Douglas G. Rocque, 78

D ouglas G. Rocque of 2 Potter St., Whitehall, died peacefully at his home after a lengthy illness on July 1, 2010.
He was born May 15, 1932, in Whitehall, the son of the late Leo and Rosalie (Plude) Rocque.
Mr. Rocque was a graduate of Whitehall High School, class of 1949, and then spent a brief time in the Catholic Seminary at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He is a U.S. military veteran and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and spent a year in the Philippine Islands.
After separating from service, he returned to New York and married the former Carol Nixon of Niagara Falls on June 15, 1957. He then worked full time for Meritt, Chapman & Scott during the construction of the Niagara Power Project while going to college with a full-time schedule and caring for his growing family. He graduated from Niagara University in 1960 and went to work for the U.S. Social Security Administration in Jamestown for three years. Mr. Rocque returned to his hometown in 1963 and continued with the Social Security Administration for four more years, working out of the Glens Falls office. He then went to work for General Electric Co., eventually heading up the employee relations department and simultaneously working in union negotiations until his disability retirement in 1987. Additionally, he and his wife owned and operated the local Tastee Freez business for 15 years.
Mr. Rocque then continued serving his community in elected positions, first as a member of the Whitehall Village Board, a member of the Whitehall Town Board and ultimately several terms as the Whitehall town supervisor and as a member of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, serving a term as vice-chairman.
During his time in Whitehall, Mr. Rocque was active in the Elks where he was a two time PER, District Deputy and NYS VP. He was also a member of the Jaycees, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the VFW, the Eagles and the local Chamber of Commerce. He also served several years on the Whitehall Board of Education, serving a term as its president. In earlier years Mr. Rocque was an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, a founding member of the Whitehall Emergency Squad and a member of his Parish Council at Notre Dame Catholic Church. He also participated for 25 years in the Junior Miss Program, serving as master of ceremonies for most of that time.
Some of his fondest memories are the two trips to Europe with his wife and a great trip to Hawaii.
In addition to his wife, Carol, of 53 years, he is survived by his eight children, Michael and wife Danna of Clifton Park, Michele Sellers and husband Charles of Southern Pines, N.C., Mark and his companion, Angel Scuderi, of Ticonderoga, Matthew and his fiancée, Rebecca McKee, of Whitehall, Martin and his companion, Tammy Stevens, of Whitehall, Marcia Rocque-Coso of Whitehall, Marshall and his wife, Tara, of Ticonderoga and Megan Frandino and husband William of Kingston; his brother Gerard and wife Donna of Ferdonia; and his brother-in-law, Russell Nixon and wife Christine of Niagara Falls. He is also survived by beloved 17 grandchildren and three acquired grandchildren, Kyle, Jennifer and Jacqueline Rocque; Dylan Sellers; Blaire Rocque-Tilley (husband, Corey), Brooke and Emily Rocque; Cole and Kendra Rocque; Dyllan Winters; Madisen and Hunter Coso; Brody and Chloe Rocque; Gaetano, Esabella, and Rocco Frandino; also Hayden Scuderi, Brielle Gregario, and Garrett Stevens; one great-grandchild, Zuri Joyce Rocque; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and his former daughters-in-law, Cathy, Regina and Joyce.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Tuesday, July 6, at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall, with the Rev. Michael Flannery, pastor, officiating.
A committal service was conducted following the Mass at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Post 83 of Whitehall.
Calling hours were held Monday at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall, where the B. P. O. E., Lodge 1491 conducted a Lodge of Sorrow and American Legion, Post 83 of Whitehall conducted a wake service. Following the committal, family and friends gathered for a time of fellowship and refreshments at the B. P. O. E, Lodge 1491.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all his good friends and neighbors who kept him in their thoughts and prayers over the years and who sent hundreds of get well cards and were there constantly to help the family whenever needed.
Additionally, the family would like to thank the Castleton Medical Center and its staff for the many years of care that they afforded Doug and his family. Lastly, special thank you to our local nurses from RRMC for all their comfort, care, help and suggestions they gave to Doug and his family the last few months of his life.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please extend an expression of sympathy in the form of a donation in his memory to Our Lady of Hope Church, 9 Wheeler Ave., Whitehall, N.Y. 12887 or contributions to the local Food Pantry or a charity of one’s choice.

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