George Frederick Stocker, formerly of Marblehead, peacefully passed away on Sept. 27, 2022, at Heatherwood Kings Way in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. He was born in Lynn in 1918. In his younger years, he resided in Brockton then moved to Marblehead, where he met and married Nathalie. Together they raised a family and lived in Marblehead for over 45 years before retiring to Osterville and then moving to Heatherwood at Kings Way Yarmouth Port on Cape Cod.
At the age of 3 months, his father died from an industrial accident. He grew up and was raised by his grandparents in Brockton. He graduated from Brockton High School and furthered his education at Wentworth Institute of Technology, graduating in 1940 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
During World War II and shortly after, Fred worked at both the MIT lab to develop a blind flying instrument system and at G.E. West Lynn developing solutions to manufacturing problems.
After World War II, Fred was employed at G.E. West Lynn, where Fred met Gordon Yale. Both left G.E. to become business partners. The origin of Stocker & Yale (work site- Fred’s basement!) producing optical measuring equipment. As the company grew, it moved to Green Street, Marblehead and finally to a modern industrial facility in Beverly.
Retiring was never a sedentary life for Fred. Fred was a member of both the Marblehead and Osterville Yacht Clubs. He loved his Cat Boat, kayaking, traveling, and belonged to the Cape Cod Ski Club, which he enjoyed as a young 90 year old. To his great pleasure at his 100th birthday party, he was presented with an honorary bachelor’s degree from his alma mater Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Nathalie (Corning) Stocker; his brother, Robert Stocker; and his son, Barry L. Stocker. He is survived by his children, William F. Stocker and Sharon Stocker Masters; along with two grandchildren, Melissa D. Hale and Christopher B. Masters, and three great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 from 10 a.m. to noon at Eustis & Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm St., where memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared as well as at eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com. Private interment will take place at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fred’s name to the Cape Cod VNA, who compassionately cared for Fred. The family is immensely grateful for the care they provided.