James
James Joseph Mock "Jim", age 53, was born April 17th, 1956. He died peacefully on July 14, 2009 surrounded by his family. Jim, a long time resident of El Segundo, was a deeply devoted husband, loving father and doting grandfather. Jim was born in Johnstown, PA and raised in Waynesboro, PA. With his two children he moved to California where in 1994 he settled in El Segundo, CA. Jim worked for Northrop Grumman and truly loved his job in Aerospace, a field that he worked in for over 25 years. His work ethic set the standard of excellence and a great example for those around him. It was there that he made many wonderful friends and built great bonds. He loved deep sea fishing, playing pool, Bluegrass Music, cartoons and candy. He loved to collect items such as coins and comics and he enjoyed anything Sci-Fi. He was an avid Steelers fan and loved to watch the games with his two grandsons in which he kept outfitted in Steelers apparel since their birth. In early 2006 Jim met the love of his life, Norma Mock. They were married by December of that year and enjoyed many wonderful memories in the short time that they had shared together. He loved to travel and eat good food. The holidays were his favorite time of year and always looked forward to family gatherings. But most of all, he just enjoyed being around those he loved. He approached life everyday with honesty and integrity and he battled cancer bravely. Jim loved life and fought long and hard for the ones he loved. Those are our special memories and life lessons he has given to his family. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Norma Mock of El Segundo, CA, daughters Holly Ambris of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Lindsey Mock of El Segundo, CA, Son-in-law, John Ambris of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Grandsons Jake and Austin Ambris of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Siblings, Tom Mock and Michael Mock of Waynesboro, PA and Susan Anderson of Stafford, VA. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Mary Mock and brother Robert Mock. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to plant a Memory Tree in El Segundo, the town he loved so much. Please send your donations to Holly Ambris, 32658 Nantasket Dr. #76, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. A Memorial Service will be held at White & Day Mortuary, 3215 Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 on Monday, July 20, 2009 at 11:00am. Please use this mortuary's website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. Norma & Family, please accept our deepest condoloncies, Jim will be very much missed by us. Jim was a colleague of mine for a number of years and it was a privilege to have been able to work with him. Dave & Judy

  2. It’s hard to explain how shaken we are. I have had the good fortune to have known and worked with Jim for many years. Jim was not only hard working and conscientious but also very thoughtful about those of us that he worked with. When resolving work issues, Jim was not one to take the easy path and do what ever was most expedient, he would insist on doing what was right inspite of the extra effort. Jim treated everyone well and with respect, regardless of their position at work. I miss Jim very much.

  3. My deepest condolences to Jim’s family. I had the privilage of working with Jim a number of years. He was smart, funny, hard working and an all around great person. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s family.

  4. Your family has suffered the loss of someone very special… …someone who will always have an important place in our memories – and in our hearts. With Our Condolences

  5. Jim was a GOOD Friend a Great Man and a wonderful father. I will miss him and I will always remember him, he was my pal. God will keep him by his side.

  6. Jim and worked together in Virginia on a company assignment. It was always a pleasure to know he would be coming into the area to have a familiar face to eat dinner and spend some time with. It was such a treat. We got to know each other well enough to say he was a good friend. He worked very hard in getting our supplier back on thier feet. I’m deeply saddened to hear of his passing and knowing that we are losing a friend that we could laugh, enjoy a beer with and talk about the daily things that go on in our lives. As everyone has said by now, He was just to young. to go. My heart goes out to all those who have had the pleasure of meeting such a nice person. My condolences to his familiy, his daughter Lindsey and all those he touch thier hearts. May God be with him and all of you as well.

  7. Jim and worked together in Virginia on a company assignment. It was always a pleasure to know he would be coming into the area to have a familiar face to eat dinner and spend some time with. It was such a treat. We got to know each other well enough to say he was a good friend. He worked very hard in getting our supplier back on thier feet. I’m deeply saddened to hear of his passing and knowing that we are losing a friend that we could laugh, enjoy a beer with and talk about the daily things that go on in our lives. As everyone has said by now, He was just to young. to go. My heart goes out to all those who have had the pleasure of meeting such a nice person. My condolences to his familiy, his daughter Lindsey and all those he touch thier hearts. May God be with him and all of you as well.

  8. I worked with Jim for many years and he will be missed not only professionally but personally as well. Our sympathies and condolences go out to his family and friends. Jim you will be missed.

  9. My sympathies and condolences go out to Jim’s family and friends. I”ve know Jim for many, many years. I’ve know Jim as my customer 14 yrs. ago and then as a co-worker. Couldn’t ask to work with a better person. Rest in peace my frined.

  10. I knew Jim for 25 years and in that time he was always respected by those he worked with and concidered to be top in the Tooling field. His knowledge and work ethic were second to none. We have lost a good bother and he will be missed.

