Edward George Hoch Jr., departed this life on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at age 88. Born April 13, 1922, to Pauline and Edward G. Hoch Sr., raised in Jersey City, N.J.
He lived with his loving wife, Gladys, and family in Saddle River, N.J., for 53 years.
“Ted” graduated from Teaneck High School in June 1938, he joined the Navy as an enlisted sailor and was chosen from the ranks to attend the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He graduated on June 7, 1944.
He served his country during World War II and the Korean War.
Among the ships he served on were the USS Manley, USS Stack, USS Shannon and the USS Isherwood. He resigned his commission in 1958.
He married Gladys in 1957, and raised their combined family of six, then number seven was born. In 1976, Ted and Gladys bought a second home in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, Mass., where the couple had honeymooned. It is a place of remarkable beauty and peace that held a special place in Ted’s heart.
He was an engineer for New Jersey Bell until his retirement in 1987.
He served the community of the Borough of Saddle River on the Planning Board, as a Councilman, as Director of Recreation and Boy Scout Leader. He was also the Borough Police Commissioner in the 1960s and 1970s.
Predeceased by wife, Audrey Hoch (neeBlackledge), in 1956; and wife, Gladys A. Hoch (nee Bolinder, nee Watson) in 2003.
Survived by his beloved companion, Phyllis Dunning, of Cooperstown; the devoted father of David S. Watson and wife Diane of Las Vegas, Nev., Edward G. Hoch III and wife Barbara of Conyers, Ga., Robert R. Hoch and wife Janet of Clarksville, Md., Daniel B. Hoch and wife Jane of West Milford, N.J., daughters, Dianne W. Ballesty and husband Peter of Congers, Janette W. Tan and Dr. John of Montclair, N.J., and Dr. Marilyn H. Jones and husband Edward of West Milford, N.J.; and the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to, or a pet can be adopted from, the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Published on  October 21, 2010