ALBANY – James A. “Jimmy” Rocco, 63, passed away peacefully with his beloved family by his side on Friday, January 2, 2015 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Jimmy was born in Albany, and lived here all his life. He was a graduate of Vincentian Institute, Class of 1969, and served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Jimmy’s life revolved around making music and entertaining, while working days for the Verizon phone company for 43 years and raising a wonderful family. He was a member of several well known area bands including the Chord-A-Roys, Apple Corps, Chazy Westport System, the Rocco Brothers, J. D. Rocco & Co., and Spare Parts. Jimmy also enjoyed singing in the choir of the First Presbyterian Church in Albany. His congeniality and good humor were contagious; those of us who knew Jimmy will mostly remember the good times, of which there were so many.
Jimmy is survived by his beloved wife Deborah Riley Rocco; his sons Lawrence Pape (Sherri) of Albany, and James J. Rocco (Kelly Vigne) of Arlington, VA; his father Frank A. Rocco of Albany; his brothers Joseph Rocco (Peggy) of Green Island, Frank Rocco, Jr. (Nancy) of Albany; his sister Carol Anne Fisher (George) of Mesquite, NV; his brother in law Paul Riley (Yvette) of Latham; his sister in law Patricia Riley Lawton (Thomas) of Guilderland Center; his three beautiful grandchildren Adriana & Nolan Pape, and James M. Rocco; and by many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Eileen Rocco.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 8:15, and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, Homestead St., Albany at 9:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Editha House, 336 East Willetta St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.