James E. Hudock

April 25, 1944March 17, 2020

James “Sunshine Jim” Edward Hudock, age 75, of Merritt Island, Florida passed away peacefully, with friends at his side, at home on March 17th, 2020. Those who knew him will remember his love of fishing, hosting riverside gatherings, English and Contra dancing and his enthusiastic spirit, even as he struggled with health challenges through the years.

He was born in Glendale, California and moved to Cocoa, Brevard County, Florida in 1957. After graduation from Cocoa High School in 1962, Jim completed course work at Brevard Community (Junior) College. His interest in Science, Math and Electronics opened doors to work on Digital Data Systems within the developing space industry for Saturn-Apollo Ground Support teams.

While serving in the Army from 1966 to 1968, Jim enjoyed his deployment to Alaska as part of the Early Warning System team during the Cold War. His experience with Microwave Radio Communications and Repair prepared him to be an ITT Electronic Technician, supporting the operation and maintenance of ground support instrumentation data for the Apollo Lunar and Skylab Missions at Kennedy Space Center. Sunshine Jim is pre-deceased by his father, Edward George Hudock, mother, Gloria Nadine (Masters) Hudock, and sister, Charlene Louis (Hudock) Norvell, and survived by his former wife, Wimkje “Willie” (Sijbranda) Hudock.

In memory of “Sunshine Jim”, donations may be made to the Country Dance & Song Society (CDSS) or a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life gathering will be planned for a later date.


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Wim Sijbranda

March 25, 2020

I was lucky to have been in contact with Jim lately on facebook. He also had finally entered the digital age. We exchanged some posts. I heard from him about an experience he had had with many colors: it turned out he had been in the colors of the rainbow, at the end of the rainbow, somewhere alongside a road in Fla. Except for the time that he was in Hoek van Holland, I only met him twice in Fla. In the last century I shared a sweat lodge with him and later (together with my sister Jo and Wil(lie)) I met him briefly on his estate. Together with the experiences from the time that I knew him in Hoek van Holland, I would like you to know that I always experienced Jim as a very nice and also special man. So rest in peace Big Brother Jim. Maybe we meet again at the end of the rainbow.

Catie Geist

March 24, 2020

Sunshine Jim was a gentle man and I always enjoyed talking to him and learning about his interesting life. I was happy to see him at the English Country Dances and at the Contra Dances when he was able to be there. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him and loved him.