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Raymond Ocock of Topsfield, died peacefully at Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers on Monday October 23rd. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine (Peg) Schlundt Ocock. He is survived by sons Brian Ocock of Danvers; Kevin Ocock of San Jose, Calif.; daughter, Alison Turpel and her husband, Jeffrey Turpel of Topsfield with whom he resided. He is also survived by his dear friend an companion, Margaret Whittier of Ipswich and grandchildren, Meagan Ocock, Jessica Ocock, Esther Aborn (Frederick), Ethan Ocock (Patricia), Samantha Ocock, Patrick Ocock, Claire Turpel, and Margaret Turpel, and sister, Elizabeth Becker.
Raymond was born in Cumberland, Md. and grew up in Somerset, Pa. attended college at Westminster College for undergraduate music. He received a master of sacred music from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He met and married Geraldine Schlundt in Evansville, Ind., with whom he celebrated 51 years of being together. Ray was a college professor of music for 35 years at Westminster College and a church organist of reputation in many churches. He also was the organist for the Chautauqua Institution and taught on the faculty of the Sessione Senese per la Musica e l'Arte in Siena, Italy for 13 years. In retirement he moved to Massachusetts to be near family and still kept busy doing church organ substitute jobs. He was also a rehearsal accompanist for the local choral group Lyricora. His organ playing was inspirational and passionate and he leaves many memories for many people of great church service events and will be sadly missed by family and many worshipers as well as students of his.
There will be no wake, but a memorial service will be celebrated on Friday, October 27th at Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich at 4 p.m.
Published on  October 24, 2017
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