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Obituaries

  • A memorial celebration of Don’s life will be announced at a later date.

    A memorial celebration of Don’s life will be announced at a later date.

Dr. Donald Charles Hock, 86

Nov. 21, 2015

A memorial celebration of Don’s life will be announced at a later date.

A memo­r­ial cel­e­bra­tion of Don’s life will be announced at a later date.

Dr. Don­ald Charles Hock of Palm Island, Fla., passed away Sat­ur­day, Nov. 21, 2015. He was 86.

Don is sur­vived by his wife, Glo­ria Brown Hock, “Joy” to her friends; his daugh­ters Heidi and Gretchen; his older brother Allen; his younger sis­ter Helene; and his grand­daugh­ters Kaitlin, Lau­rel, and April.  His youngest daugh­ter, Paula, pre­de­ceased him.

Don was born to par­ents Edna and Irv­ing Hock on April 18, 1929, and grew up in Tonawanda, N.Y.  In 1956, he received his doc­tor­ate in physics from Penn State Uni­ver­sity, and Don spent the major­ity of his career as a physi­cist for Lock­heed Mar­tin. Don met his wife, Joy, the love of his life for the past 58 years, on a blind date set up by his sis­ter, Helene, on New Year’s Eve.

In 1995, Don moved from Win­ter Park, Fla., to Palm Island, where he con­tin­ued to enjoy fish­ing, boat­ing, ten­nis, and fol­low­ing Penn State Nit­tany Lions foot­ball. His dream retire­ment was to live on an island that had no bridge and he found just that on Palm Island.  He loved liv­ing his life there, as many of those who knew him can attest.

Don touched many lives, most notably his nephew Dr. Stephen Kubow, who ded­i­cated his own PhD the­sis to Don.  Don’s chil­dren recall their time in the kitchen when Don taught them how to cook, and his wife, Joy, remem­bers him as quite the part­ner in dance and in life. Don will be recalled as a fam­ily man who cher­ished the staff mem­bers and his friends in the Palm Island and the Win­ter Park communities.

A memo­r­ial cel­e­bra­tion of Don’s life will be announced at a later date.

Memo­r­ial con­tri­bu­tions are wel­come and can be made to:

Habi­tat for Human­ity of Win­ter Park, FL

Habi­tat for Human­ity of Win­ter Park-Maitland, P.O. Box 1196 ,Win­ter Park, FL 32790, or at https://www.habitatwpm.org/

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The Sal­va­tion Army, Orlando, FL:

The Sal­va­tion Army, Orlando Area Com­mand, P.O. Box 540657, Orlando, FL 32854–0657 or at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/page.aspx?pid=207#tribute

Tidewell Hos­pice, Port Char­lotte, FL:

Tidewell Hos­pice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sara­sota, FL 34238 or at www.givetotidewell.org.

Arrange­ments by Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Funeral Home, Inc. With Pri­vate Cre­ma­tory. You may send con­do­lences to www.englewoodfh.com