Charles M. Sprock
Charles M. Sprock, 82, of Rome, passed away peacefully at his home on August 24, 2022, with his loving wife at his side. He was born on November 29, 1939, in Rome, the son of the late Daniel and Eva Wunder Sprock. Charlie was a graduate of St. Aloysius Academy Class of 1957, Utica College Class of 1961, and Brown University Masters of Banking Program Class of 1976. On June 23, 1962, he was united in marriage to Gretchen Hurley in a ceremony which took place in St. Peter’s Church of Rome. During his college years he began working at Rome Savings part-time as a summer intern file clerk in the mortgage department. He rose through the ranks holding a variety of positions. He enjoyed an illustrious career that spanned 51 years. When he retired in 2011, he was the bank’s CEO, President and Chairman of the Board. His retirement was short-lived. He joined the Rome Teacher’s Credit Union in 2014 and was appointed President. He served there for three years. When asked what he enjoyed most of his career he said, “working with customers, being able to help them purchase a home, start a business or just help where needed, and working with exceptional staff, not considered employees but FAMILY, was a gift.” He was member of St. Peter’s Church of Rome and the Rome Elks Lodge; he served as a Trustee Emeritus at Utica University. Charlie was a former member of the Rome Hospital Board of Trustees, a Board Director of the Institutional Investors Mutual Fund N.Y.C. and many other civic organizations. He also served on several boards of for-profit businesses. He was honored that his contributions to the Central New York Community were recognized with various awards over the years, the most recent being the 2021 Mohawk Valley Leading Edge Award for being a Business Leader, Community Steward and Regional Champion.
Charlie is survived by his wife Gretchen; two sons, Charles M. (Casey) Sprock Jr. and husband Donald Kuharevicz, Manlius, J.T. Sprock and wife Lori, Town of Lee; two cherished grandsons, Daniel and Connor Sprock; cousins, Edward and Debra Sprock, and their children Kyle and Kelsey; Bonnie and David Wilson, and their children Heather and Brad; sisters-in-law, Marguerite (Francis) Sanzone, Susan (Thomas) Tokaryk and Janet Hurley; brothers-in-law, Timothy Hurley, William (Debra) Hurley and Patrick (Michele) Hurley; special extended family members Julie and Fredrick Strzepek and their daughters, Samantha and Jessica. Charlie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, godchildren, and special friends. He was predeceased by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, John R., and Anna Mae Hurley; cousins, Edward and Marge Sprock Sr., and William Brown; brothers-in-law, Thomas Hurley, John R. Hurley Jr.; sisters-in-law, Lois Hurley, Kathleen Hurley.
The Sprock family wishes to thank the members of the Lake Delta Fire Department, Rome Fire Department and AmCare for their special service and support.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Delta Fire Dept. P.O. Box596, Rome N.Y. 13440, St. Peter’s Church Memorial Fund 200 North James Street Rome N.Y. or the Daniel Sprock Learning Center, 130 Brookley Road, Rome N.Y. 13441.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church of Rome. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Monday, August 29, 2022, from 3-6 p.m. at Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home, 7751 Merrick Road, Rome. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery.