Robert Ray Pocklington

Published 6:37 pm Saturday, March 1, 2014

Robert “Bob” Ray Pocklington, 88, of Suffolk, passed away on Feb. 28, 2014.

A native of Algonac, Mich., he was the son of the late Harold Lee Pocklington and Clara Viola Lenzner. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a combat engineer. Bob was a financial consultant at New York Life Insurance Company, a member of the Chuckatuck Ruritan Club and past president of the Algonac Lions Club. He was an enthusiastic fisherman, painter and gardener, and he was very proud of his gorgeous daylilies. Bob enjoyed writing for his blog “Inside Suffolk.”

Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gertrud Sophie Horstmann Pocklington; daughters and sons-in-law, Leslie Peterfeso and Terry Peterfeso, Wendy Parker and Dr. John Parker, and Heidi Pocklington and Mitchell Scheffler; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, Herbert Pocklington.


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A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 4 p.m. at Parr Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends may join the family for visitation from 3 to 4 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (earmarked for: Suffolk Relay for Life). Condolences may be registered online at