Henry O. ‘Hank’ Babcock, 91

OSWEGO, NY – Henry O. “Hank” Babcock, 91, a resident of Oswego, passed away on Friday April 6, 2018, at his home.

Born in Oswego, hew was a son of the late Clayton and Margaret (Matott) Babcock and had attended Oswego schools.

He was a firefighter for the Oswego City Fire Department for 31 years.

Hank served for 32 years as a voting machine custodian for the Oswego County Board of Elections.

He was involved in community activities for many years.

He served as a member of the Oswego County Legislature in 1978 and from 1986 to 1997, representing Oswego’s Eighth Ward and District 18.

Hank Babcock Drive was named after him for his many years of service.

Mr. Babcock was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War.

He was a charter member of the Oswego Hot Stove Association., a Past Commander of the American Legion #268, a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Oswego Elks #271.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, the former, Jean Lass; three sons, Timothy Babcock of Scriba, David Babcock of Old Forge and Gary (Chris) Babcock of Oswego, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Jeanine; three brothers, Robert, Francis and Leo; and two sisters, Georgeanne and Doris.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. from St.Peter’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 – 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of choice.


  1. I am sorry for your loss. He was a great man. Mom and I send our condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. I am very sorry for your loss. My father, Edward Czirr, grew up in the brick house where Syracuse Ave and Fifth Street branch off. I believe Hank and Ed were friends. Hank use to stop up to our house at 207 East Eighth. I met him several times…he was the definition of a gentleman and a class act. Sorry again for your loss.

  3. Condolences, thoughts and prayers to Hank’s family and friends. I have fond memories of Hank from his time as a firefighter, a legislator, delivering newspapers to his home, going to school with his children, living across the street and him and Jean hanging out at the Farmer’s Market. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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