  11. It was truly a pleasure knowing and working with Jim. His support, friendship and work ethic with be truly missed…….

  12. I and all of us at Sawyer Composite share in the sadness of Jim’s departure from this earth, but rejoice in the beginning of a his life, free of discomfort. His family now has one more angel looking over them. Jim gave us the opportunity to grow because he believed in the little company with big potential. Personally, he was kind and we always looked forward to his visits. Our condolences to his lovely, lovely family. He will be missed by Brad and myself and all those he touched.

  13. Jim will be dearly missed by all of his extended family here at Northrop as well as our Tooling Suppliers he supported throughout the country. He was our top field representative, nothing was beyond his ability, he always had the right answer, as well as a solution. Jim had all the core attributes and integrity each of us hope for, however few of us achieve. . That was Jim. I’ll always remember Jim talking about his daughters, grandkids, and his wife Norma, he loved them all dearly. He kept pictures of each of them in his work area, and they were the highlight of his life. . (and oh ya…those Pittsburg Steelers……..wow, now there was a fan. We can all learn a lot from the way Jim lived his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Norma and the Mock family. We miss him already.

  14. Holly & Lindsey. i know this isnt easy. but hes in better place and hes not suffring any longer. Miss you guys. I just wish i coud have gotten to see uncle jim more often. seems like just yesterday we were out there for hollys wedding. Uncle jim is going to be missed greatly. love you guys wish i could be there. keep in touch.

  15. My condolences to the entire family. Norma- Jim told me on more than one occasion that you were “the love of his life.” I am so sorry for your loss. I work for Louca Mold & Aerospace Machining. Jim and I developed a friendship working together as much as we did. He was truly a man of “honesty and itegrity.” He is truly missed. My heart aches for you, and my wife and I will continue to uphold you and your family in prayer.

  16. Dear Norma, Holly, Lindsey and the Mock Family…The best legacy we can leave in life is the positive influence we were for others. That’s what I feel when I think of Jim. What a wonderfully positive, caring and loveable person Jim always was with a very infectious laugh I’ll never forget. He was an inspiration the way he loved his family, enjoyed life and the way he treated people. I feel lucky to have worked with Jim and gotten to know him. He will be greatly missed

  17. We are very sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Jim was a great man to work with and will be missed by all.

  18. I would like to express my deepest condolences to Jim’s family. My name is Al Rossi and even though I only knew Jim for approximately 6 years I considered him a friend from the first time I meet him. Jim and I meet thru business when our companies starting doing business together. Occasionally Jim and I would have dinner together when he was in Detroit or I was in LA. It was coincidental that we were both diagnosed with cancer at about the same time. We then started talking more often about our treatments, hospital stays and surgeries. I know that Jim expressed to his family how much he loved them and I would also like you all to know that he also expressed to others how proud he was of his daughters and how much he loved all of you. He once told me of his wife Norma the he didn’t know what he would do without her and how much he loved her. Every time Jim and I talked about our cancer I came away feeling better about our situations and that was because of Jim’s positive attitude. I did not know him that long and we truly did not spend enough time together to be best of friends, but he is someone I will NEVER forget and will always to grateful for having known him. I gave Jim a gift of a (Pocket Cross) the last time he was here in Detroit. Just like the one I carry every day. On the back it reads: DO NOT BE AFRAID I AM ALWAYS WITH YOU. I hope it brings you all a bit of comfort in knowing that it is true God will always be with him. May god also be with you in your time of sorrow. Al Rossi

  19. Norma ,Holly, Lindsey & Siblings, Tom, Michael and Susan I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that nothing I can say will lessen the pain, My heart goes out to each and every one of you as I shed a tear for your loss. You funny, funny man. I can’t believe you are gone. I am so honored and proud to have been your friend. Jim was one of those ‘men among men’ whom our Creator blessed us with and then broke the mold. His handshake and his word were always honored. He is the only person I know that could ever be strong enough to fight through all he encountered. He was the person that I looked up to every time I thought life was rough .My friend a fighter of cancer, now struggles no more. There are no tears for his passing just the great memories of laughing together, sometimes until we cried. God has a hidden purpose that we cannot and need not understand, suffering is a test or a lesson, death leads our loved ones to a better place. Thank you for being you, I can only hope to have at least a fraction of your strength. You were an amazing man and I will never forget you! His daughters and grandkids were his proudest accomplishments, the new pictures and screen savers were always the first thing he would show me in the morning “Hey Look At This One” he would say with that big smile. Norma I truly am at a loss for words, you were his angel and your devotion was astounding. There is not enough that I can say to express my feelings about how much he loved you. He was one of the good ones. Rest in peace my friend.

