Obituary: Edward J. Hood / Basketball player left his mark

April, 29, 1932 - July 22, 2013

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Edward Hood, a member of the 1950 Homestead High School basketball team that won the state championship and a 2002 inductee to the West Virginia Wesleyan College Hall of Fame, died Monday at UPMC Mercy Hospital. He was 81.

Mr. Hood participated in a variety of sports in high school, competing in everything from tennis to basketball. Besides winning the state basketball championship in 1950 -- an honor that he remained very proud of his entire life -- Mr. Hood also won a section championship in volleyball in 1948.

At West Virginia Wesleyan, he participated in cross-country, basketball, baseball and track. Mr. Hood made the all-conference team in basketball and track and was a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Basketball and Track group.

The hall of fame ceremony in 2002 was one of Mr. Hood's most treasured memories. He enjoyed his time at West Virginia Wesleyan so much that his daughter, Mary Francis Hood, also attended school there.

After college, Mr. Hood went on to work for U.S. Steel, where he was a supervisor for 37 years. Because of the time commitment of his job, he couldn't coach anything more than his son's Little League team. That didn't mean he wasn't involved in his children's athletics.

"Sports were very important to him; he'd watch anything on television as long as it was sports," his daughter said. "He watched sports forever; he loved going to my games and my brother's games. I loved sports because of him. "

Mr. Hood stayed active after college by playing in an adult basketball league, the sport he remained most passionate about. He followed the local professional sports teams, but his true passion was University of Pittsburgh basketball.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Hood is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kay F. Hood, and his son, H. Edward Hood, both of West Homestead. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at the George Irvin Green Funeral Home, 3511 Main St., Munhall. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at the St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Munhall at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Everett Cook: ecook@post-gazette.com and Twitter @everettcook.


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