Rose Hill Cemetery trustee Hershey recognized for 50 years of service

September 12, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS
  • Rose Hill Cemetery Board of Trustees President Roger Finn, left, presents a silver plate to John R. "Jack" Hershey during an open house Friday at the cemetery. Hershey has served on the board for 50 years.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- John R. "Jack" Hershey Jr. was recognized Friday for 50 years on the Rose Hill Cemetery Board of Trustees, board President Roger Finn said.

Hershey, who also served as the board's president for many years, was presented with an inscribed silver plate during a celebration of recently completed renovations at the cemetery, Finn said in a phone interview after the event.

Hershey, a Hagerstown native and retired businessman, first got involved with the cemetery as a young man, when he cut grass and painted fences there, Finn said. When Hershey began his business career, cemetery officials asked him to serve on the board, Finn said.

"He's always been very enthusiastic about the board," Finn said. "He comes with fresh ideas on how we could make the cemetery better, and we felt as if it would be proper to honor him."

For example, to sell more plots, Hershey suggested a two-for-one offer that has been very successful, Finn said.


"He's always been a salesman," he said.

Hershey remains on the board and has indicated he intends to continue serving on it, Finn said.

"Maybe we'll be recognizing him for 60 years," he said.

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