A service and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 17, 10am -2pm at the Eagles #477, 456 Litchfield St., Leominster, MA 01453.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beagle Freedom Project, an organization dear to his heart.
Stephen Charles Rocca, 71 years old, formerly of Leominster, died unexpectedly on August 27, with his wife by his side in his summer home in Little Lepreau, New Brunswick, Canada.
Stephen was born on April 9, 1951 in Leominster, son of the late Onofio and Angela (Piccolomini) Rocca.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lauren Nealley Rocca, his two beloved dogs, JJ (Just Joy), and LJ (Little Joy), his brother Kevin and wife Norma Rocca, his niece, Trisha and her husband Andrew Snowden, two great nephews, Ryan and Kamden Snowden, sisters in law Suzan Davis of Littleton, Betsy and her husband Thomas Smith of Grafton, nephew Jeffrey Mann and his partner Samantha Caley, and great niece Penelope Mann.
He is survived by many cousins, aunts and uncles.
Stephen graduated from Saint Bernard’s Central Catholic High School in 1969 and Mount Wachusett Community College in 1972, with an Associates Degree in Business.
He started working as an upholsterer at Selig Manufacturing until 1982 and then began work at Mechanics Furniture, also as an upholsterer. From there he worked various jobs from part owner of Sports Fanatics, Special Education Aide at Nashoba Regional High School, Owner/Operator of The Joy of Healing Center in Fitchburg, where he was a Reiki Master Practitioner and an Animal Communicator, as well as, Production Manager at The Fabric Place, Customer Service Manager at Customatic, and JAM Plastics.
He LOVED to watch and play sports. He also loved coaching youth sports. He loved helping animals and advocating for them. Stephen loved music and telling the story behind each song. He loved life and was not afraid to experience every joy it offered.
What he loved most in life was his wife Lauren, all of his dogs, wintering in Port Orange, FL, and summering in New Brunswick, Canada.