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Pantalone, Jr. "Rocky"
Rocky, age 58 passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 19, 2013 surrounded by his loving wife, son and family. Rocky was born in Wilmington, DE on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1954 to the late Eugene "Gigi" Sr. and Marie E. (DeMasi) Pantalone. Because of Rocky's record weight of 11 lbs. and his father being a big boxing fan of Rocky Marciano he was given the nickname "Rocky", and that is the name he was always referred to as.
Rocky had a heart of gold, a contagious smile and would give you the shirt off his back; and if you didn't need the shirt, Rocky's wit, charm and lively sense of humor were always present regardless of whether you needed a laugh, a great memory, or a "Rock" to lean on in times of distress. As any of Rocky's life-long friends would attest, his generosity, loyalty and ready willingness to sacrifice his own needs and comfort for the benefit of others knew no bounds. Rocky was the living embodiment of someone who, no matter what the circumstances, really did possess a heart of gold. Rocky lettered in football and golf at Sallies and Wilmington High School and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1972. Rocky served in the US Navy from 1972-1975.
Rocky spent his career as a caddy at the Wilmington Country Club for 40 plus years; he caddied in 3 major ladies professional golf tournaments for Cindy Figg-Currier at DuPont Country Club McDonald's LPGA tournament in spring 1994, and went on tour that summer with Cindy for the Jamie Farr Classic and Youngstown Open in Ohio. Throughout Rocky's career at Wilmington Country Club he has caddied for several professional athletes such as Joe Theismann, Charles Barkley and Mike Schmidt just to name a few.
In addition to his parents, Rocky was preceded in death by his brother, Robert "Robby" Pantalone; and his grandparents, Barlami and Josephine (Nepa) Pantalone, and Salvatore and Ida (Edinger) DeMasi. He is survived by his loving wife, Laura Malvestuto-Pantalone; son Jason Pantalone and wife, Kerry Pantalone; and his precious grandchildren who he loved with all his heart, Molly and Joseph Pantalone. Also, his ever faithful and loving dog, Delila who was always by his side. He is also survived by his sister, Judith Carroll; his niece and nephew, Laura and Jay Hawthorne; his uncle, David DeMasi; aunts, Kathy Abbott, Carol Lowicki and Bernice Calloway and their spouses; as well as a host of cousins who have been by his side.
A special thanks to Heartland Hospice, especially to his nurse, Marquist, for the wonderful care given to Rocky.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Wednesday, October 23 from 6:00-8:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 9th and DuPont Streets, Wilmington on Thursday, October 24 at 11:00AM. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Wilmington Veterans Hospital, 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805 or Heartland Hospice, 256 Chapman Road, Suite 102, Newark, DE 19702.
To offer condolences, visit
Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2013