Obituary of Robert Sidney Hocking |

Obituary of Robert Sidney Hocking

Robert Sidney Hocking passed to the great lodge in the sky to play poker on Aug. 11, 2016. Beach bum, water ski tricks, the president of the redneck yacht club with Bermuda flipflops and a tank top tan, and the blue-eyed old kicker at the local diner was known as Bob. As was his style, he was born in the front room at a house on Bennett Street in Grass Valley on April 4, 1924. He sported bloomers in Dime Lee Boys and went to school in Grass Valley until he dropped out to join the Navy in World War II. Don’t forget, before the war he mucked in the hole and worked the cart conveyor at Empire. He went on to work at Olympia Park roller rink and lake. He also worked as a lifeguard at Memorial Park pool. After the war he bought a Buick, three new suits, and married Calvinna O’Cain of Saint Mary’s Catholic All-Girls School. Starting his 25 years of employment for California State Mental Health Services at DeWitt in Auburn, he was able to buy and help build his first home on Wilson Drive.

He had two children, Steven and Judith. DeWitt closed; he divorced and eventually moved to Napa. He married Bonnie Goveia. He retired and moved back to family land in Grass Valley to custom build, with Bonnie’s stepdad, the home he partied the rest of his days and nights in. He was a resident of Grass Valley for 67 years. He joined Madison Lodge #23 Free and Accepted Masons in 1946. Please give any donations to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Bob Hocking and Arne Price joined the Grass Valley Sportsman in 1986 and helped build the Sportsman Beer Booth at the fairgrounds. Bob was preceded in death by his father Sidney Robert Hocking, mother Alice Foote Hocking, sister Laverne Glover, son Steven Hocking, sister June Price, wife Bonnie Goveia and granddaughter Brittney Hocking-Cangemi. He is survived by daughter Judith Hocking, granddaughter Sabrina Hocking-Cangemi, sister Shirley Merrill, numerous nephews and nieces, stepson Ron Goveia, many distant relations, and two-thirds of Grass Valley. There will be a private memorial held at his home. Invitations will be sent prior.

Here’s a toast to the life of the party, beach, lake, camp, lodge, work, cruise, diner, and anywhere else Bob went; fun would erupt and ladies would swoon. As another blue-eyed babe once did say, “I did it my way.”

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