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ROCHA, KYLE C., 24, of Shelldrake Rd., passed away on Sunday. He was the son of Sandra (Cannity) Rocha and the late Robert Rocha.

Kyle was a 1999 graduate of Barrington High School and a 2004 Graduate of the University of Rhode Island. Upon graduation he took a position as an Environmental Analyst with R.I. Analytical in Warwick. Previous to this, Kyle had been a longtime lifeguard at Scarborough State Beach. He loved surfing and classic cars especially Mustangs.

Besides his mother, he leaves 2 brothers, Jess Rocha and his wife Kara and Blake Rocha; his maternal Grandfather, John S. Cannity and his wife Beverly; his maternal grandmother, Eleanor Barrett and her husband Freddie; his paternal grandparents, Belmira Rocha and the late Joseph Rocha; his girlfriend, Laura Brazee; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Calling hours Wednesday 4-8 PM in the A. A. MARIANI & SON Funeral Home, 200 Hawkins St., Providence. Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 10 AM in St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main St. (Route 114), Warren. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to: Surfrider Foundation, R.I. Chapter, P.O. Box 43, Narragansett, RI 02882.

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Published in The Providence Journal on Jun. 6, 2006.
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June 4, 2020
Dear Kyle: Another year has passed, but my vision of you never fades. This past year has been & continues to be like non other. Sometimes I think of you as being the lucky one to be spared of such trying times. You were such a free spirit & a fun-loving guy that sheltering in place, shutdowns, & civil unrest may have proven to be hard to bear. I miss your beautiful smile & can still hear you say, Hey, Sandy. I look forward to the day when you take my hand & we reunite. Love, Mom
Sandra Rocha
August 23, 2019

I thought of you yesterday. Nelly came on the radio and it instantly brought a smile to my face. It's amazing how a song can bring about such a vivid memory.... we were in your mustang (of course), listening to Nelly, it was summer which means the windows were down, warm sunshine beaming down on us, heading to the beach. I think you may have even had a white nose from all the zinc you used to put on. You were 19 and I was 17, young without a care in the world.

I'm 36 now, married with 2 boys and the smile that I had on my face soon faded when I realized and truly understood the loss of you, Kyle. I lost a friend on the day you left this earth and I remember being so, incredibly sad. Being only 22 I didn't, nor could I fully understand the impact this tragedy had, and still has, on your mom.

I know your brothers, your extended family and friends felt the loss, but your mom... Now that I am a mom, thinking about losing one of my children sends such a painful feeling through my entire body and a knot in my stomach. I started to cry, all the while still listening to Nelly, specifically the song E.I. If you think about it long enough it sounds ridiculous because who cries during that song?! It's such an upbeat, fun, bounce along in your car kind of song. Which is exactly what we were doing when I first listened to it. We were laughing, dancing and singing along, never thinking I'd be tearing up when I'd hear it nearly 20 years later.

I only ever met your mom a few times in the short 5 years that I knew you, but I hope she knows that even now, you are still alive in our memories. Your smile is still contagious!
June 5, 2019
Dear Son: Your circle of friends & family has grown over the years, but the void is forever there. That void is you. As the song goes, It's been a long day without you my friend and I'll tell you all about it when I see you again . And I will see you again.
Love Always,
Sandra Rocha
October 14, 2016
Happy Birthday Big Guy, miss you every day...
October 14, 2012
Happy Birthday, Son. There is a song playing on the radio that goes: If heaven weren't so far away I'd pack up the kids and go for a day.. If only I could! Love forever, Mom
sandra rocha
May 30, 2012
Ryan Scott
November 14, 2011
Oops, Kaila was born last night, not me!
Kali Rocha
November 13, 2011
Uncle Kyle & Granpa,

Kali was born tonight. Please look out for her as you do me. We love and miss you.

Love, Kali & Daddy
Kali Rocha
October 16, 2011
Happy belated birthday my friend! I miss you in so many ways and in my heart know you were there to keep my brother alive four years ago and since then. I continue to live my life the way I know you would have lived yours. xo
Allie Olivier
October 16, 2011
Dear Kyle, 30 years ago I gave birth to you. Never did I think that I would have to say goodbye. I miss you and remember you every day of my life. I can see you exactly as I last saw you, as if it were today. You are with me always. Happy Birthday. Love forever, Mom.
October 14, 2011
Happy Birthday Kyle I miss you so much more than you will ever know...You mean so much to me!
Marcie Wilde
June 7, 2011
June 7, 2011
We all love and miss you Kyle. I will always be glad that the last time I saw you we shared a big hug. Miss you so much. Marcia Hull
June 6, 2011
My Kyle: This is not an anniversary that I look forward to each year. The days leading up to it are often beautiful days and I think of them as your last holiday, last weekend, and even your last Saturday night. I know how much you loved to be out with your friends. I also remember how happy you were when you rode down the driveway and turned the corner. I love you and miss you more than you or anyone will ever know. Love Mom
June 5, 2011
I always think of you this time of year, miss you.
Kristen (Monkey)
October 20, 2010
Kyle I can still remember your laugh and smile. Most of all your sense of humor. There is one day at the OM I will never forget, I think I cried laughing thanks to you! When I think back to that day I still LOL!!! Thats how I like to remember you!

