Arnold E. Hoak Jr., 66, owner of Hoak's Garage and Collision Shop until he retired in 1980, died Friday (Nov. 27, 1998) in his West Seneca home after a long illness. He would have celebrated his birthday Monday.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Seneca Vocational High School in 1949 and went to work for the business founded in 1908 at 149 E. Tupper St. as a livery stable by his grandfather, William Hoak.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War and returned to work in the the garage after his discharge.
The garage was moved to 267 Michigan Ave. in 1968 by his father, who retired in 1972 and turned the business over to him.
Hoak closed the garage in 1980 because of failing health.
He was an avid power boat operator and enjoyed motorcycling. He was a member of the Western New York Auto Body Guild.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Carol A. Kaufman; a daughter, Diane Fenski of Hamburg; a son, Timothy A. of Depew; his mother, Patricia of Cheektowaga; and 10 grandchildren.
Prayers will be said at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Kazmierczak Funeral Home, 3640 Clinton St., West Seneca, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 in Fourteen Holy Helpers Catholic Church, Indian Church Road at Union Road, West Seneca.
Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Williamsville.