THERESA, N.Y. — Edwin E. Vock, 84, formerly of St. Albans died on Friday, July 1, 2016 at Hospice of Jefferson County at Ellis Farm, Watertown, N.Y. after a 10-year valiant struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. He amazed everyone by outliving all medical predictions.
Born on Nov. 22, 1931 in Theresa, N.Y., he was a son of J. Clifton and Lillian V. Erickson Vock. He graduated from the Theresa High School in 1949 and attended Syracuse University.
On Dec. 12, 1950 Eddy enlisted into the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at the Radar Base in St. Albans, where he attained the rank of Staff Sargeant. This is how he met his future bride Yvonne Rocheleau. They married on Sept. 20, 1952 at Holy Angels Parish, St. Albans. Yvonne passed April 18, 2001.
As a young man, Eddy began his career as a driver for Youngs Express in Theresa, N.Y. He always had a story to tell about the people he would meet, deliveries he would make and “life on the road”.
Eddy was a proud successful sales professional for Fuller Brush Company and later retired after 26 years with John Hancock Insurance Agency. Everyone that worked with, met or spent any time with Eddy quickly learned that he was a charming, caring, compassionate and genuine person. He loved meeting, talking and helping people. He was always willing to lend an ear as well as share a story, antidote or a “joke”. Eddy was a man of faith and a positive example for his family, friends and community. He would spend his free time watching his grandchildren play sports or their many other activities. He was lovingly referred to as PopPop, Grandpa and Papa by his grandchildren. He enjoyed following BFA, Indian River and UVM athletics, the Celtics, and Syracuse Orange. Some of his favorite pastimes were dancing, golfing, traveling, vacationing in Myrtle Beach, SC, cribbage and playing cards. You could catch him on every chance he had riding his tractor mowing or brush hogging the property or relaxing on the side porch with Brenda. Eddy had many sayings, one of his favorite sayings being “If God is with me then who is against me?”.
He was a lifetime member “third degree honorary” in the Knights of Columbus and longtime member of the Moose Lodge both in St. Albans.
Survivors include his significant other of 15 years Brenda Dingman of Theresa, N.Y.; five children; daughter Deborah Vock Stevens of Millbury, Mass.; daughter Dianne Vock DuPrat and husband Greg of St. Albans; son Michael Vock and wife Peggy of Tulsa, Okla.; son Stephen Vock and wife Donna of South Burlington; daughter Rebecca DeLaricheliere and husband Rene of St. Albans; and extended family members Erik and Kelly Dingman of Theresa, N.Y. and Deanne Gunn of Brownville, N.Y.; fifteen grandchildren, Ashley Zegarzewski, Greg Vock, Erin Jordan, Deidra Gomez, Tyler Vock, Kayleigh and Kyle Ehler-Vock, Andrew, Lauren and Jennifer DeLaricheliere, Brenlee and Taber Dingman, Kayann, Mileigh and Christian Gunn; brother, Richard Vock and companion Arlene Murphy; sister-in-law Marlene Vock; sisters and brothers-in-law Carita and Roger Cadieux; Rita and Wayne Sweeney and brother-in-law Leo; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his wife Yvonne, sisters Eleanor Audlin and Evelyn Sturge and brother James B. Vock, four brothers-in-law George, Ernest, Homer and Alfred Rocheleau and three sisters-in-law Hortense Levesque, Cecile Deslauriers and Corinne Rocheleau and two grandchildren Mathew and Maria Ehler-Vock.
A Funeral Mass with Father Maurice Roy officiating will be held on Saturday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Albans. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.
Contributions in Eddy’s memory may be made to Northwest Family Foods, 5 Lemnah Drive, St. Albans, V.T. 05478 and to Franklin County Home Health, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, 05478.
Condolences may be made online at www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.