and kind man.

Aimee Nelson Wykoff Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

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