PLATTSBURGH — Hank died in Albany, N.Y., on Feb. 1, 2004, after a painful battle with tongue and neck cancer caused by many years of smoking.
He was born in Fairport, N.Y., on April 23, 1926, the son of Frank and Elisa Battaglini.
He leaves four brothers and one sister.
He was in the first graduating class of Champlain College. He also taught chemistry there for one year.
He spent two years in the Pacific during World War II. He served in both the Army and the Navy the latter needing his skills as a draftsman. He also designed a church which still stands in the Hawaiian Islands.
He lived 30 years in Syracuse, N.Y., as a sales manager and was a member of many organizations. He was a faithful participant in Nocturnal Adoration and spent many a cold night adoring our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. His rosary was his faithful companion. He also enjoyed coin and stamp collecting, fishing, teaching, cards and cooking, sharing that talent with everyone he knew. He loved spending winters in Florida and summers here on the lake.
He married Joyce Bouchard in 1949 and they had four beautiful children , Susan of Albany, N.Y., Gail of Vequita, N.M., and Aimee of Pittsfield, Mass. A son, Christopher died in 1973 and is still sorely missed. He also leaves eight wonderful grandchildren and many nieces, nephew and in-laws.
He was a true, faithful and loving husband, father and grandfather. He and his wife were best friends