SOUTH ROYALTON — Calling hours will be held today, Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6-8 p.m. at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea for Gordon R. Brock, 85, who died Feb. 16 at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph due to a massive stroke. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in the Branch View Cemetery in South Royalton.
Gordon “Rollie” Brock was born on May 7, 1927 in Newport, 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.
He is 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.
Rollie was predeceased by both parents, a brother, Norris Grant Brock in 1945; a sister, Gloria Mae Clifford in 1975; his wife, Lucy Brock in 2006; and one grandchild, Jessica Lynn Brock in 1986.
Messages of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
This obituary first appeared in the Feb. 21, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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