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Rockford Kabir Jalil

July 30, 1979May 20, 2020
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Rockford Kabir Jalil (40), cherished son, father, and friend was born in Montgomery, Alabama on July 30, 1979 and was called home on May 20, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Deborah Todd Jalil and daughter, Lilia Alexis.

He is survived by his father, Kabir; brother, Kaleb (Crystal); his children, Dakota Phoenix, Rockford Jr. and stepdaughter, Aiyana Martz. He was an integral and proud member of the University of South Florida, Public College of Health staff for over a decade. He leaves behind many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, co-workers and friends. Rocky was a passionate student of life, he was a video game designer, musician and also authored a book.

You could always find him with a smile on his face and eager to lend a hand to anyone in need. He will be greatly missed.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 25, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, May 25, 2020

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Dakota Jalil

May 19, 2021

Tomorrow is a year, i miss you and love you.

Aiyana Martz

January 6, 2021

Hey dad,
We miss you. Dakota and I discuss our favorite memories every day (there’s a lot, you were a goofball) . Rocky and I stay up late on FaceTime, or sending voice memos while we play Skyrim and teach each other new things. Ms Bella Rose tells me all the time that she saw her “Papa Rocks” in her dreams too. We’re all really trying to make you proud. We love and miss you daily. We’re so lucky to have someone who truly understood us as our father. We hope you’re proud and peaceful. 💖

Peggy Smith

January 6, 2021

2021 Already! I think of Rocky often. He was a good soul. I still have to stop and correct myself when sending an email about updates to our website at COPH. I miss his smile and his happy demeanor. He lives forever in my mind and my heart.

Alisson Jalil

January 3, 2021

Here we are starting the 1st year without you. I told our babies time flies and it certainly has. 2020 came for me a few times, I wasn’t certain I was going to make it into this year either after that last dance w/death, but I know God keeps throwing me back bc I have too much more to teach & guide our children. They think of you every day and I know you’re never far from them. So, you keep watching over Lilia & I’ll keep watching over Kotabear & Lil’ Rock(although not so little anymore-the boy has a mustache!!!) I hope that you are @ peace(but quit messing with the radio already)!💗💕💗~Ali

Dakota Jalil

June 6, 2020

I will never forget this photo, it was the very first picture I took on my phone. ❤️❤️❤️

Tara Greer

May 28, 2020

I am saddened to hear about Rocky. I know how much he loved his kids and my heart is sad for them. Prayers to his family.

April Buchannon Turner

May 26, 2020

To the Jalil Family, I am so very sorry to hear about Rocky. My high school years would not be the same without weekends spent playing music and video games in the Jalil basement. Rocky and Joey would always be there to make me laugh and brighten my day. I will always remember those days and regret we lost touch as adults. Love to all of you.

Kelly Freedman

May 26, 2020

My condolences and prayers to Rocky's family and especially his children who I know he adored. I worked with Rocky at USF and he was always so kind and helpful to everyone he interacted with and always greeted you with a big smile. He will be greatly missed. May his love and great memories always fill your heart.

Annette Cleveland

May 26, 2020

I remember Rocky as a high spirited teenager, hanging out with Joey. The two were always up to shenanigans and making us laugh! He was so loved and always welcome in our home. There is a special place in my heart for this beautiful young man, gone too soon. Kabir, my deepest condolences to you and your family.

Tanya Armstrong

May 25, 2020

Although I knew Rocky a short time at COPH, he always greeted with a smile and a willingness to help. My deepest sympathies to his family and many friends. He will be truly missed. RIP Rocky

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