Tappan Zee High School


Joseph F. Hince of Pearl River, NY, a retired teacher and coach, devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather, died 3 March 2005 at home. He was 75. The son of Charles and Blanche Hince, he was born in New Kensington, PA on March 10, 1929. Joe grew up in nearby Springdale, PA and was a standout football and basketball player at Springdale High School. Joe was a talented football player and he played both ways as the center and middle linebacker for George Washington University on a full athletic scholarship from 1953-1957. He was a team captain during his senior year when GWU was ranked 17th nationally. In the 1957 Sun Bowl, his game-changing plays on defense helped GWU shut out favored Texas Western 13-0, a team led by future NFL hall-of-famer and New York Jets star Don Maynard. Previously, during the Korean War period from 1951-53, Joe played U.S. Army semi-pro football with and against noted football greats including Sam Huff. Joe married his lifelong soul mate Cecelia LeStourgeon of Media, PA on August 24, 1957. Their love story started at GWU where Joe crowned his futute wife Celia as the Homecoming Queen during their senior year. Joe graduated GWU in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. Joe was President of the GWU student body and the local chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity from 1956-57. From 1957-60, Joe taught and coached football, basketball and baseball at West Orange High School in New Jersey. Joe taught physical education, health and driver's education at Tappan Zee High School from 1961-1991 and coached one or more sports including football, track, baseball and wrestling throughout most of his tenure. He was the Head Coach of the TZHS varsity football team from 1961-1979, leading TZ to Rockland County championships in 1961, 1964 and 1966. Joe was active in his local community and worked in youth-recreation programs starting in the 1960s, serving as the Director of the Town of Orangetown's youth-recreation department from 1977 to 1991. Joe also served as a “Blue and Gold“ officer for former Congressman Ben Gilman, helping to recruit and interview candidates for the U.S. Naval Academy. Joe and his family enjoyed camping and vacationing together for many years. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, cooking and entertaining his grandchildren. He and his wife Celia had many local friends and they regularly enjoyed their company. Survivors include his son Eric Hince and his wife Sheila of Campbell Hall, NY; daughter Jennifer Sercander and her husband Richard of Highland Mills, NY; grandchildren “RJ“ and Courtney Sercander, and Stephanie and Christian Hince; brother “Chuck“ and his wife Betty of Springdale, PA; brother John and his wife Gerry of Woodbridge, VA; sister Barbara of Springdale, PA; sister-in-law Larue of Bonita Springs, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Joe's wife Celia predeceased him by three days; he was also predeceased by brother Ted of Freedom, PA, a retired high-school principal. Cremation was coordinated by Hannemann Funeral Home of Nyack, NY. A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack, NY at 10 am on March 19th, 2005. Memorial contributions may be made to United Hospice of Rockland. HANNEMANN FUNERAL HOME, INC. 88 South Broadway, Nyack 845-358-0573