Paul C. Nocca (1932 - 2018)

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BRIDPORT - Paul Carl Nocca, 86, beloved husband of Margaret R. (Rother) Nocca, died Aug. 29, 2018, after a short battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.
He was born on April 22, 1932, in Somerville, Massachusetts, son of the late Gaetano and Rose Nocca, of Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Paul is survived by brothers Cosmo (and Nancy), Louis (and Pauline), and sister, Regina Norton. He leaves two sons by a previous marriage, David and Steven.
Paul graduated from Roslindale High School, Massachusetts, and served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea in the 1950s. He earned a BA in Business from Boston University where he was a member of Alpha Kappa Phi Fraternity.
In 1953, he and his brother, Cosmo, opened Nocca Studio of Photography in Roslindale. Later, Paul became the New England representative for General Products Albums and Hartcraft Photograph Frames & Finishing Products. He served and advised all professional photographers and was an honorary member of the six New England photographer's associations and received the National Award from the Professional Photographers of America for his special services to professional photography.
In the 1980s, he earned his private pilot's license and bought his own Beechcraft Cherokee plane. He was a member of the American Legion of Vergennes and the Bridport Seniors and Bridport Historical Society. He was a staunch supporter of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
In 2002, he moved to Vermont and married Margaret Read Rother, of Bridport, who survives him and held his hand as he left this life and the strife and pain of his illnesses.
Visiting hours will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Bridport, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m.
The family thanks his many friends for their support during the past months. We also thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Porter Hospital and UVM Medical Center for their kindness and excellent care during his short but intense final illness.
Donations in his name may be made to Addison Home Health and Hospice, Route 7 N, Middlebury, VT 05753; The Estuary, an Arch Hospice Room at Porter Hospital, Middlebury, VT 05753; The Salvation Army, 64 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401; The ; or The Bridport Historical Society, Bridport, Vermont.
Published in Rutland Herald on Sept. 4, 2018
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