EAST BROOKFIELD: Pierre "Peter" Moise Rock, 80, of Doane Avenue, died Friday, October 1, in Overlook Masonic Home after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 58 years, Mary A. Rock, daughter Denise Rock-O'Hara and her wife Darcy of Nashua, New Hampshire, two sons; William M. Rock and his wife Theresa of Pelham and Peter R. Rock and his wife Collette of Natick, four grandchildren; Alicia Rock of Northampton, Samantha Koyen and her husband Jesse of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, Michael Rock and his wife Brittany of Brighton and Connor Rock of Natick, a brother Paul Rock and his wife Elaine of Auburn, and adopted granddaughter Rose DiBenedetto.
Peter was born in Worcester, son of Wilbur and Cecile (Lamoureux) Rock. He graduated from David Prouty High School in 1959 and received his Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He then worked for O.S. Walker Company and DeMambro Electronics. His educational career began as a high school teacher at Loretto Academy in El Paso. He went on to be a teacher at Prouty Jr. High, a guidance counselor at Prouty, originator of the Spencer Collaborative Occupational School, and school administrator in the Shrewsbury school system and Wachusett Regional schools for many years before retiring. He served on the Spencer-East Brookfield School Committee, Finance Committee, and Board of Selectmen in East Brookfield. Before retiring for good, he served as the regional Veterans Agent for Spencer, East Brookfield, and Rutland. He was a member and former finance officer at the Gaudette Kirk American Legion Post 138. He was also a former member of the Spencer Exchange Club.
Peter will best be remembered for his love of country and his sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Calling hours are Thursday, October 7, from 4:00-7:00 PM at the J. HENRI MORIN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 23 Maple Terr., Spencer. The funeral will be held on Friday, October 8, from the funeral home with a Mass at 10:00 AM in St. John the Baptist Church, No. Brookfield Rd., East Brookfield. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Mary, Queen of the Rosary Cemetery, Spencer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund or the Gary Sinise Foundation.