Today marks the first anniversary of Rocco’s death. He passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at 10:20 pm.
There was so much happening with the wake and funeral last year that I never got a proper chance to post a follow up to his passing. I hope to do that now.
Rocco’s life was beautifully celebrated by a large group of friends and family that came to either the wake, mass, or burial service to honor his long life. It’s no wonder Rocco drew such a large crowd – he was a generous, kind soul, and a friend to many. His positive spirit was was absolutely contagious and he loved to talk about his World War II service with anyone that would lend an ear. The wake service was filled with those who lent ears throughout the years.
Rocco’s wake was held at Massapequa Funeral Home on Friday, August 31st. I’d also like to give a proper thanks to Anthony Preziosi, manager of the funeral home. He was incredible; he flawlessly organized and oversaw all the arrangements from top to bottom, effortlessly taking the burden off of Rocco’s family’s shoulders so that they could properly mourn. We were grateful for his professionalism and all of his hard work surrounding Rocco’s passing.
Rocco’s funeral and burial was at St. James Cemetery in Middle Village, NY on Saturday, September 1st. He received a full military funeral which included the playing of “Taps”, a rifle detail, a color guard, and uniformed service members who presented the burial flag to his son John. Rocco’s dear friend, Alain Dupuis of the Federation of French War Veterans, delivered a gorgeous and heartfelt eulogy titled “Adieu Mon Ami“. To this day, his eulogy still gives me goosebumps whenever I think about it. Rocco was lucky to have a friend like him.
Rocco shares a plot with his late wife of 53 years Monica, who passed away in 2002. The plot site is located in section 27, row C, grave number 86.
I visited the site this morning and brought with me some of the sand I transported home from Omaha Beach, which I sprinkled around his grave. I hope it brings him comfort, wherever he is.
We love you Rocco, not a day passes by where you are not missed. Hugs & kisses, always. xoxo