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Brian C. Hershey
March 28, 1960 ~ September 25, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old
Brian C. Hershey, age 63, passed into Heaven on September 25, 2023, at his home in Mansfield, PA, due to neuroendocrinal cancer. He was born on March 28, 1960, in Hanover, PA, a son of Charles “Jack” Hershey and Evelyn (Dayhoff) Hershey and was a 1978 graduate of New Oxford High School. He was married to the late Lois “Janie” Hershey who passed away on December 15, 2016. He enjoyed hunting, shooting, photos of animals, gardening, squirrels, and knives.
Brian is survived by his sons, Ryan (Brandy Reed) Hershey of Ulysses, PA, and Shawn (Abbi) Hershey of Oklahoma City, OK; a daughter, Melinda (Christopher) McNeely of Roseville, PA; two stepsons, Jack Machiewicz, and Richard Ellis; two stepdaughters, Julie Manthe of Elmira, NY, and Pamela (Donald) Corwin of Lawrenceville, PA; grandchildren, Addison Hershey, Camden Hershey, Dennis Hughes, Korrigan Hershey, Carson Thompson, Blake Hershey, Haley Wood, Samuel Wood, Anthony McNeely, and Christian McNeely; a brother, Ronald (Laura) Hershey and daughter Karissa Hershey of Hanover, and a sister, Sharon Hershey of Hanover.
As a behavior support specialist for Wellspring Community Support Services in Mansfield, an organization providing programs for mental health and disabled person, Brian was the most requested peer counselor among their clients. Brian and Janie founded the Northern Tier Helping Hands in 2007, initially to provide holiday gifts for families in need. Over the years, they provided holiday gifts for thousands of children. In the last five years, Helping Hands has averaged 1,400-1,600 children each year in Tioga and Bradford counties. Always the vision of Helping Hands to become more than a holiday program, they started a grandparent program enabling grandparents to give gifts to their grandchildren. A back-to-school backpack program was launched to serve children in McKean and Potter counties as well as Bradford and Tioga. The organization also supported victims of house fires.
Memorial contributions can be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.