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OBITUARY

John A. Rocchio

May 13, 1937July 14, 2020

John A. Rocchio, Sr., 83, of Johnston passed away peacefully on July 14, 2020 after a brief illness surrounded by family. Born in Capriati, Italy, he was the son of the late Antonio and Antonetta (Ferri) Rocchio and is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (DeFusco) Rocchio of 61 years.

He also leaves behind four children, John A. Rocchio, Jr. and his wife Diane, David M. Rocchio and his wife Laurie, Anthony M. Rocchio and Joseph J. Rocchio; three brothers, Santino, Frank and Cosmo Rocchio; a sister Anna Cenami; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He arrived from his native Italy in 1956 and in 1960 he founded what is now the John Rocchio Corporation. He served as President of the company until his retirement in 1994 but remained active and engaged until his passing. He took great pride in his Italian heritage but considered himself first and foremost, a loyal American citizen. He was a member of the Santa Maria Club, the St. Mary’s Feast Society and the Order Sons of Italy; East Greenwich Chapter.

He lived a full Christian life placing God and family above all else. He enjoyed many things including gardening, golf, travel and cooking but most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He greeted everyone with a warm and sincere smile which instantly put you at ease and made him comfortable and pleasant to be around.

He will be sadly missed by those who knew him.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM in St. Rocco Church, 927 Atwood Avenue, Johnston. Entombment to follow in St. Ann Cemetery. During Mass, social distancing, occupancy restrictions and masks will be observed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org/donate. For online condolences, please visit, www.romanofuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, July 18, 2020

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Joan Dipippo

July 23, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss, our sincerest condolences to the family ..

Joan DiPippo and Family.
Lincoln, RI

Rosemarie Giusti

July 23, 2020

Dear Barbara and Family, our deepest sympathy for your great loss. We will always remember the good times we spent in Florida, and the special dinners. Our love and prayers to each of you.

Rosemarie Giusti and Sal Loporchio

LUIGI REALI

July 19, 2020

John was a true man amongst men. Colorful, friendly and uniquely Italo-American he was a true friend. I will miss his infectious laughter and always remember his kindness. May he rest in peace.

Luigi Reali

RICHARD CECE

July 18, 2020

Dear Barbara and family, Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
MAY HE REST IN PEACE
Sincerely,
Richard and Nancy Cece

Dennis Revens

July 18, 2020

John I didn't know your father, but I of course know you, and so I know your dad must have been a wonderful man. Certainly from reading his obituary he was a man of dignity and character, and I'm sorry for your loss. May your family cherishes his memory and always reflect upon the wonderful times you had together. He will always live on in your heart.

The Cody Family

July 18, 2020

A pleasure to see and talk to whenever he stopped into the office, it was clear he was a wonderful man who loved the Rocchio Corp but loved his family above all else. It was great to golf with him, Nick and John III back in 2018…lots of laughs and John pushed through despite the intense heat - a testament to the hard worker that all characterize him as. I will certainly miss his white Ford rolling up on job sites with enormous amounts of delicious homemade food to hand over to John III and for sharing amongst the crew. We send our love and sincerest condolences to the Rocchio Family as you remember, celebrate and grieve.

Vinnie Pisaturo

July 17, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the Rocchio Family. John and I were friends for many years. We shared special times when we were young and just getting established in the United States. I will treasure those memories. He was a confident, hard-working man. He loved his family. He will be missed. God bless you all.

Jeff Butler

July 17, 2020

Great write-up
for a great man.
Our sincere condolences

Lou Porreca

July 17, 2020

Very saddened at this news of his passing! I always remember Johnny being a very dear friend to my father Luigi Porreca. I grew up seeing John all the time ...I would go play a few races with my dad & uncles.. Johnny always enjoyed a few good horse races he would always say "hey Louie who do you like"!!!...good good memories..always a gentleman, generous guy...even went to see my dad a few times in nursing home as my dad has had dementia a few years now.....Always a great family friend always enjoyed spending time with him and my dad & my uncles great memories..he will be missed indeed...Rest in peace John...may God Bless your soul...Ci Vedremo un'altra volta!!!

Lori and Ben Ricci

July 17, 2020

Nick - so very sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing. From reading his obituary he sounds like quite the man.
During these difficult times, there is a very fitting quote that was recently shared with our family... "What was once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose. For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us".
The Rocchio Family is in our prayers.

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Biography

John A. Rocchio, Sr., 83, of Johnston passed away peacefully on July 14, 2020 after a brief illness surrounded by family. Born in Capriati, Italy, he was the son of the late Antonio and Antonetta (Ferri) Rocchio and is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (DeFusco) Rocchio of 61 years.

He also leaves behind four children, John A. Rocchio, Jr. and his wife Diane, David M. Rocchio and his wife Laurie, Anthony M. Rocchio and Joseph J. Rocchio; three brothers, Santino, Frank and Cosmo Rocchio; a sister Anna Cenami; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He arrived from his native Italy in 1956 and in 1960 he founded what is now the John Rocchio Corporation. He served as President of the company until his retirement in 1994 but remained active and engaged until his passing. He took great pride in his Italian heritage but considered himself first and foremost, a loyal American citizen. He was a member of the Santa Maria Club, the St. Mary’s Feast Society and the Order Sons of Italy; East Greenwich Chapter.

He lived a full Christian life placing God and family above all else. He enjoyed many things including gardening, golf, travel and cooking but most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He greeted everyone with a warm and sincere smile which instantly put you at ease and made him comfortable and pleasant to be around.

He will be sadly missed by those who knew him.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM in St. Rocco Church, 927 Atwood Avenue, Johnston. Entombment to follow in St. Ann Cemetery. During Mass, social distancing, occupancy restrictions and masks will be observed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org/donate. For online condolences, please visit, www.romanofuneralhome.com.