Kenneth W. Hocter

Died: 2019-11-13
Resided in: Middleton, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2019-11-21 :::: 4-7pm
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Kenneth was born on January 10, 1947, to William and Lorayne (Campbell) Hocter. He resided at the same residence his entire life. He attended Howe-Manning Grammar School and Masconomet Regional High School. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam. Ken was employed by MIT Bates Linear Accelerator in Middleton for close to fifty years and had recently retired. He could be seen riding his bike to work in all kinds of weather. He was somewhat of a homebody who especially enjoyed the company of his family. He was a very knowledgeable sports fan and spent his time watching games. Reading about many subjects was another pastime he enjoyed. He liked listening to music, especially bluegrass and attended many festivals in the past. Ken passed at home after a brief illness on November 13, 2019. He is survived by his sisters, Susan Kilroy of Middleton and Nancy Hocter and Partner George Berry of Middleton. His Nephews, Matthew Kilroy and his wife Kerstin of Danvers, Travis Kilroy of Middleton and his cherished great-niece Delilah Kilroy of Danvers. He was preceded by his parents and brother-in-law Paul Kilroy. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to a celebration of life visitation from 4pm - 7pm on Thursday evening in the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Rt. 114, Middleton. Donations in his name may be made to Operation Troop Support 16 Trinity St. Danvers, MA 01923. To leave a condolence, visit

To Nancy and family, please accept our sincere condolences during this difficult time. thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember, Kenny; keeping you all in our thoughts. Susan and Edward
Iím very sorry for your loss of Kenneth. For many years I would see him bike off to work in the morning and return home in the afternoon. God speed. Christine Picillo
So sorry for your loss.we will miss him
Kenny was my favorite playmate when we were very young - in the late 1940s and early 1950s - playing baseball in the front field at his house, and cowboys and Indians around the chicken coop in the back and up the street at grandmother Camilla Campbell's house. Cereal-box submarines in the kitchen sink, and boating with Uncle Frank in Marblehead - fishing and picnicking at Cat Island. I still remember the Hopalong Cassidy six-shooter cap gun Kenny gave me for my 8th birthday - I just couldn't wait to open this special present. We had such great fun! Godspeed, cousin Kenny, Godspeed...until we meet again... Cousin Kerry J.
Seeing Kenny around the MIT Bates Campus brought a smile to my face every time! Saying hello would instantly improve my day, but a drive-by wave from him on the lawn tractor was just a good. His kindness will be greatly missed.

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