Rocco Agostino Sr. passed away at home with his family on March 11, 2023. Rocco was born to Inez and the late Elio Agostino in Paterson, New Jersey on March 22, 1972. Rocco was treasured by his mother Inez, children Christine, Rocco Jr., and Ian, and his grandchildren Zelda and Storm. He was also loved by his sister Virginia Fillare, late brother-in-law Robert Fillare, brother Elio Agostino, sister-in-law Cindy Agostino, late sister Inez Peia and brother-in-law Joseph Peia. His nephews Joseph Peia and Matthew Fillare will miss him greatly, along with his aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Since he was young Rocco was gifted with his hands and a sharp mind. He started working at AAMCO transmission at the age of 13 as a car mechanic. Eventually he met Janice Agostino who he went on to marry and have 3 children with, Christine, Rocco, and Ian. Shortly after Ian was born they split up and he became a single devoted father of 3.
Everyone knew Rocco could fix anything, as he helped his loved ones whenever they needed assistance with their cars or homes. He used these gifts in various jobs throughout his life as a mechanic, a maintenance director of an apartment complex, a building superintendent, maintenance director at nursing homes, maintenance director at hospitals. He did so many different jobs, at many different places and they all required helping people.
He also really enjoyed making people laugh, he liked to call people silly names and joke around. There was never a dull moment with Rocco. He could light up any room with his presence. He was sociable and could adapt to any environment which made him extraordinarily efficient at relating to people.
At the time of his passing Rocco proudly worked at the Home Depot, where he made lots of friends who he was happy to have in his life and he excelled at assisting customers and his co-workers with anything they needed.
During his life Rocco lived in both New Jersey and Florida, eventually returning home to Clifton where he spent his days devoted to his mother Inez and his late father Elio and all his children. He was happiest during the simple times, watching movies with his children, sitting at the kitchen table laughing with his mother, kids, and siblings, or out walking around his town.
He loved to stare at the sky and look at the moon and stars at night. He loved the ocean and could lay on the beach for hours and loved watching the sun set from the shore.
In his life Rocco's family and friends knew him above all as a man loyal to those he cared about. Even with his personal battles and demons his FAMILY as always #1 in his heart. He would do anything for his mother or his children. Everything Rocco did he did for his children and his mother.
Rocco was a one-of-a-kind man to all who were lucky enough to know him; he will be dearly missed by his memory will live on in all of us. The biggest gift we can give Rocco is to let him live on through us. Our love. Our memories. The joy he brought us. We should never stop speaking his name so he can live forever in our hearts.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 9 am - 11:30 am with "Remarks of Remembrance" at 11:30 am. Interment to follow immediately after at Crest Haven Cemetery, Clifton, NJ.