Rocco passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday morning, May 24th at Bluewater Health. Rocco is survived by his loving wife, Palma, of 48 years, his daughter, Laura, and many nieces and nephews. Rocco is predeceased by his daughter Maria; his parents Pietrantonio and Maria of Italy; his brothers, Guiseppe (Filomena) of Brazil, Celestino (Liberata) of Italy, Orazio (Maria) of Sarnia; and his sister Rosalia (Giuseppe) Iafrate. Rocco immigrated to Sarnia, Canada in 1955. He worked as a labourer and was a member of the Local 1089. Rocco was a bricklayer, mason, and overall handyman. He was a member of the Pensioners Club of Sarnia and enjoyed playing bocce and cards at the Dante Club.
Family and friends will be received on Sunday, May 27th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, ON, with prayers being offered at 8:30 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Monday, May 28th at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. Entombment to follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Expression of sympathy may be made by donations to the Kidney Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/obits.php?id=2257