Paul G. Hoctor

May 24, 2015

Paul G. Hoctor
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

PAUL G. HOCTOR – of Woburn, Sunday, May 24th. Beloved husband of the late Mary B. (Foley) Hoctor. Devoted father of Tom P., Daniel P., and Stephen C. Hoctor, all of Woburn, Kathleen H. Gregory and her husband Daniel of Wakefield, and the late Mary T. and Paul J. Hoctor. Dear brother of the late Alfred and Charles Hoctor. Cherished “Papa” of Mary-Ling Gregory, Paula-Yuan Gregory, Thomas W., Heather E., Amandee E., Patrick D., Marisa F., Olivia A., Elizabeth M., and Allison L. Hoctor. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, May 27th at 10:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11:30. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Paul’s memory to NuPath, 147 New Boston Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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OBITUARY:

Paul G. Hoctor passed away Sunday, May 24th at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford. The beloved husband of the late Mary B. (Foley) Hoctor, he was ninety-five years of age.

Born and raised in Roxbury, Paul was one of three sons of the late Thomas W. and Kathryn E. (Gore) Hoctor. He attended Boston English High School, graduating with the Class of 1937. Following graduation, Paul enlisted in the Army Air Corps, proudly serving his country in China, Burma, and India during World War II. Upon his return home, Paul began working as an upholsterer for Simmonds, where he remained until 1963. At that time, he began working full time for the United States Postal Service as a clerk, a job he remained at until his retirement in 1982.

Upon Paul’s return from the war, he attended a dance one evening, where he met the love of his life, Mary Foley. The two dated for three years before marrying in October of 1949. They settled on making their home in the Central Square section of Woburn. They brought six wonderful children into the world, to whom he was devoted. As a family they enjoyed packing up a big picnic and heading to the park to enjoy the sun and play some baseball. They also enjoyed many trips to the beaches on Cape Cod, and every summer they would pile into the car and head out to Pittsfield to visit family. As the family grew and grandchildren arrived, Paul was thrilled to take on the role of “Papa” to his ten beloved grandchildren.

In later years, when Paul and his wife could enjoy retirement, they enjoyed many trips to Canada and across the country together. He also became an active member at the Woburn YMCA, where he made many friends as you could always find him in the pool, swimming a mile and a half every day until he was eighty-five. Always a huge sports fan, Paul loved watching the Red Sox and cheering on his favorite team.

A true gentle man, Paul was always easy going, upbeat, and kind. A truly wonderful man, husband, father, and grandfather he touched the lives and hearts of many.

In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by his wife, Mary B. (Foley) Hoctor, his daughter, Mary T. Hoctor, his son, Paul J. Hoctor, and his brothers, Alfred and Charles Hoctor.

He is lovingly survived by his sons, Tom P., Daniel P., and Stephen C. Hoctor, all of Woburn; his daughter, Kathleen H. Gregory and her husband Daniel of Wakefield; and his grandchildren, Mary-Ling Gregory, Paula-Yuan Gregory, Thomas W., Heather E., Amandee E., Patrick D., Marisa F., Olivia A., Elizabeth M., and Allison L. Hoctor.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, May 27th at 10:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11:30. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Paul’s memory to NuPath, 147 New Boston Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Dear Kathy and Hoctor Family,
    I am so terribly sorry to learn about your Dad’s passing. Please know that I will keep you, your Family and your Dad in my prayers.
    Sending you peace, love and strength at this difficult time. Patty (Lucas) Padden

  2. a kind and loving friend.Will always remember those Saturday baseball games with you and your WWII buddies.God Bless and RIP

    Bob Taggart

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