Captain James Bock passed away

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Captain James Bock, 75, passed away on April 1 surrounded by his loving family.  James was the devoted husband of Sharon (Fogus) Bock.

James was born on September 1, 1943 in Irvington, to the late Harold and Mary (Depre) Bock.  He grew up locally, graduating from Parsippany High School.  Upon graduation he began working for the Post Office and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves.  While balancing his postal duties and serving our nation in the Army Reserves, he began pursuing his career in law enforcement at the police academy.

He began his career as a patrolman and served on the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Force for 30 years, rising through the ranks to become Police Commissioner and appointed Director of Police.  James was fully devoted to his family and community, actively participating in so very many avenues.  He was a member of the Police Rescue and Recovery team, Police Explorers for children wishing to become police officers, D.A.R.E. educator, National Night Out, and even portrayed McGruff the Crime Dog on many occasions.

James loved to help and serve others, as evidenced by his years on the Police Force and commitment to the community.  He enjoyed organizing and participating in fundraisers for the township, charity events such as gifting Thanksgiving Turkeys for folks in need and remaining politically active.  He found joy traveling the world with his family, Mickey Mouse and all things Disney, but above all was his love of time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, and furbabies.

James is survived by his beloved wife Sharon (Fogus) Bock, son James Bock and wife Debbie of Sarasota, daughter Melissa Mound and husband Charles of New Jersey, daughter Tara Barrientos and husband Roberto of Venice.  He was Grandfather to Tyler, Jessica, and Justin, and brother of five.  He will be dearly missed.

In Lieu of Flowers, donations in Honor of James may be made to: Canine Castaways, In Memory of James Bock, P.O. Box 3295, Arcadia, FL 34265.