Obituary for Rocco (Rocky) Parra
Rocky Parra died peacefully in his sleep at age 98 on Saturday May 13, 2017 at approximately 6:15 am and will be missed by those he left behind: a) Three surviving children - Frank (married to Rita) Mariann (married to Sal Nocera) and John (married to Brenda); b) Six surviving grandchildren - Anna, Jennifer (married to Mike Ursone), Monica, Joseph (married to Regina), Robert (married to Isabelle), and David; and c) Seven surviving great grandchildren - Matteo, Giada, Anthony, Andrea, Darius, Lucas , and Caden.
Rocky was born in the Bronx on April 6, 1919, and except for the last few months of his life was a lifelong Bronx resident. He met his late wife of more than70 years, Theresa Miele, in the hallways of 781 East 181 street. Rocky lived on the second floor and Theresa lived on the fourth floor. They were married on August 10, 1941. Rocky was a high school graduate and his work life began as a common laborer in one of the East Bronx sheet steel fabrication plants and he ended his career more than five decades later having been plant manager for several of these businesses that survived into modern times. His work and married life, like most men of his time, was interrupted by World War II. He was inducted into the US Army Air Force on November 12, 1942 and began his active service on December 2, 1942. In the military he participated in the invasion of Normandy and served in the Northern France and Germany campaigns. He received a European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with three bronze stars for this service to our Country. He received his honorable discharge on May 31, 1945, and was part of the World War II remembrance project.
Most of Rocky’s neighbors will remember him as a parishioner of St. Brenden’s Church and an active member and officer of the Mosholu Little League transferring his love of baseball to generations of Bronx Children. Rocky was also an active member of St. Brendan's senior group for many years under Sr. Catherine Naughton, OP, and a very good friend. Most recently, he was a member of the Sr. Annunciata Bethel Senior Center in the Bronx. He is also known for his ability to translate for his Spanish speaking friends as well as signing for one of the deaf seniors. Rocky was fluent in four spoken languages; English, Spanish, Italian and French, and had recently learned sign language.
Rocky’s internment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery next to Theresa. We will all morn Rocky in his passing, and will miss him until we meet again.