Frederick Richard Hock, known affectionately as Fred, age 84, passed away following a twenty-six year battle with Parkinson’s Disease on November 20, 2022 at Cary Health and Rehabilitation in Cary, North Carolina. Born on December 23, 1937 in Greenville, South Carolina; he was the only child of the late Frederick Richard Hock, Sr. and Catherine Elizabeth Dryden Hock.
Fred grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. As a young child he was an active member of the Boy Scouts. He attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School where he met his wife, Joyce, in history class. Fred joked that they’ve been making history ever since. After high school, he attended the University of Maryland. Early in their marriage he continued his education at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, where he received his Associate in Arts/Business Administration degree. He received a patent while working at ITT for a high-powered RF switch. He went from ITT to Director of Sales for Electronic News Gathering at Nurad in Baltimore. He retired from Wescam out of California.
Fred enjoyed many hobbies and interests. He was an avid photographer and was a member of the North Bethesda Camera Club where he won several awards. He developed most of his photos in his garage darkroom. In July 1976, he was honored to have one of his photos as the cover of The Bicentennial Times and was asked to present it to The White House. He had an amateur ham radio license and communicated with people around the world. He enjoyed traveling, camping, boating, fishing, and crabbing with his family. They loved spending time at their place at Beach Harbor near the Chesapeake Bay and vacations in Ocean City, Maryland.
Fred and Joyce raised three daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his loving, positive, patient and easy going personality.
Fred is survived by his wife of 64 years: Joyce Dismuke Hock, of Cary, NC; their three daughters: Cathy Tyler of Bluffton, SC, Donna Walmsley (and her husband, Doug) of Lexington Park, MD and Janet Skiscim of Apex, NC; and five grandchildren: Lauren and Katie Tyler, Michael Levay (and his wife, Samantha), Dylan and Jessie Skiscim.
He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.
Family will receive friends on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 11 am until 12 Noon at Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, P.A. -12540 Clarksville Pike - Clarksville, Maryland 21029. Funeral Services will begin at 12 Noon in the funeral home chapel, with interment to follow at Crest Lawn Memorial Garden in Marriottsville, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation: https://www.michaeljfox.org/ or the Wake County Hospice ~ Transitions LifeCare: https://www.transitionslifecare.org/