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JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS

OBITUARIO

Rocco Liberato Cianfaglione

16 agosto , 195116 mayo , 2020

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Liberato (Rocco) Cianfaglione, who passed away peacefully on Saturday May 16, 2020, at the age of 68.

Born in Pratola Peligna, Italy in 1951, he was the son of the late Giovanni Cianfaglione and Concetta (Zavarella) Cianfaglione, and the son-in-law of the late Ezio Di Cesare.

Rocco is survived by his wife Diana (Di Cesare) Cianfaglione, his son Giovanni Cianfaglione, his daughter Concetta Cianfaglione, his brother Angelo Cianfaglione, his mother-in-law Clementina Presutti, his brother-in-law Emidio (Mariella) Di Cesare, sister-in-law Franca (Quirino) Taglieri, and his many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews in Canada, Italy and all over the world.

Rocco was known for his kind heart, his selflessness, his magnifying smile and was always prepared with a joke or two to share that would light up a room. His positive spirit, and the love and support of his family, helped him fight a long hard battle with Multiple Sclerosis for 38 years. He was considered influential by many through his two passions, education and athletics. Rocco graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, followed by a Bachelor of Education Degree from Saint Mary’s University in 1976. Rocco loved his profession of teaching, as well as his students who knew him as the legendary “Mr. C”. Rocco taught at numerous schools throughout his career, including: Atlantic Memorial Elementary School, Brookside Junior High School, Gorsebrook Junior High School, Oxford School, St. Agnes School, St. Andrews School, St. Catherine’s Elementary School, St. Patrick’s-Alexandra School, St. Patrick’s High School, Tantallon Junior High School, Westmount Elementary School, amongst many others. Rocco was a champion in growing youth soccer in Nova Scotia both at the club and provincial levels. Rocco encouraged and mentored others to get involved in the game. Last but not least, Rocco was a strong Saint Mary’s University Huskies supporter and a die-hard Montreal Canadiens fan, who never missed a game. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. He will be forever in our hearts.

A private viewing will be held for the family, and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

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Trevor Zinck

junio 8, 2020

The key to success in life is organization! Mr. C's first lesson when I entered his class in Tantallon Jr. High.

I was privileged to have learned many other great things from Mr. C as I also played soccer for him. A man of great passion and conviction, he loved his students and made a wonderful impact in all of our lives as we continued into our adult years.

My condolences to his family but I am certain you too will continue to be inspired by this Giant and Legend of a Man!

Marie Pettipas

mayo 29, 2020

Condolences to Diana, Connie, Johnny, Angelo and family. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Myles McCormick

mayo 27, 2020

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Rocco. At this difficult time , my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Suzanne Cirtwill

mayo 25, 2020

To the family of Mr. C...I was one of his students from Tantallon Junior High. I have fond memories of him teaching history which at the time to a 13 year old girl who was more interested in the boy sitting beside her seemed more like endless droning on about nothing important. My favourite memory was learning about John Cabot...or how he would tease me in many classes by calling him Giovonni Caboto. Today as I approach 51 so many years later, I have an interest in history, of those who came before us both suffering and surviving. I believe Mr. C had a hand in sparking that interest. To his family....I hope you can take comfort in the fact he has influenced many young minds for the better.

Laura Norkett Lui

mayo 25, 2020

Mr C was my Social Studies teacher in the 1980s at Tantallon Junior High School. He was able to command the attention of the toughest crowd, a class of hormonal teenagers, with his edgy humour and make us learn without us even noticing he'd done it. One of the great teachers I had that inspired me to become a teacher too. I just wish I was half as funny and quick witted!
Rest in peace Mr C.

Helen Monk

mayo 24, 2020

Mr. C was one of my favorite teachers at Tantallon Junior High. He was loved by many students. We were all very sad to hear of his passing. RIP Mr C

Bob Eisener

mayo 24, 2020

Have thought of you, my friend, many times since we met at SMU. I waited too long to get back in touch! Many good times on the soccer field back in the day with "little" Angelo never far away. God Bless your family! May he bring them comfort during the coming days, and I know you will be by His side in Heaven.

Rest in Peace, Rocco!


John Merrimen

mayo 23, 2020

I was very saddened to hear about Rocco's passing. We had some good times at Tantallon Junior High where Rocco was loved by both students and staff. His classroom was just down the hall from my class
and when I was having a bad day Rocco was always there with a smile and a funny story to cheer me up. He was one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of working with in my teaching career and
touched the lives of many in a great way. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Daniel Carver

mayo 23, 2020

My sincere condolences to Rocco's family.
Rocco was my soccer coach (Halifax Celtics) in the mid 1970's. He was an excellent coach - skilled, passionate, humorous and caring. He worked us hard and expected commitment. These values are so important to teach, as I learned later in life. Rocco was unforgettable - he stands prominently in my teenage memories. His teaching and example will live on in all those he had such powerful positive influence. It was an honour to know Rocco.

Tim Cranston

mayo 23, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. Rocco was my soccer coach at Halifax Celtics. He had tremendous passion and empathy for the game and his players. He taught us a lot on and off the pitch. He is one of the best coaches I have ever had in any sport any where. He will never be forgotten. RIP

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