The funeral service for Bockis, a fixture in the D.C. punk rock music scene, took place Thursday. He was part of several influential bands — including Pentagram, the Obsessed, 9353 and the Factory — that spanned the heavy metal, glam rock and new wave genres. Bocker beat a 27-year heroin addiction only to pass away Sept. 1 of a blood clot after a routine surgery.
Sept. 13, 2012 Lisa Leisz, right, the wife of the late Vance Bockis, greets guests at the memorial service for Bockis at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home in Fairfax. Bockis was the lead singer and bass player of the seminal bands 9353, the Obsessed and the Factory. He had a 27-year-long battle with heroin addiction but emerged from it four years ago and married Leisz. Leisz ended the service by saying she was grateful to have had those four years with Bockis. “I helped him stay on the straight and narrow,” she said. “He helped me lighten up.”Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post