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George Berock, 82, a former city firefighter who previously lived on Rainbow Boulevard, died Thursday (Sept. 23, 1999) in St. Mary's Manor after a brief illness.

He was born in Joliet, Ill., and moved to Niagara Falls with his family when he was a child.

Berock enjoyed golfing, painting and bowling, and in the 1960s was a Boy Scout counselor.

He graduated from Niagara Falls High School and attended Niagara University for a year.

During World War II, Berock served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Randolph in the South Pacific.

He served in the Fire Department for 24 years, retiring in 1971 as a captain. He also had served as a civil defense director for Niagara Falls for a year and was a licensed real estate broker.

Berock was a member of the state Empire Rescue Association, St. Mary of the Cataract Catholic Church and the American Red Cross.

His first wife, the former Mollie Ambro, died in 1982.

Survivors include his second wife, the former Martha Granata; three daughters, Barbara Schaye of Marblehead, Mass., Bernadine Berock of Needham, Mass., and Bette Hyman of New York City; and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary of the Cataract Catholic Church, 259 Fourth St., following services at 9:30 in the M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.


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