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St. Ann Samaritan Fund
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Arlington, Virginia 22205
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Robert Vincent Hallock

10 February, 192624 July, 2021

Obituary for Robert Vincent Hallock

Our beloved father, Robert “Bob” Vincent Hallock passed away peacefully at his residence at Sunrise of Bluemont Park in Arlington, VA on July 23, 2021 in the company of his family. Bob was born February 10, 1926 in Rockford Illinois to Helen O’Connor Hallock and Steven Clifford Hallock and was the younger brother of John Hallock (Jack). Bob took great pride in being from Rockford and spoke fondly about the neighbors he grew up with, especially in his later years. It was in Rockford where he was first introduced to his lifelong love of gardening, swimming, and singing.

During World War II, Bob served in the Navy from 1944-46 as a seaman 1st class radioman and was initially stationed in Oran, Algiers. After returning from the war, Bob went to the University of Illinois-Champaign where he received his BA in History. His interest in studying the past led him to earn a Master of History from The Catholic University of America and do additional graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After graduate school Bob moved to New York City where he met the love of his life, Eleanor McNeil Hallock, through their mutual participation at St. Paul’s Church in Manhattan. They were married in 1961 and soon moved to Port Washington, Long Island where they raised their children, Robert and Hope. Bob and Eleanor built a beautiful life together until her passing in 1991.

Bob’s passion for history led him to pursue a career in education and he was an 8th grade social studies teacher for 30 years at Great Neck North Junior (later Middle) School in Great Neck, NY. He loved the arts and took every opportunity to include them in his teaching of US history. He also brought students on field trips to Philadelphia, his favorite city. Bob’s interest in the past included genealogy and he was a past president of the Hallock Family Association and a participant in the Hallock Family reunions at the Hallockville Farm and Museum in Riverhead, NY.

As a result of his interest in mental health, Bob joined Recovery Inc., a self-help group that used a CBT approach years before it became popular. He served as a group leader for the North Shore chapter for many years.

Bob’s faith was very central to his life and he was a long-time parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where he served as a eucharistic minister and took great joy in singing in the Spanish choir (coro). Later in life he belonged to St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Arlington, VA and was able to attend weekly masses through the outreach ministry program that came to his assisted living facility. Bob moved to Arlington, VA to be closer to his daughter Hope and her family in 2010. He was a longtime resident of Sunrise at Bluemont Park where he was known to serenade the staff with little prompting. “You Are My Sunshine” and “I Wonder Whose Kissing Her Now” were among his favorite requests. Bob is survived by his son, Robert V. Hallock of Seattle, WA; his daughter, Hope Hallock, MSW of Arlington, VA; his son-in-law, Chris Walz; and his two grandsons, Christopher Robert “CJ” and Owen Martin Walz; as well as a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to: St. Ann Samaritan Fund 5300 North 10th Street Arlington, Virginia 22205 (703) 528-6276


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Avis Hallock

27 July 2021

I exchanged many letters over the years with Uncle Bob keeping our families connected. Love to Hope and Rob.


27 July 2021

I am sorry to receive this news, yet happy knowing he was surrounded by a wonderful family and lived a fruitful life.

Speaking of fruitful. He was always very proud of his small garden of zucchinis. We would chat about the days events as he carefully watered them on warm summer afternoons.

I have many great recollections and fond memories of events and outings on Long Island and around the state. Many of which I recall regularly and make me smile.

I am sure Bob and Eleanor are right now catching up on all the latest news and events.

- Stephen & Veronica

Karen OKeeffe

26 July 2021

I remember visiting the Long Island cousins. There was always something fun to do and to the NJ cousins Uncle Bob & Tootsie were soo sophisticated. Loved seeing them dance together . And Bob always had some interesting history to share. Lovely person. All my love to Hope, Robert, Christopher, Owen & CJ.

Nancy O'Keeffe

26 July 2021

Uncle Bob was the best....he brought class and interest to our family. He always brought us the best books as gifts and so loved our Aunt Toots ( aka Eleanor). Bob would be so proud of the tribute you wrote about him. Just as he was so proud of both of you for the way you have worked to make the world a better place. Bob accomplished so much in his life and did it with such enthusiasm and joy.
I just know he and Toots are having a cocktail and getting ready to go out now that they are together.....and sending all their love and sympathy to Robert, Hope, Chris , CJ, and Owen. Treasure the memories.
Love and prayers to all of you.

Elaine Sands

26 July 2021

What a wonderful and full life he led. My sincerest condolences
to the family. I'm sure your many memories will
always be with you to fondly recall your dad and his
love for your mom and for you, his devoted children.
So sorry for your loss.
Elaine Sands

Evan Davies

26 July 2021

Wishing you, Hope and Rob, peace and love on the date of your father’s departure from this life.

He and your mom are together again in the light of the Lord.

Rich Sands

26 July 2021

This is a beautiful tribute to an incredible man who led a full and virtuous life.

Kind and loving with a sharp sense of humor, Bob was a revered member of the Port Washington community.

My condolences to Rob and Hope and the entire Hallock and Walz families.