Ciro  Rocco
Ciro Rocco

April 10, 1921 - May 5, 2018
Born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Resided in Buffalo, New York
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ROCCO - Ciro
May 5, 2018, age 97, beloved husband of 69 years to Angela (nee Aurilio) Rocco; devoted father of Hon. Michael (Marilyn) Rocco, Josephine (late Richard) Rodenhaus, Grace (Charles) Parisi and Salvatore (June) Rocco; loving grandfather of Michaelangelo (Patty) Rocco, Erica Rocco, Mark Rocco, Melissa (Steve) Paone, Richard (Andrea) Rodenhaus, Shannon (Michael) Smith, Paul Parisi, Christina (Don) Corrieri and Alia (Elias) Gonzalez; great-grandfather of Jourdon, Gabriella, Elliot, Gabriel, Jack, Alina, Nico, Giovanni, Ferris, Ava and Lana; dear brother of Phillip, Frank Rocco and the late Anthony, Domenic, Joseph, Maria and Melina; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends on Friday from 4-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (at Parker Blvd.) where prayers will be offered on Saturday at 10:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Mark Church, 401 Woodward Ave., Buffalo. Entombment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Share condolences at
Buffalo News Obituary Version
April 10, 1921 - May 5, 2018

The first time Ciro Rocco came to the U.S., he was a prisoner of war.

A truck driver in the Italian Army in North Africa during World War II, he was captured by the British during the Siege of Tobruk, Libya, in 1941. He was among the Italian soldiers who were turned over to American forces and brought to the U.S. for the duration of the war.

“He said that was the best thing that could have happened to him,” his son, Michael, said. “He was at various camps in the U.S. He picked cotton in Arkansas. He cut trees down in Nebraska. He was treated very well. The food was good and he was paid for the work he did.”

When the war ended, he was repatriated to Italy. He brought his young family back to this country in 1956 to join his wife’s relatives in Buffalo.

Mr. Rocco died last Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 97.

Born in Palermo, Sicily, he was the oldest of eight children. After the war, he returned to Palermo and worked as a produce broker. He and Angela Aurilio, a seamstress, were married there in 1949.

In Buffalo, his wife’s relatives operated a small grocery store on the West Side and introduced Mr. Rocco to their suppliers at the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal.

He went to work there as a truck driver for Niagara Frontier Produce Co. and became a member of Teamsters Local 449. He retired in 1986.

A North Buffalo resident, he was a member St. Mark’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid vegetable and flower gardener.

Survivors include another son, Salvatore; two daughters, Josephine Rodenhaus and Grace Parisi; two brothers, Phillip and Frank; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 401 Woodward Ave.




Tonawanda Chapel
2600 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY US 14150
Friday, May 11, 2018
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St. Mark's Church
401 Woodward Avenue
Buffalo, NY US 14214
Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Mt. Olivet Cemetery
4000 Elmwood Ave.
Kenmore, NY US 14217
Saturday, May 12, 2018