LeRoy Iden Hoch, 83, of Warminster and Harveys Lake, died Wednesday.
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Born Sept. 21, 1929, in Kingston, he was a son of the late Ruth Hughes Hoch Parsons and LeRoy Iden Hoch.
An only child, Roy lived in Mountain Top with his mother, a nurse, and his father, a pharmacist who died when Roy was 3 years old. He was cared for by loving aunts while his mother worked.
In 1937, he acquired a new family when he entered Girard College in Philadelphia with 1,900 other students. There, he learned to compete and get involved, traits he maintained throughout his life.
After graduating from Girard in 1947, Roy continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, studying accounting and industrial economics there before completing his master's of business administration at the Wharton School of Business.
Roy joined the Ford Motor Co. in a training program for one year and was drafted into the U.S. Army. He honorably served his country from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean Conflict.
Upon his return from the service, his job with IBM took him to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and overseas to Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Britain, which satisfied his love of travel. He returned to Washington and in 1964, White Plains, N.Y.
Roy lived in Manhattan's Upper East Side for 42 years, where he was fondly known as the Mayor of Yorkville. He remained involved in the community by running block parties, acting as a court monitor and, following Sept. 11, a neighborhood rapid responder.
In 2006, Roy relocated to Ann's Choice, a continuing care community in Warminster, where he led an active social life.
The highlights of Roy's life include travel to more than 90 countries, serving on the Girard College Alumni Board of Governors and, after many years, finding the love of his life right across the street at Harveys Lake.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, the former Sharon Britt; cousins, including Ann Kinsman, John J. Hughes, Margaret Coates and Donald Jacoby; his Girard College June 1947 brothers; and many friends.
Celebration of Roy's life will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Oak Lawn Cemetery, followed by military honors at graveside.
Flowers are appreciated and welcomed. Memorial donations may be made to the Girard College Development Fund, 2101 S. College Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19121-4860; or Ann's Choice Scholarship Fund, 10000 Ann's Choice Way, Warminster, PA 18974-3527.
Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Roy's family at www.celebratehislife.com.
Published in Times Leader on July 19, 2013