Frederick Cock

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Daily Press
September 14, 1961

Veteran Virginia pilot dies at age 87

Capt. Frederick Daniel Cock, 87, of Chanticleer place, Hampton, died at 3 AM Wednesday in Dixie Hospital.

Capt. Cock was a retired Virginian pilot in the second oldest of the members of the Virginia pilot Association.

He was born at Ivy home on Armstrong point in what was then Elizabeth city County, the son of the late Daniel Feeks and Lucy Ann Devel Cock.

He was educated at Hampton Academy, friends Academy and served his apprenticeship with the Virginia pilot Association, obtaining his license in 1895(maybe 1885?). He retired after 64 years of service as a pilot in 1954.

Capt. Cock was a charter member of the Newport News Rotary club, a member of the Hampton yacht club, and was active in maritime affairs on the peninsula, having been instrumental in having the first lighted buoys placed in Newport News channel.

He first married the late Evelyn Balmer who died in 1948.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Louise Groome Landon Cock; daughter, Mrs. John d. Hardy; three grandchildren, Frederick Cock Hardy, John Davis Hardy Jr., and Evelyn Patrick Hardy, and a great-granddaughter Cheryl Lynn Hardy.

Funeral services will be held at 4 PM today in R. Hayden Smith funeral home with the Rev. Francis W. Hayes Jr. Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hampton, officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Captains G. Albin Massenburg, W. L. Hudgins, Luther J. Stallings Sr., A. Judson Hush, Nelson Smith and R. C. Francis. Other members of the Virginia pilot Association will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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