Obituary of Ernest C. Rock, Jr.
Ernest C. "Ernie" Rock, Jr., 86, of State Route 3, West Plattsburgh, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the UVM Health Network, CVPH in Plattsburgh, with his loving family by his side.
He was born May 5, 1933 to Ernest Sr. and Violet (Frenyea) Rock, the youngest of five siblings.
After serving in the Korean War as a member of the United States Air Force, Ernie returned home and met his future wife, Bernice Drollette, at his father's, Rock's Bar. They were married July 23, 1955.
He worked at Diamond International Paper for over forty years supporting his wife and eight children.
Ernie was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed golf, baseball, table tennis and softball. He was well known around the area as an outstanding softball pitcher who managed the American Legion men's softball team, playing alongside five of his sons. Ernie was a lifelong Pirates, Giants and Knicks fan. He loved vacationing in Las Vegas, cruising and family trips.
Ernie is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bernice; sister, Shirley Darrah; children, Alan Rock, Kathryn (Cristian) Balan, Timothy Rock, Barry (Kelly) Rock, Tom (Karen) Rock, Brian Rock, Greg (Karen) Rock and Dean (Joanne) Rock; grandchildren, Bret (Erin) Rock, Kyle (Sierra) Rock, Megan (Chris) Verkey, Ian Baughn, Ryan Rock, Ashley Rock, Ariana Rock, Taylor Rock, Camden Rock, Maxim Rock, Joshua Balan and Danielle Rock; six great-granchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents as well as his sisters, Anna-Mae, Leonna, Gladys "Patsy", and Ruth.
He once said he was blessed to have such a large family, but his family was truly blessed to have him. He will be greatly missed.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 2 to 4 PM at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A funeral service will follow at 4 PM in the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. Military honors will be accorded at the Hamilton Veterans Memorial, following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.