Rocco J. Galletta, my grandfather is responsible for a lot of peoples existence and happiness. He came, he saw and he conquered in everything he did whether it be WW2, coming to the US, or starting his own restaurants. The odds were never in his favor, but he fought his way through it and came out on top. I see that same fight and tenacity in us, the family he created, in many different ways, Galletta's don't give up. I believe my grandfather was happy and more than satisfied with his life and what he had created. Always smiling, laughing and joking around, he loved to impart words of wisdom to his grand children, I still remember advice he gave me when I was 7 or 8 years old. He passed on the skills he knew to help us survive, I was the only 10 year old I knew who could throw a cast net, and clean a mullet. I still remember one night my father Rocco Jr., my grandfather Rocco Sr., and myself on Gus' dock throwing cast nets for several hours until the sun had gone down, catching fish the whole time. Grandpa chose to move his family to the coast of Florida for a reason, well two reasons actually, according to my grandmother. One thing was he liked being close to a military base, Patrick Air Force Base, and second was because when he first came down to Florida and saw all the people catching fish he decided it was the place to be, food would always be just a cast away. I am eternally grateful for all the decisions he made that impacted us all whether we realize it or not. From fighting in the European campaign in WW2 and receiving a bronze star and purple heart to deciding to move to Florida, all his decisions in life are what led to the rest of us being. He was a great man, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, fisherman, and Sargent. I miss him everyday, and I will keep him alive through memories and stories (which he had a lot of), and passing on what he taught me to the next generation.
RIP Grandpa, you were one of a kind.
Mr. Galletta was a fine man and a gentleman. He was a great influence for me, as my father was always absent and I did not have a "father figure." I don't know where I would be today, but I am definitely far removed from who and what I was. I will never forget coming over for tea with Mrs. Galletta and the advice from Mr. Galletta. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Galletta family.
Our deepest condolences to the entire Galletta Family. May Rocco's memory be a blessing to you all. Sincerely, Gretchen Kennedy- Band of Parents
So many fond memories of time spent with my grandfather it's hard to know where to start. We went fishing, walks on Kiwanis Island, to the beach, NCO club, a European vacation. We would dance and sing in the living room to his Italian records (which still work!), watch cartoons (Tom & Jerry was probably our favorite), Hee Haw, Gomer Pyle and Dukes of Haazard together. He taught me how to play bocce and casino.
He took his job as guardian and protector of his family very seriously and boy did he have some stories about protection! I learned so much from him. He taught me the only way to succeed was hard work, period. No welfare, no handouts, just hard work. Quite a concept but it was the foundation of his survival throughout his life. As a shepard in the mountains of Italy, as an immigrant picking up side jobs here and there, volunteering in ccc camps, serving as a war hero in WW2, a successful business owner and then he continued his hardwork even in retirement taking care of his home and mentoring other business owners and above all else taking care of his family. To say he led a full life would be an understatement.
I am so thankful for the many years I've spent learning, laughing and growing up around him. I feel blessed to have had so much time with him. Even as his mind faded with the progression of his Alzheimer's, we would still have the occasional moment of recognition and that moment would invoke a flood of happy memories. We will carry those memories with us forever. No longer a guardian in the flesh but now our guardian in heaven. And dont worry I'll 'be careful, wear my seatbelt and watch out for the other guy'. I love you Grandpa, see you soon!
Thanks to this young man who came from across the world to liberate France,and I was born. Unfortunately life has separated us, but I had a few years ago the immense joy to find him, but the disease had taken much of his memories. At the same time I discovered a wonderful family, Josefa, Rocky, Fran, Alex, Jen, Frank, Maria, Frankie, Alina, Gino, Jenny, Angela, Dave, Sean, Ryan, and many cousins??, aunts and uncles I have to discover what a great man my father was, and how Love has guided his life. I am happy to pass on to my children and my grandchildren the values ??of this Hero who was our father ...