Robert Joseph "Bob" Schock

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Mystic - Robert "Bob" Joseph Schock, 71, of Mystic, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, July 15, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margaret "Peggy" (Doran) Schock.

Bob was born May 9, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of Norma (McCarty) Schock of Downingtown, Pa., and the late Joseph A. Schock. He graduated in 1959 from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

After a very successful sales career working for Hallmark, Gulf Oil, Xerox, and Microform Data Systems, he transferred to Connecticut in 1973, and resided in Ridgefield until 1991. Bob's entrepreneurial spirit helped him launch his own company Colonial Data Technologies Corp. in New Milford and Herndon, Va., a telecommunications device manufacturer and service provider. His company mapped the development of Caller ID for use in commercial and residential telephone systems in the United States. He retired in 1998 to Mason's Island, Mystic, to enjoy the Connecticut coastline.

Bob loved the water and cherished the times spent fishing and boating and appreciated the local nature around his home. He also enjoyed years being a private pilot and hunting. He looked forward to lunch with "the guys", and always valued the company and loyalty of a good friend. Talking history and politics was a must, and if you didn't agree with him, he liked the debate even more.

In addition to his wife, Peggy, he is also survived by his children, daughters, Susan Turley and her husband, Brian, of Mystic, and Kimberly Hufschmied of Newtown; his son, Bobby Schock and his wife, Lisa, of Winter Springs, Fla.; and son-in-law, Peter Fortier and his wife, Irene, of Canton. He is a beloved "Grandpop" to his grandchildren, Megan, Kelly, Amelia, Bryan, Tyler, Justin, and Miranda; and is also survived by a sister, Carol Bernard; and two brothers, James and Joseph Schock, all of Pennsylvania.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Karen Schock Fortier.

Funeral services will be private.

Mystic Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Published in The Day on July 18, 2012
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