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Obituary: Thomas John Rock, 1939-2015, Burlington 

Published January 5, 2015 at 4:00 a.m.

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Thomas John Rock youngest of thirteen children went to be with the Lord on January 1, 2015. Tom was born on July 8, 1939 the son of Arthur J. Sr, and Nancy (Davis) Rock in Burlington, VT. He attended grade school in Burlington and high school in NY where he enjoyed four years of Seminary Life. He returned to Burlington and worked at IBM until his retirement. In 1981 he married Rita Barrows.

Tom and Rita loved traveling the country, especially summer camping trips with their large family, but they were always happy to return home to Vermont. Tom was a quiet and humble man who enjoyed a good laugh and loved to make people laugh.

Tom is survived by his wife Rita Barrows Rock, stepsons and wives Andy (Lee Ann), Brad (Mary), and Clay (Linda) Barrows, siblings Sr Janet Rock, Carmelita (Joe) Violette, Jim (Maris) Rock, and Pauline Rock Adams, extended family, and countless friends. “We will miss you Tommy.”

He was predeceased by siblings Fred, Theresa, Sr Monica Rock, Vernon, Nancy, Mary, Arthur, and Jean.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00AM Wednesday January 7 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Colchester, with burial to follow at New Mount Calvary Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to American Cancer Society or Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Arrangements are under the care and direction of LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

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