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June 9, 1980 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 43) 43 Years Old
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Bryan was a fun-loving, adventurous young man of 43 years who would do most any dare for a dollar. He surfed, kayaked, fished and swam at any opportunity, especially when the weather turned things just a little bit risky. He enjoyed a little adrenaline kick from bonfires, fireworks, and punk rock mosh pits as well as friendly game nights and boisterous yard games. He loyally tuned in to Chelsea FC games each week, usually dozing off for a quality nap, but would open his eyes before any goal like he had ESP.
Bryan loved the farming community where he was born, raised and lived but his heart belonged to the ocean. Following graduation from Millville HS in 1999, he worked and surfed in OCMD where he developed lifelong friendships. He and his dog Dozer worked for Woolcock Oil Company for 15 years, then transitioned to Store Supervisor for Leighow Oil Company in 2012.
He married his soulmate, Betsy, on April 20, 2010. In 2015 they welcomed their son, Porter (8), and in 2018, their daughter, Stella (5). Porter and Stella have grown old enough to have lasting memories and cherished traditions with their Dad as a healthy, vibrant, loving father because of a double lung transplant he received on August 28, 2019. He relished these past 4 beautiful years with his family and friends, breathing easy, making memories and living life unencumbered by daily treatments. His life was heroic. Despite cystic fibrosis, double lung transplant and myriad complications, he never complained. He was steadfast, resilient and quite simply, extraordinary. On January 12, 2024, his last act on earth aided multiple families by the donation of his kidneys, liver, and tissues.
Bryan was born June 9, 1980 to Sandi Hock and Jim (Bonnie) Hock. His memory will be cherished by them as well as Betsy, Porter and Stella. He loved his brothers, honorary and blood: Kevin (Christy) Hock, Aaron Jumper, Nikk Wintersteen, Greg Thompson, Daniel Sevison, Jay Zeisloft, Matt Long, Rolfe Gudelsky, Eric Raski, Cody Buehler, and Jason Kehoe. He was beloved to his Aunt Jude (Boies), and sister-in-law Emily, as well as the many communities he was part of: his childhood neighbors and 4H clubs, field hockey, his various health care teams, his work, his hometown, and his lifelong friends. He will undoubtedly be missed by all who knew him.
In the spirit of his lighthearted humor and easygoing personality, a celebration is planned for June 2024 in Greenwood Valley.
Our family would like to thank the staff of GMC and UPMC for their excellent care and compassion for Bryan. Thanks as well to his honorary brothers and partners for their travel to Pittsburgh: the stories, love, laughter, and support you shared made the unbearable tolerable. Finally, big thanks to all who sent prayers, love and good juju out to Pittsburgh.
Family and friends may send online condolences to bunnellfuneralhome.com. The Bunnell Funeral Home Inc., Millville is handling arrangements.