  20. Dear Holly, Lindsey and Norma, It is with a very heavy heart that I send these heart felt condolences to you all at this time. Jim WAS truly a great guy and we will continue to remember him in our hearts just that way.

  21. Dear Holly, Lindsey and Norma, It is with a very heavy heart that I send these heart felt condolences to you all and your extended families and also the Mock family at this time. Jim WAS truly a great guy and we will continue to remember him in our hearts just that way.

  22. Holly and Lindsey- So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing! He truly was a good father to you girls and faithful husband to your Mother. I pray for your peace and comfort! Much Love, Nana

  23. I’m so sorry for your lose. Jim had a geat sense of humor and i could always joke around with him. He was a great person to work with and will truly be missed. God bless him and his entire family.

  24. You are always in our thoughts and hearts. What a beautiful obituary Holly and Lindsey wrote. I will always remember Jim’s sunny attitude and smile. Every time I see anything “Steelers” I will remember Jim.

  25. You are always in our thoughts and hearts. What a beautiful obituary Holly and Lindsey wrote. I will always remember Jim’s sunny attitude and smile. Every time I see anything “Steelers” I will remember Jim.

  26. Dear Norma, Lindsey, Holly, and Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband and father. I have had the opportunity to work with Jim for many years and I know him to be one of the hardest working guys we’ve had. He did his job with the utmost honesty and integrity. This however is overshadowed by his stature as man and for his love and respect for his family. I don’t think a workday went by that Jim didn’t praise his family and brag on the grandkids. I have been truly inspired by his strength and perseverance in his battle with cancer and have held him up as an example to people who struggled with much less adversity. It is an honor and a pleasure to have known Jim. I pray that the Holy Spirit will bring you comfort now and always. Mike Sheehan

  27. To the Mock and Ambris Families, We are so heartbroken for your loss. You are in our prayers. Love, Caren and David

  28. The heart remembers most what it has loved best. May all the wonderful memories of James comfort you and bring you peace.

  29. Norma & Family, Jim was more than a friend he was like a brother.He will be greatly missed.Norma you were his Angel who came into his life to take care of him and make his last days as comfortable as you possibly could for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.Jim Loved you very much.GO PENN STATE Love,The Morici’s

  30. Hi, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of Jim. I’m an old Pennsylvania neighbor of Jims. I knew his mother, sister, and brothers from my own childhood in Waynesboro’s Westend of town. Jim was always the bashful.shy one. Cute as a bug, and the apple of his mothers eye. Of course Mary loved all her children, but your youngest is with you long after the others go and he was a sweetie. I’ve lost track of he and Bob and had just reconnected with Bob right before he passed away. I know Mary will be waiting for Jim on the other side. It sounds like Jim found much happiness in Calf. and I’m so glad his last years were full of happy times. God Bless all of you as you go through these next few weeks. Love and Prayers Mary Ellen Sheffler Waynesboro, Pa.

  31. My deepest and most sincere condolences to Jim’s family. I met Jim approximately 18 years ago at Northrop and you have no idea how much he helped me and changed my life. I owe him so much and I will always be so thankful to him. When I was laid off from Northrop 13 years ago he helped me get the job I have now. Jim was a caring, loving, and fun person to have around. He was truly a great friend. I will miss him so much. Last time I spoke to him he was very happy because he was going to go visit his grandkids. I feel very fortunate and very honored to have known Jim…

  32. James was a very nice gentelman. I enjoyed having him over for my cousins 15th birthday party and watching the Laker game with him. He was a kind hearted person. He will be missed.

  33. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. I worked with Jim at Northrop Grumman and he was highly respected and liked. He will be missed. Ron Harrison

  34. Dear Holly, Lindsey, and Norma WOW, What a man, What a husband, What a Dad, What a Grandfather, What a worker, What a friend, What a example. Girls, you are a testament to what a father he was. He was a truly a loving man. When I was young and just starting my driving, my first car bit the dust. I didn’t have any money as a kid. Jim was dating my sister. He had this Dodge Monoco. He knew I didn’t have much and traded me a CAR for a small set of stereo speakers. Truly a selfless man even early on. Jim wasn’t partial with his generous heart. I have been blessed to have known him. Norma, even though I’ve never met you. Having such a good man in your life says it all. I’m glad he found happiness. It really sounds like he was very content with his life and wonderful family. WOW, What a tremendous loss. God bless him Love all of you Uncle David

  35. The Ambris Family,Lindsey,Norma & the Mock Family With our deepest sympathy to all of you.With so many thoughts and memories that we will always cherish. What a pleasure it was for us to have had so many good times with Jim. The birthday parties,the engagement party and the wedding but, then the birth of the boys! We were always there together.We remember when we were in San Francisco,Jim drove while Lindsey operated a hand held GPA system to find there way around town…well have to give them credit,they did not get lost….WOW! Mr.Happy go lucky,that’s how we saw him. That smile was infectious!!We are going to miss you Jim although we know you are in better place and at peace. You have a bigger job now to watch over your loved ones from above,to guide and protect them forever. Peace be with you.May God Bless Jim amd his family, give strength to those whom he has left behind. Remember that Jim would like to see you smile!

