Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

John Woods Bock[1]

Male 1873 - 1978  (104 years)


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  • Name John Woods Bock 
    Born 21 May 1873  Carlsruhe, Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Church Membership Bethany Mennonite Church, Lancaster St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1978  11 Centre St., Elmira, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Eby ID Number 00012-1140.5 
    Died 20 Apr 1978  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Buried Memory Gardens Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I16015  Generations
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2019 

    Father Benjamin Bock,   b. 7 May 1830, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1911, Carnarvon Township, Manitoulin Island, Algoma District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Woods,   b. 4 Jun 1832, Edgefield, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1910, Providence, Manitoulin Island, Manitoulin District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 1850  [6
    Family ID F4273  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frances "Fannie" Elliott,   b. 24 Mar 1886, Carnarvon Township, Manitoulin Island, Algoma District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1966, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 15 May 1906  Carnarvon Township, Manitoulin Island, Algoma District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Ronald Bock
     2. Alvin Elliott Bock,   b. 10 May 1907, Spring Bay, Campbell Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1967, Blind River, Algoma District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     3. Janet Mildred "Mildred" Bock,   b. 15 Jun 1909, Spring Bay, Campbell Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 2005, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     4. John Carson "Carson" Bock,   b. 1910, Old Spring Bay, Manitoulin Island, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2015  (Age < 104 years)
     5. Mary Elizabth Blanche "Blanche" Bock,   b. 28 Apr 1911, Old Spring Bay, Manitoulin Island, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1987, Mindemoya, Mantioulin Island, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     6. Edith Margaret Bock,   b. 31 Jul 1913,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F15549  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • JOHN W. BOCK

      Passed away at his residence, 11 Centre St., Elmira, on Thursday, April 20, 1978, John W. Bock in his 105th year. A member of Bethany Missionary Church, Kitchener, he had lived on Manitoulin Island before coming to this area. Husband of the late Frances Elliott; father of Carson of Mississauga, Ronald of Elmira, Mrs. Nelson (Mildred) Lehman of Kitchener, Mrs. Bayward (Blanche) Buie of Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island and Mrs. Gordon (Edith) Eby of Cranbrook. B.C. He was predeceased by one son, Alvin. Also survived by 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Resting at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo until noon on Saturday; then to Bethany Missionary Church, Kitchener, for the funeral service at 3 p.m., Rev. Clarence Hunking officiating. Interment in Memory Gardens. Donations to the WMS of Bethany Missionary Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

      The Kitchener-Waterloo Record 22 Apr 1978

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      John Bock 103 Years Young!

      This grand old gentleman has just recently celebrated his 103rd birthday. His mind is still very alert and he can reminisce for hours about his past adventures in life. He spans the ages from the time of travel by oxen to the space age. Joh Bock was born in 1873 at Carlouh (sic) near Port Elgin and he moved up to Manitoulin Island at the age of 4 yrs returning to Kitchen (sic) in 1928.
      John Bock's 103rd birthday was honoured by his family and friends a few weeks ago with a get together in the afternoon followed by a buffet supper at the home of his daughter Mildred Lehman in Kitchener where he is presently staying. Two beautiful cakes were cut; one was in the shape of an open book with the words '103 years that is!' on it, and the other One Hundred and Three Years young. There were many visitors to call on Mr. Bock young and old and there was a span of nearly 103 years between the youngest great granddaughter Rebecca Klink 3 weeks old and John Bock. Amongst his many gifts and cards was a framed picture of his mother Mary Ann Woods and his father Benjamin Bock, notepaper, candy tree, embroidered cushion etc. Everyone was asked to sign the Guest Book which had been started on his 100th birthday.

      John Bock was the 9th child in the family. He had to work hard on the farm with his father but he was handy with his hands and as a child he made a little sleigh and hitched 2 barn cats up to it with an oxen style yoke. Mr. Bock lived with his parents after his marriage to Frances Elliot in 1906 near the present Stanley Park. He helped his father with the saw mill and he told me several interesting tales about his earlier days. He sold a young cow for $25 put $5 with it and bought his wife a sewing machine. She would spin wool and get someone else to weave cloth for their clothes. His wife also braided wheat straw to make hats and Mr. Bock would make leather mocassins for the children out of the backs of his mitts when they were worn out. They bought clothes and provisions from stores that were operated by the lumber mill.

