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Gordon R. Brock

South Royalton, Vt. — Gordon R. Brock, 85, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt. due to a massive stroke.

Gordon “Rollie” Brock was born on May 7, 1927, in Newport, Vt. the son of Norris and Bertha (Regiel) Brock. He moved to South Royalton as a small child, and spent the majority of his life there.

Rollie joined the Navy and served 15 months during World War II. Upon returning, he joined South Royalton School’s class of 1947, where he was known for his wit, mischievous grin, and love and talent for baseball. After graduating Rollie worked at The First National grocery store in town, followed by Fred and Hazen Smith’s local store. Shortly after that Rollie opened Brock’s Butcher Shop and ran it for 11 years. He finished his career, as what he called, a meat cutter, working for Fran’s Store into his seventies. He married Lucy H. Lewis of Barnard on Nov. 10, 1951. They had eight children together, 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Rollie was a member of several clubs including, the Fuller-Stearns American Legion Post #51 and the Heartland Lions Club both of South Royalton. He was an avid bowler and spent many nights competing with his teams. Rollie was an excellent fisherman and spent his years fishing the White River; his favorite hole was a place he referred to as “The Big Rock.” He was a member of the town baseball team, holding the team together behind the plate or from the outfield. He followed the Atlanta Braves and was always good for a baseball story. Despite the activity, Rollie was a man you wanted on your team. In his later years, it was not an uncommon sight to see Rollie sitting at the kitchen table playing cards, Solitaire most days, but he’d gladly challenge you to a game of cribbage. His loyal dog, Haley, was always by his side and perhaps no one will miss him as much as her. If you happened to bring him over a lottery scratch off, he’d joke that he was about to win big, don’t worry though he was the sharing type. In his absence his family will miss the stories, his infectious laugh and gentle ways. He was a man who spent his years understanding and loving. We can only strive to live the life he led.

Both his parents, his brother, Norris Grant Brock in 1945 and sister, Gloria Mae Clifford in 1975, predeceased him. His beloved wife, Lucy Brock, in 2006. And one grandchild Jessica Lynn Brock in 1986.

He is still survived by all his children, Merry Rogers of Florida, Lucy Blanchard of Hartford, Gordon Brock of Tunbridge, Bonnie Pettit of Royalton, Norris Brock of Tunbridge, Paul Brock of South Royalton, Michael Brock of South Royalton, and Gloria Kinnarney of South Royalton; one niece; 21 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, 300 VT Rt. 110, Chelsea, Vt. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in the Branch View Cemetery in South Royalton, Vt. Messages of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.