James (Jim) Joseph Docker of Unity, N.H., passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., after a long and courageous battle with lymphoma and related complications. Born in May 1947, he was 64. He is survived by his loving wife, friend and companion of 25 years, Carol Neumann Howard Docker. He also leaves his children, Michael (Trisha), Kathryn and Thomas (Cara) Docker, all from Connecticut; step-children, Mark Howard of New Hampshire and Cristen Howard of South Carolina; and his brother, William Docker (Tom) of Massachusetts; and grandchildren, Travis Salois and Van, Sam, Shealyn and Chase Docker.
He was a native of New Britain, Conn. Prior to living in New Hampshire, the Dockers made their home in Cape Coral and Rochester, Vt.
Most recently, he was public information director at Senior Friendship Centers in Fort Myers. Previously he worked as press secretary to Sen. Lowell P. Weicker, and was the editor of the Norwich Bulletin. He attended Aquinas High School in New Britain, Conn., and received his BA degree from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.
James Joseph Docker
He was past-president of the Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral, where he and his wife volunteered their time at the Kiwanis Thrift Store. He loved volunteering his time with other members, volunteers and especially working with the children in Southwest Florida. The Dockers also volunteered their time at the Animal Refuge Center in North Fort Myers where Jim loved walking the dogs.
Mr. Docker loved spending time on Rebel Mountain in Rochester, Vt., with his wife and his cats and his dog, Buttercup. They were getting the property ready for their retirement years on their alpaca farm, Amber Moon Alpacas, when Tropical Storm Irene hit Rochester. In trying to save the garage from the flooding water, he contracted pneumonia.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Angelico's Lake House Restaurant at 81 North Main St., East Hampton, CT 06424, at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave,, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605, or online at www.LLS.org.