North Smithfield, RI ... Harold P. "Hookie" Hoekstra, 81, died Friday, December 2nd. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth (Magill) Hoekstra; a son, Stephen Hoekstra, and his wife, Silla, of Etna, ME; two daughters, Laurie Tetreault, and her husband, Joey, of Warren, MA, and Dee Recore, and her husband, Roy, of No. Smithfield; seven grandchildren, Jesse Hoekstra and his wife, Lauren, Sam Hoekstra, Jeremy Prendergast and his wife, Kelly, Joseph Prendergast, Lydia Nickerson, Nicole Recore, and Matt Recore; a great grandson, Caleb M. Prendergast; Paolo Roche, of Merida, Mexico, who was like a grandson; two brothers, Ronald Hoekstra, of Wier, NH, and Richard Hoekstra, in North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, John Hoekstra, and three sisters, Rena Lisak, Anna Mae Belleveau, and Marie Pettiford.
Mr. Hoekstra was born in Whitinsville, November 5, 1930, a son of Peter and Tina (Nyholt) Hoekstra, and lived there until moving to Uxbridge in 1989. He moved to No. Smithfield in 2003. He worked at Wyman- Gordon Co. in Grafton for 38 years, retiring as a foreman.
He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Whitinsville, and he served as an auxilliary policeman in Northbridge more than 30 years. He was a co-founder and past secretary of the Gung-Ho Club at Wyman Gordon, and he owned and drove a Mr. Softee ice cream truck throughout the Whitinsville area for several years. Known for his wonderful sense of humor and telling a joke, Mr. Hoekstra also enjoyed gardening, playing cribbage, and writing poetry and song lyrics.
Mr. Hoekstra's Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, December 6, in the United Presbyterian Church, Cottage Street, Whitinsville. Calling Hours will be 4-7 PM, Monday, December 5, in the Carr Funeral Home, 24 Hill Street, Whitinsville.
Memorial donations may be made to the No. Smithfield Animal Shelter, 281 Quaker Highway, No. Smithfield, RI, 01896, or to the No. Smithfield Fire Department, 675 St. Paul St., No. Smithfield, RI, 02896.
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