Hugh R. Phythyon


Hugh R. Phythyon, of 260 S. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. He was 92.
He was born on July 24, 1926, the son of the late Dan and Dorothy Reed
Phythyon of Sharpsville.
Mr. Phythyon graduated from Sharpsville High School and furthered his education at Allegheny College in Meadville, where he obtained a bachelor of science degree. He later earned a Master of Forestry degree from Duke University in Chapel Hill, N.C., and a Master of Education degree and Elementary Principal's Certification from Westminster College in New Wilmington. Hugh was employed by the Hermitage School District, first as a classroom teacher then as principal of the former Hermitage Elementary Building until his retirement in July of 1989.
He married the former Enid A. Hoffman of Sharpsville on Nov. 3, 1951, and they raised four children together during their more than 43 years of marriage. She passed away on April 14, 1995.
Mr. Phythyon is survived by a daughter Laurel Ann, her husband Paul and three daughters Kathleen, Pauline, and Leigh; a son Reed, his wife Giovanna and two daughters, Heather and Natalie and son Anthony; a son Daniel, and his wife Carol and daughter Sara; and son Craig, his wife Eve and son Eric; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. James M. Phythyon of Nashville, Tenn., in 2002, and a sister, Juliana Phythyon O'Neill of Ormand Beach, Fla., in 2007.
Mr. Phythyon was a longtime member of The American Chestnut Foundation, a scientific organization dedicated to the restoring of a blight-resistant chestnut tree to the woodlands of America. Therefore, anyone wishing to make a memorial statement in lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy should do so through The American Chestnut Foundation, 50 N. Merrimon Ave., Suite 115 Ashville, NC 28804.

Hugh R., 92, of 260 S. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage.
Services: Per his request, there will be no calling hours, and a private burial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are being handled by the SAMPLE-O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 555 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on January 17, 2019
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