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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.

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    Monday, May 25, 2020

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    Monday, May 25, 2020

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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

Robert Novak

May 25, 2020

My sincere sympathies for the loss of a good friend who provide me with his expertise whenever I needed it. He help resolve a number of computer related problems. I wish the best and offer my prayers and sympathies for his two children who have lost their Father, a good man. Rest in peace Rocky.

Jill Roberts

May 25, 2020

Rocky was such an amazingly kind and cherished member of the College of Public Health family. We shared a love of gaming and I am proudly nerdy to say we honored his memory by taking down every Pokemon gym on campus and flying dragons in them in his memory. Rest in peace my friend. My deepest condolences to your family and friends. Love, Jill

Anna Mayor

May 25, 2020

Rocky was the first person I met at the USF College of Public and I will never forget how helpful and kind he was to me throughout the years. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and made me feel like a welcomed member of the team right from the beginning. From making website edits to helping coordinate the 35th Anniversary Talent Show (and also perform in it), Rocky was always happy to go the extra mile for his team. I’ll never forget how he always replied whenever I said thank you with a very warm “You’re welcome.” As the years progressed, he even got to know more about my family and also became close with my husband Manny. They would share text messages and in person discussions over Game of Thrones and video games. I’ll always remember his love for all things Halloween and his amazing costumes and love for helping to make the COPH’s Halloween Party a success. This is a devastating loss for the USF College of Public Health and Rocky will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories. Manny and I send our deepest condolences to his family.

Bonnie Smith

May 25, 2020

Rocky, I still have no word. The heartbreak is unreal. You were an amazing dad, you were amazing to my kids and to me. I did not deserve you. Your smile will never fade from my memory. You will always be my "Rock Star". ❤❤

Jason Rogers

May 25, 2020

To Kabir, Kaleb, Tameen, and all of the Jalil family. I'm deeply sorry for this loss. He was like a brother to me. All these years, he was always there. Always listening, always comforting, and always with that amazing smile. I told Rocky once that when I think back on my childhood, the best memories were those that were spent with him. Shooting fireworks with the Jalils , going on Lake Martin on your boat, taking karate, playing Nintendo, and many more. As we grew up, we still were friends and the realities adulthood didn't change that. Relationships, kids, career, life....He was there with no questions asked from the lowest points of my life to the moments of joy. I will never forget how he was sweating bullets when I dragged him on the glass floor at the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago! Jennifer thought the world of him and she was just as much in disbelief as I was. Rocky came to be in our wedding in Connecticut and once again we talked about our lives, growing up, and how we always had each other's backs. I will miss him. I already do. My entire family sends their deepest condolences. They all loved him so much as well.

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