  36. Norma, Holly, Lindsey, & family, Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of a great husband, father, grandfather, and human being. Jim was truly an inspiration and a person for all to emulate on how to live life to its fullest. Unfortunately, God sought to cut his journey short to fulfill other heavenly needs. Jim will always be with us in our thoughts and in our memories and he will always live in our hearts.

  37. To all of Jim’s family & friends, I had the luck of growing up with Jim in Waynesboro. We went to Jr. & Sr. high school together. Jim & I lived in a trailor at Bingaman”s Trailor Court for a while after high school. I was very sad to read the old home town paper this week and to see Jim’s name in the obituary. I work in the Aerospace field also and still have two pictures of Jim & I in the top of my toolbox at a local quarry doing some scubadiving. Those pictures will stay with me forever as will the memories that I have of him. Jim is the best friend I have ever had. I have often told stories of some of the times we had in our younger days, in fact just this week. To anyone who has had the pleasure of knowing Jim I send my condolences but also know we are lucky just to have had him be any part of our lives.

  38. Norma,Lindsey,Holly & family, I can’t even imagine the loss you are feeling for such a wonderful husband and dad. Jim & I started working in tooling about the same time & instantly we formed a frienship I will never forget. He was the best! He loved his job & did it so well..I would laugh when he gave someone hell for not doing their job…& we both became grandparents at the same time in which we shared stories daily! He definitely loved his family! When he was diagnosed with cancer he went to Centinella Hospital for treatment where my daughter works. I had her introduce herself & she would see he from time to time, & all she could say was “what a nice guy! As time went on she told me he was such a fighter & couldn’t believe how well he did…but I knew it was because he had met his love & angel, Norma..who took such care of him. I will truely miss him so much, but always remember our hugs & laughs we all shared with him. Jim, you are such an inspiration and no matter how much you suffered, you always had that smile & laugh! I miss you! Love, Gwen

  39. Holly, I was very upset to learn about the loss of your dad. I did not have the opportunity to meet him, but after reading the messages from family & friends it is obvious he was a loving, caring, wonderful father and friend.

  40. Holly, Lindsey and family, I’ve been thinking about you guys a lot and know that you have been through so much. I’m so sorry that you have to go through this. I know that you will miss your dad forever. Just cherish the wonderful relationship you shared with him. He was a great man and touched many people. I’m sorry I can’t be there tomorrow. Please know I’ll be thinking about you. love, Erika (Mock) Flynn

  41. Holly and Lindsey, I am so sorry for your loss. I am also very sorry I can’t be there with you tomorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love ya, Heather

  42. Jim was my customer for the last five years. I enjoyed my time with him especially when he visited our company in Ohio. We always went out for a nice dinner, where he spent 95% of his time talking about his wife, grandkids and the Steelers. He will be missed at Prospect Mold

  43. Norma, Lindsey, Holly and Family, I wish to pass on to you that many share your loss, he was a man among men. Jimmy touched many and those that knew him will never forget him. I lost a friend and as we go thru life, we know just a few. From my family to yours with our deepest sympathy. Bob and Diane Delgado.

  44. John, Holly and Family: You are all in our hearts and prayers and we are sorry we cannot be there with you today. Treasure the memories, Holly and always remember your Dad is watching over you. We send our love and deepest condolences. Love, Aunt Caroline, Uncle Al and Carianne

  45. Norma, Lindsey, Holly and Family: We are truly sorry for your loss. Uncle Jim was an incredible person. He always knew how to make me laugh. I will miss him tremendously. I am sorry that I was unable to be there for the service, but know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Jim will be missed but not forgotten. Love, Samantha & Robert

  46. Thank you for sharing such a touching memorial to your Dad. May he rest in peace and live in your hearts forever. Sincerely, The Lugos

  47. Memories from long ago, but every one of them I have always and will always treasure!! Staying the summers with you, going fishing…I love you.

  48. Sorry for your lost.We have been friends of all the Mocks,since their move from Johnstown 50 Yrs.ago.Jim was a very nice young man& could be very funny.We will always remember him w/fondness.

  49. I had no idea that Jimmy had passed. I knew him a long time ago. We worked together. (We used to date) and for some reason, his name came up in one of my searches. I have to say that I am still in shock. He was sweet and wonderful guy and I will never forget him.

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