Engineer served in Navy during WWII

GARLAND, Maine — Winfred Thomas Hocking, 88, died on Friday, May 22, at home.

Tom was born Sept. 14, 1926, in Rockland, Maine, a son of Winfred and Katheryn (Andrews) Hocking.

He graduated from Wakefield High School in the Class of 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an electrician aboard a Pacific-based destroyer.

He graduated from the Lowell Textile Institute in 1952 and retired in 1990 after working as an engineer.

Tom was a member of the Society of Mayflower’s Descendants in the State of Maine, the Maine Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of The Union Veterans of the Civil War.

In addition to his wife Rebecca (Spencer) Hocking, he is survived by two sons, Thomas and his wife Valerie (all of Garland, Maine) and Ted and his wife Sally of Baldwin, Maine; a daughter, Cynthia Labonte and husband Norman of Brookfield; a brother Andrew and his wife Patricia of Lynnfield; five granddaughters and four grandsons.

Tom was predeceased by a son Russell Hocking of Raynham, a son Robert Hocking of Mashpee, a sister, Martha Bourdon and her husband Leo of North Reading.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, May 28, at the Ridge Cemetery in St. George, Maine.

Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal in Dexter, Maine.

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