Wilbur Lyman "Hitch" Hitchcock passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the VA Hospice in Palo Alto, California. He was born July 16, 1928, to Lillian (Walker) and Lyman Hitchcock of Columbia Station.
Hitch is survived by his caring wife of 63 years, Patricia (Ward); children, Brian (Etta) of Franklin, Tennessee, Holly (Rob Biaggi) of San Francisco, California and Kevin of Knoxville, Tennessee; and his grandchildren, Jason and Andrew of Franklin, Tennessee and Alexandra, of Conway, Arkansas.
Hitch was a veteran of the Korean War, and returned from service to begin careers at Goodyear (Films and Flooring division), and later Ohio Nut and Bolt, which took the family from Berea, to Atlanta, Georgia in 1970. Hitch semi-retired in 1984 to run antique shops in Roswell and Kennesaw, Georgia, but his true career came late in life as a professional Santa Claus in Atlanta, Georgia and Richmond, Virginia, where he delighted thousands of children for over 15 years. After moving to Merritt Island, Florida, in 1992, Hitch and Pat were active in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and the Brevard Antiques and Collectables Club. They moved to Cocoa Beach in 2001, then to Redwood City, California in 2010. Hitch was a loving father and caring husband who made sure his children had the opportunity to experience weekend and summer camping vacations throughout Ohio and the United States. His appreciation of nature called him to be an avid gardener, and he loved to watch his aviary friends when they stopped by the bird bath or feeders. His only vice was he could not pass by a flea market, antique mall or store without stopping! He is now looking for the Rainbow Bridge to meet up with his many Scottish Terriers, whom he loved dearly.
Private burial plans for internment of his ashes have been made in accordance with his wishes. The family would like to thank the kind and caring staff of the VA Hospice, who assured comfort and peace at the end of the life of a very kind and caring man.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in memory of Wilbur Hitchcock, to Hospice Care Center, Palo Alto VA, 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto CA 34304.