Obituary of Norman E. Hankey

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Norman E. Hankey, 92, of Mill River, MA passed away Monday, March 21, 2022 at his daughter and son-in-law’s home in Sterling, MA where he has been living for the past 3 years. Norman was born at home in Great Barrington, MA on May 17, 1929. His early years he spent at the family home with his 4 brothers and 3 sisters.  Upon his mother’s passing when he was an early teen he went to live with his brother, Irving, in Mill River. It was during that time that he met his future wife of 67 years, Lucy. Many years prior to their marriage, 12 year old Norm started working for Charlie Wyman doing lumber work and driving trucks. He worked for Charlie many years. He next worked for Homer Stanton initially caring for and milking the cows and picking up milk from local farmers, delivering it to the processing plant and returning their milk cans. Later he was a shovel operator for Homer. Around 1970 he began his own excavating/general contracting business.  He continued working his equipment until the age of 82 when his failing knees finally forced him to stop. He loved working his equipment and took great pride in his work. In the community he had been a volunteer fireman and was also on the Board of Health for forty years. Norm enjoyed country western music and in his more limber years enjoyed league bowling at the Cove Lanes and going to dances with Lucy. Norm and Lucy would regularly attend outdoor concerts at Coe Park in Torrington, CT and at the VFW in Gt. Barrington to enjoy the music. Norm and Lucy frequently went to the ITAM Lodge in Pittsfield, MA to listen to the bands, dance waltzes and so Lucy could do the Polka. Family and friends were important to him, and he tried to visit them whenever he could. He always thought kindly of people and was quick to help anyone who needed it. Norman is predeceased by his loving wife, Lucy, and survived by his loving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who will miss his love, kindness and strong example of compassion for people and community.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Norm and Lucy’s  caregiver while he was at home, Lillian Hankey; his brother, Richard “Buzzy”, for  his help getting the mail, mowing the lawn and helping when needed while Norm  lived at home; Hal Crine for his acts of kindness every winter in their later years; Scott Mackenzie and Larry Davis for their help; the New Marlborough EMT’s and  police for their rapid responses and help when called upon; family and friends in the  community who would stop to visit and pass the time; the Sterling MA EMT’s Fire and Police and Sterling’s Senior Center Staff (Lou, Pam & so many others) for their  help with doctor visits, vaccinations and quick responses for Dad’s medical needs  while in Sterling and Melissa, Sue, Diana, Victoria, Jennifer and Kim from Better  Care Home Health who provided PT, OT, and homecare for Norm in Sterling and  support and caring for his family.

Funeral services for Norman E. Hankey will be held on Sat., April 9 at the United Church of New Marlborough 234 Norfolk Road, Southfield, MA at 11:00 AM.  Burial will follow in Carroll Cemetery in Mill River. Family will receive friends on Friday, April 8 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Birches-Roy Funeral Home 33 South St., Gt. Barrington, MA 01230. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Norman’s memory may be made to New Marlborough Fire Company or First Responders, Inc. P.O. Box 69, Mill River, MA 01244. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.

One Response to Obituary of Norman E. Hankey

  1. Debbie andJohn
    Your folks were both very special people and part of our Mill River lives. Howard died on November 26th and I live in Monterey where we built a retirement home in 2000. Sincerely. Pat Stanton Nourse

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