Edward Martin "Jim" Brock
1924 - 2020
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Edward Martin "Jim" Brock

Stuart - Devoted husband and father to four daughters, Edward Martin "Jim" Brock died peacefully in hospice May 13, 2020.

Born in Reading, England on November 11, 1924, Jim was the youngest of five children born to Percy and Kate Brock. He joined the Royal Air Force as a Cadet at 16, delivering messages to various Allied camps on bicycle and motorcycle, and enlisted in the Royal Air Force May 1942. Jim served from 1942 to 1946 as a radar mechanic in France and Germany, being promoted to the rank of Sergeant. After being demobilized in 1947, Jim met his beloved wife, Dorice "Dorrie" Brock, at a dance hall in Southend-on-Sea. They married in 1949 and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last August.

While Dorrie worked as a secretary, Jim attended Faraday House Electrical Engineering College in London and earned an electrical engineering degree with a grant for veterans in England. He worked most of his life in the aeronautical industry, starting at Plessey Aerospace in 1953. Prior to starting a family, Jim and Dorrie travelled by motorcycle across Europe with friends.

In May 1967, Jim immigrated with Dorrie and four daughters, ranging in age from thirteen to three, to the United States. He had no family or friends in the United States but came for a chance to build a better life. The family sailed from Southampton to New York City on one of the last voyages of the RMS Queen Mary.

Jim originally settled in Webster, New York, working for General Dynamics Electronics Division in Rochester. In 1969, Jim moved the family to Rockaway, New Jersey, working for Plessey Dynamics Corporation until his retirement at age 66. It was in Rockaway where Jim and Dorrie became involved in square dancing which introduced them to a large group of life-long friends. The square dancing friends had parties and camped together for many years. In their first year after retirement, Jim and Dorrie traveled around the United States with a camper analyzing where they wanted to retire permanently. They decided on Stuart, Florida and were "snow birds" for many years spending winters in Florida and summers in Dover, New Hampshire. Jim and Dorrie moved to River Club in Jensen Beach where they lived for 18 years and were both active members of the social club. The last couple of years they have resided at an assisted living facility in Stuart.

Jim was a tall, strong, compassionate, and gentle man. He loved all machines, boats, cars, and planes. He liked to tinker and could repair almost anything. Jim was an accomplished baker and enjoyed making fresh bread and cinnamon rolls. Friends and family alike clamored for Jim's famous Key Lime pie! He loved the outdoors and the ocean and to travel. Jim and Dorrie travelled extensively visiting friends they had known since they were young or just exploring the world.

He loved the arts, plays and musicals, movies and books. In retirement, he and Dorrie learnt how to watercolor paint and became quite accomplished. Their love of square dancing continued even after they moved to Florida.

Jim loved a good time, a good party and playing games. Mostly, he loved his family.

Jim is survived by his wife, Dorrie, and their daughters and their husbands, Jacqueline Brock LaLone and Guy "Bill" LaLone of Stuart, FL, Carole Brock and Jack Rann of Portland, OR, Helen Brock and Doug Knight of Dover, NH, and Claire Brock-Ford and James Ford of Orleans, MA. Jim is also survived by three grandchildren: Tiago A. Brock Rodrigues and his wife, April Rodrigues, of Matthews, NC, Nikita M. Brock Swatkowski, of Brooklyn, NY, and Forrest Brock Knight of Dover, NH, by a great grand-daughter, Lianna Lynn Rodrigues, and by two "grand-pups", Connor and Reese.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to either the Treasure Coast Food Bank- 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34947 (www.Stophunger.org) or the Honor Flight of South Florida Inc., PO Box 16821, Plantation FL 33318 (www.Honorflightsouthflorida.org). Jim experienced an honor flight to Washington, D.C. four years ago and considered it one of the many highlights of his life.

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May 27, 2020
To the Brock Family:

On behalf of a grateful nation, and the Department of NH, VFW/Auxiliary District #7, we wish to acknowledge your loved one's service to our country, and send our deepest condolences on your loss.

District #7 Chaplain,
Cathy Burns
May 27, 2020
Diana Patton here. my husband Gard and I are long time friends of the Brock family and we have so many fond memories of times together. We were all in the same square dance class back in 1969-70. But we all saw each other at after parties and get-togethers at each other's homes, with al the children. After we, and Dorrie and Jim moved, we still saw each other when we could. I've added a photo of Jim and Dorrie with Theresa and Jim McKay at our son Shawn's marriage to April. We also had fun times in 2008 for Dorrie's birthday and agin in 2017, celebrating Jim and Dorrie's 50 years of being here in the USA. I cannot believe so many years have passed, but you know what they say, "Time flies when you're having fun" I also want to add that Jim was so proud of his wife and four daughters and loved them dearly.
Diana Patton
May 27, 2020
Dorrie and Jim with Theresa and Jim McKay at our son shawn's wedding to April Clisura.
Diana Patton
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