Rocco, Pasquale "Pat" ALBANY Pasquale "Pat" Rocco, 87, passed away peacefully at St. Peter's Hospital on Monday, February 24, 2014. Pat was born in Albany, the son of the late Joseph and Rose Costa Rocco. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Pat worked for Leto Construction, then entered the culinary field where he made his mark as an executive chef and baker. He was the executive chef for Gov. Hugh Carey and Gov. Mario Cuomo. Pat was accomplished in pastilliage (sugar sculptures). Pat went on to be a chef in Las Vegas where he cooked for celebrities and politicos. He was one of the first culinary instructors at the SCCC culinary program. He volunteered for the NAACP and received a lifetime achievement award from the American Heart Association, the award presented to him by Bishop Howard Hubbard. He was a member and worked for the Democratic Party in Albany and was also a member of the Polish American Club and the VFW. Survivors include his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary Ida Carbone Rocco; his devoted children, Joseph (Susan) Rocco of Albany, Patrick "Patsy" (Germaine) Rocco of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Deborah (Gary) Barnum of West End, N.C., Kristine (Jeffrey) Pease of Burnt Hills, Diana Rocco of Las Vegas, Eileen (James) Linnell of Albany, and Stephanie (Michael) Galietta of Topsham, Maine. Also survived by his brother Frank of Albany, as well as 10 grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren. Pat was predeceased by his siblings, Vincent, George, Marie, Elizabeth and Josephine as well as his granddaughter, Lisa Ann Raylinsky. Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014 from the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany and be followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at Christ Our Light Catholic Church, 1 Maria Drive, Loudonville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on the family at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Interment will take place in the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville. Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting glenvillefuneralhome.com.
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Published in Albany Times Union from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2014