Dr. John Roger Brooke Boocock
September 12, 1936 – April 15, 2010
John served the CPS with enthusiasm, skill and energy from 1980 to 2010. He will be long remembered for his dedicated service and for the encouragement he provided to others. John was a District Commander who, over the years, was very helpful to the Oiseau Rock Squadron. The following is a tribute to John written by his brother, David.
For several years CPS Officers throughout the Rideau District have enjoyed the benefits of the Roster design that was originally compiled by John and Freda Boocock. When John indicated that he would like to be relieved of his Roster duties because of illness, the job was passed to other members on the Bridge. It seems appropriate that this, and future issues of the Roster should formally recognize John’s dedication to CPS by renaming the current Rideau District Roster to the John R.B. Boocock, JN Officer Roster for Rideau District.
Many of us attending John’s funeral had but scant knowledge of the extent of his academic and professional accomplishments before hearing of them in the loving eulogy given by John’s only Brother, David Boocock on April 23rd at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Dunrobin, Ontario.
John was born on September 12, 1936 in Enderby, Leicestershire England. He grew up to attend Queen Mary College, London University to achieve his B.Sc in 1954 , 1st Class honours in Chemistry in 1957, and a PhD in Chemistry in 1960.
John and Freda married in 1960 and John started his career working on Post Doctoral Fellowships at the University of Illinois and the University of Tuscon from 1960 to 1962. In 1963 John and Freda moved to Canada where John worked as a Research Chemist for Dupont Canada at the Maitland Plant near Brockville. In 1976, he continued his career as a Research Chemist for Dupont Canada at the Kingston Research Centre until 1996 when he retired.
John and Freda are proud parents of two sons, Jonathan, born in 1963 and since married to Terri, and they have two sons and two daughters; Peter, born in 1965 and since married to Deanna and they have one daughter. John and Freda are proud grand parents of five grandchildren, Brooke, Nicole, Sarah, Jamie and Emily.
John joined Kingston Squadron in 1980 after successfully challenging the Boating Exam. He immediately became active in the Squadron and took the necessary courses, ultimately attaining the grade of “JN”. John was one of the original organizers of Kingston Squadron’s picnic at Whistler’s Bay, which remains to be one of the most popular events.
John made good use of all of his CPS training as he and Freda sailed their Grampian 26 sailboat, DOMINETTE, which he first kept moored at Collins Bay and later at the Kingston Olympic site.
John worked tirelessly for Kingston Power Squadron and was the recipient of the Vail trophy (outstanding achievement award) in 1986. He held numerous positions on the Bridge, including Administration and Executive Officer, and served as Squadron Commander for the years 1995 and 1996. John went on to serve on the Rideau District Bridge, first as Administration Officer 1998-2000, then as Executive Officer 2000-2002, and became District Commander for the years 2002-2004. Freda always accompanied John to District Meetings and during the time that he served as District Commander, she assisted with recording Minutes for all of these meetings.
Following his tenure on District, he became a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Port Hole. John earned his Life Membership in CPS in 2003.
In 1997 John and his wife, Freda, moved to Constance Bay (near Ottawa) but he continued to be a member of Kingston Squadron until 2007 when he transferred to Ottawa Squadron.
John’s interests were not limited to his participation in CPS activities, though that is how most of us knew him best. His span of interests encompassed gardening, genealogy, geology, music, machine shop construction, books and maps, astronomy, electronics and cross country skiing.
John expounded a wealth of knowledge, a sharp wit, and had an amazing sense of humour. He will be greatly missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him as a friend and fellow member of CPS.
Through the dedication of this and future issues of this document as The John R.B. Boocock, JN Officer Roster for Rideau District, may both John and Freda’s contributions to Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons be long remembered.