Rocco (Rocky) Iannaci

Rocco (Rocky) Iannaci September 15, 1934 - November 6, 2013 BOZRAH - Rocky Iannaci was born September 15, 1934 in Norwalk. Soon after his family settled into the Norwich area, he attended school and started work at his first job, a shoe shine boy on the streets of Norwich. There, he mastered his social skills at a young age. He went on to play the trumpet and even had is own band "The Blue Notes". After high school he joined the army reserve where he learned his culinary skills. In his next adventure, he owned his own hamburger joint in downtown Norwich. If Rocky was busy, he would let people throw their own burger on the grill! While his hobby of boxing gave him a physical challenge, it was playing cards that gave him his mental challenge. Few who had the opportunity to play with him over the years had much of a chance of winning, but that never stop them. He taught them to play better and have fun at the same time. One man years ago was quoted as saying "I could not win against him but kept playing because it was so much fun". He found his profession in life in his late twenties. He started working as a laborer for a mason, learning the skill and excelling at his craft. Rocky continued working up until his illness. The footprints he leaves behind are all of his beautiful and unique stone works. These will live on for many years to come. Although Rocky had many talents and qualities, his most endearing attributes were his empathy for people, animals, and his love of spending time with family and friends. His sense of humor was a gift from God that everyone who knew him benefited from. Rocky lived his life never asking for recognition or reward for his good deeds, just respect. His rewards were that people enjoyed his company and that they walked away with a smile or offered him a simple thank you for being there for them when they needed help. Anyone whose life he was in knew they were very lucky to have him on their side, because he would be there through thick and most importantly thin. Rocky is survived by his wife Theresa Ann (Perkins) Iannaci, daughter Rena Barnowski and her husband Leon of Bozrah, daughter Lisa Truchsess and her husband Justin of Norwich, son Rocco Iannaci and partner David Ambrifi of Boston, son Michael Iannaci and his fiancé Rebecca Carpenter of Bozrah, stepson Peter Smith IV of Bozrah, grandchildren, Kellan Truchsess and Isabella Iannaci, siblings Mary Botchis and her husband William of Niantic and Virgolia (Rena) Cloutier of Norwich. He was predeceased by his father Michael Iannaci and mother Mary Angela (Paparelli) Iannaci, his sisters, Anna Vanase, Nancy Pieretti, Josephine Mang and Rose Hoagland, his brothers Samuel Formiglio, Harrison Formiglio and Joseph Formiglio, also his faithful four legged best friend Dutchess. Family and Friends are invited to attend a visitation on Sunday, November 9, 2013 from 5 to 8 P.M. at the Cummings-Gagne Funeral Home, 82 Cliff St. Norwich, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10 A.M. at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Norwich, CT. Please meet directly at church. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Joseph Cemetery in Norwich. Condolences may be share with the family at In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society169 Old Colchester Rd, Quaker Hill, CT 06375 or Beacon Hospice 12 Roosevelt Ave. Mystic, CT 06355

Funeral Home

Cummings-Gagne Funeral Home
82 Cliff Street Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 887-4285

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Nov. 8, 2013