David E. Bock, 69, son of Elwyn Herman Bock and Nancy Ellen Tilton passed to heaven on Saturday, October 3rd. Born on October 12, 1950 in Ware, Mass. he was predeceased by his parents and his infant son David Elwyn Bock Jr. David leaves behind a son Phillip (Lauren), granddaughter Lenna, sisters Gretchen (Leo) and Heather; brothers Garry and Max; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends too numerous to count.
As a veteran, Dave served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, mainly stationed in Japan. He later returned to Massachusetts where he worked the majority of his career for the Postal Service. However, some of his fondest work memories happened at the Quabbin Reservoir where he worked in the forest, as a painter, and lastly at the pumping station.
Dave loved nature and camping under the stars. From an early age he was an outdoorsman, and became a fearless adventurer, taking many road trips and excursions across the country. On his last big trip, he reached his goal of visiting all 50 states, ending with Alaska.
Dave will always be remembered for his selfless giving ways. Whether working as a mechanic, a handyman, or just enjoying the act of fixing something, Dave could always be counted on to lend a hand to someone in need. Dave loved people. Recently he said, "I always tried to help others" and that was Dave, a selfless helper to the core.
When Dave found the Lord, he became a faith-filled Christian and gave his heart and soul to following Jesus. He became an active member of Covenant Evangelical Church and was inspired to spend much of his spiritual time at “The Cross” on Harty Road in Barre. Dave was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association, CMA, “Riding for the Son.” He will especially be remembered for his faithfulness to the Lord's work, as the Holy Spirit led him.
As a devoted father and family man, Dave was extremely proud of his son and is most recently known as “Opa” to his new granddaughter. As a brother he loved his siblings deeply. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A private Memorial Service will be held. Burial with full military honors will take place in Winchendon at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Mitchell Funeral Home is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Dave’s memory may be made to his church, the Covenant Evangelical Church in Barre, Mass. or to charities Dave supported -- Feed the Children, Be Like Brit, and Mission E4.
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