Laurence A. Hoch

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Hoch, Laurence A. CLIFTON PARK Laurence "Larry" A. Hoch, 52, of Southwood Dr., died on Thursday, July 12, 2012 after a long battle with pinealblastoma, a brain tumor. Born in Boston, Larry was a 1983 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, graduated from Suffolk Law School in Boston in 1986, and received his master's degree in tax law at New York University in 1987. He served in the Coast Guard Reserve for ten years. Larry worked at the Internal Revenue Service in Manhattan from 1987 until 1991, when he moved to Ballston Lake to take a job as a tax litigator for GE's Corporate Tax Department. He was a founder of the Catie Hoch Foundation, the charity he established in memory of his daughter to help children take a break from cancer. He also provided pro bono work for Boston Legal Services, and received their 2009 Certificate of Appreciation. Also in 2009, he received GE's Phillippe Award for exceptional community leadership. He was given a special award "What Would You Fight For," from the Notre Dame Club of Northeastern New York. He was a trustee of the James L. Everitts Foundation and on the board of directors for the Mary DeVeau Women's Sober Living House in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He was a communicant of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church. Larry was a fun-loving, kind and generous man, always thinking of others. He had a massive cerebral database of statistics and jokes for every occasion. He loved the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills (for his wife) and didn't mind the New York Yankees (for his daughter). He also enjoyed boating, kayaking, cooking, tailgating, entertaining, puns, lamb chops, prime rib, and most of all, children. He was predeceased by his daughter, Catie; his father, Laurence J. Hoch and his father-in-law, Anthony L. Peca. Survivors include his wife, Gina M. Peca, whom he married on November 11, 1989; two sons, John Dominic and Robert Laurence; his mother, Joan McGarry Hoch; his mother-in-law, Theresa Peca; his sisters, Loretta Hoch (Wouter) Rietsema and Margaret Hoch (Verne) Edgar; and his in-laws, Sam (the late Martha) Peca, Anne Marie (Rich) Starowitz, Anthony (Gerrie) Peca Jr, John (Debbie Murray) Peca, Terry Peca-Baker. He was also survived by several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and his Godchildren, Nicholas Hoch, Annelieke Rietsema, Tess Baker, and Lillie and Olivia Caiazzo. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the wake on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Clifton Park, N.Y. from 3-7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. James E. Clark, pastor, on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, in Clifton Park. The family wishes to thank Dr. Kim Kramer from Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for her unending support, love and assistance. Also, special thanks to Dr. David Korones of Strong Memorial Hospital, Dr. Katy Peters of Duke University, and Dr. Susan Weaver of Albany Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to the Catie Hoch Foundation, 27 Southwood Drive, Ballston Lake, NY 12019.

Published in Albany Times Union from July 14 to July 15, 2012
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