      John and Frances Bock who died in 1967 after their 65th wedding anniversary had 6 children 5 of whom are still living and John Bock has 21 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Today John Bock lives with his daughter Mildred in Kitchener or his son Carson and family in Mississauga. He reads his bible, writes letters watches T.V. and goes for the occasional car ride. He enjoys company and is a remarkable elderly gentleman in better health now than a year ago!

      transcribed by Marilyn Irish

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      John Bock Celebrates 104th Birthday

      John Bock still enjoys visiting with his family and friends and reminiscing on his past life. He still remembers with great clarity events of 80 years ago and it is fascinating to listen to John Bock telling tales of the pioneer days.He now resides at Martin's rest home in Elmira and enjoys watching T.V. especially soap operas and church services. John Bock has two sons, three daughters (one of them being Blanche Buie of Providence Bay) 20 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. Mr. Bock had two birthday celebrations-one at he home of his son Ron in Elmira on Sunday before the actual date and the other on the day of his birthday at the home of his daughter Mildred in Kitchener. Many friends and relatives from all over Ontario have been calling to wish him well.

      It is fascinating to think that a century ago John Bock moved to the "new country" of Manitoulin Island, when he was 4 years old. His family lived in a log shanty near Stanley Park and then the following year built a log house the remains of which can still be seen beside the big old white house just west of Stanley Park. Apart from arthritis Mr. Bock is in good health and is a grand old gentleman at 104 years young.

      transcribed by Marilyn Irish

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      Bock, John Woods - one of the areas oldest residents passed away at the Martin's Rest Home in Elmira on Thursday, April 20, 1978 in his 105th year. Mr. Bock was born near Walkerton May 26, 1873 and when he was four the family of nine moved to what was then "new country" on Manitoulin Island. He farmed in the early part of his life on the farmed owned by Mrs. Harvey Tracy moving to the Kitchener area in 1929. In 1931 he was hired as a cartaker at the John Forsythe Co. Ltd. and remained there for 26 years until he retired at 83. He was a member of Bethany Missionary Church, Kitchener.

      Husband of the late Frances Elliott and dear father of Carson of Mississauga, Ronald of Elmira, Mrs. Nelson (Mildred) Lehman of Kitchener, Mrs. Bayward (Blanche) Buie of Providence Bay and Mrs. Gordon (Edith) Eby of Cranbrook, B.C. He was predeceased by on son Alvin of Galt also survived by 22 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Rested at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home 171 King St. S. Waterloo until noon on Saturday then to Bethany Missionary Church, Kitchener for the funeral service at 3 p.m. Pall bearers, Douglas & Bob Lehman, David Bock, Joe Buie, John Bock, Carson Bock, Rev. Clarence Hunking officiated. Interment in Memory Gardens.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 285.

    2. [S440] Census - ON, Algoma District - 1881, Algoma District Number: 44 Sub-District: Carnarvon Sub-District Number: H-3-1 Family Number: 9 Page: 2.

    3. [S292] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Memory Gardens CC#5464 Cemetery Internet Link.
      BOCK/ John W./ 1873 \endash 1978/ Frances/ 1886 \endash 1967

    4. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      John Bock Born: Bruce CO Age: 32 Father: Benjamin Bock Mother: Mary Ann Woods Bock Born: abt 1874 Spouse: Fannie Elliott Age: 20 born: Carnarvon Father: William Elliott Mother: Janet Caddel married 15 May 1906 Carnarvon

    5. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of John W. Bock - 22 Apr 1978.

    6. [S2639] aaaWilmot Township 1861, Sect. 1 Page 2.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 May 1873 - Carlsruhe, Bruce Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChurch Membership - - Bethany Mennonite Church, Lancaster St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 May 1906 - Carnarvon Township, Manitoulin Island, Algoma District, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1978 - 11 Centre St., Elmira, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Apr 1978 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Memory Gardens Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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