Happy Birthday Man!
Nicole Nieves
October 13, 2010
My dear dear Kyle: Tomorrow is your birthday once again. I dread this time, but at the same time, I remember my dearest little boy who I miss and cry for every single waking day of my life. I long for just one more chance to touch you and to hug you. It seems like such a long time before I will be able to see you again, but I am able to see you as I remember you, the clothes you wore and that beautiful smile that could only belong to you. Tomorrow you would have been celebrating your 29th birthday. I will not be celebrating, I will be heartbroken. I hope that you know how much you are missed and that I live each and every day with moments of sadness that I try to tuck away, but they are always close by waiting for the chance to surface. I miss you and I love you for ever and ever. Love, Mom.
February 21, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Joseph (Mickey) Davis, 22Council St.,Prov.
July 9, 2006
Dear Kyle,

It doesn't seem possible that slightly more than a month has passed since you left us so suddenly. I am writing this for your grandfather and myself to express just how much we love and miss you.

Last week Pop and I were out doing some errands that took us onto Rt. 2 near Rhode Island Mall. As we were heading toward home we came to a red light. Soon two motorcycles pulled up on my left. I know that Pop and I were both reminded of you. They took a left at the light and we continued up the hill and to another red light. As we stopped an orange Mustang, like the one you had, pulled up on our left. There was such silence in our car and I felt as though I could read Pop's mind. I turned to him and said, "we are surrounded by memories of Kyle". Pop nodded and we continued down the road onto Rt. 5 in deep silence with blurry eyes and tears dripping down our cheeks. I guess my point here is that we are constantly reminded of you in so many different ways. You are always in our thoughts and daily prayers.

You had the most beautiful smile, and I couldn't help but notice how many people have mentioned that fact. Even pictures we have of you as a very little boy and right into college, that smile is evident. Your smile lit up a room as you entered and I dare say that often when we would be driving home from a family gathering I would tell Pop that I loved your smile and engaging ways.

Pop, being a man of few words, may not always express himself vocally, but in all the years that I have known him I have never known him to cry until June 4th. He tries so hard to keep himself in check all the time, but his heart is broken by your absence. We all know that we have no choice but to accept what has happened and through past experiences we have been taught that the only thing that heals broken hearts is time. Time will help to ease the raw pain so evident now, but be assured, you will never be far from our thoughts and prayers.

My faith teaches me that you are in a place we can only envision, but that we know nothing about. In my heart I know that you are in that place and now you know the mystery of life. May God keep you in the palm of His hand and grant you eternal rest in his heavenly kingdom. Rest gently dear Kyle and know that we will always hold you in our hearts and minds and that our love for you will never diminish. We thank God for your life and for letting us be a part of it.

Love, Pop and Beverly
John and Beverly Cannity
June 14, 2006

I never really thought I’d be writing something like this, especially for this occasion. In fact most of these thoughts were things that I was planning on saying on your wedding day. So I’ll do my best to honor you and make you as proud of me as I was of you when you stood up for me at my wedding.

I remember when you were a kid; you were the biggest pain, but then again, what little brother isn’t. And I’m sure I probably wasn’t the best brother at the time either. But as you grew older, you really matured into a great person, and I was very, very proud of you. I also remember as a kid saying the beginning of the song “Wind Beneath My Wings” to you, the part where it says that it must have been cold there in my shadow. But that was just me jokingly giving it back to you. And I know at times I did cast a big shadow on you, but you didn’t let that get in your way of becoming your own man, you just went on doing what you wanted to do, and I always respected that. But the truth is that I was, and still am the one trying to live up to your expectations. You were the one that lived without regret, and you enjoyed your life to the fullest. And at times I was jealous of you. So while I was saying those beginning lines to you, the verse that I really should have been saying was that you were indeed the wind beneath my wings. Trying to make you proud of me, you pushed me to where I am today. And without you around, I’ll never soar quite as high.

I know you’re in good hands up there with Dad, and I know he was probably even more proud of you than I was. You were a truly remarkable young man, who in his short time on this earth, touched so many lives and did so many wonderful things. And while I think you still had much more to offer the world, your mission must have been completed. And in that you made me proud once again. Your group of friends is a true testament to everything you achieved in life. They all love you dearly, and they need your guidance now more than ever, so please watch over them.

And no matter how much bigger than me you got, you’ll always be my little brother, who I love more than anything. My only regret is that I couldn’t protect you from this tragedy the way I was supposed to, and I’ll never forgive myself for that. But I promise to not only take care of Mom and Blake in everyway possible, but to carry on your legacy the best I possibly can. I love you little brother!
Jess Rocha
June 11, 2006

Thank you for so many wonderful memories from guarding at the cove and scarborough to softball games and gnarly summers. You were truly a special person and a good friend. Thanks again for leaving that reggae cd at my house; I would have never appreciated Rasta Music if it wasn’t for that.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Rocha family and friends

"Miller Time"
Matt Miller
June 11, 2006
Jesse, Blake and Sandy
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.I can still see Kyle and Blake on the beach no older then eight or nine years old enjoying the water and just being kids. Jess you were the best big brother he could have, always watching out for both of them. Memories last forever.
Laura Goding
June 11, 2006
My life instantly changed when Kyle came into my life three and a half years ago. I was addicted to his spontaneous personality and many diverse qualities. Kyle proudly drove his minivan, ate tomatoes like they were apples, set his alarm at the crack of dawn to check the surf and listened to a wide variety of music. Just from being with Kyle, I learned how to skate and surf, while learning a LOT about his Mustang Mach 1 with a 351 Windsor engine and featuring a honeycomb grill.. i am now a subscriber to "hot rod" because of Kyle. Kyle really loved his dad, and planned on living with Sandy until he was well into his 30's...

I never thought that my heart could hurt so much. The pain of loosing such an awesome person is unexplainable. He meant so much to so many people and my prayers go out to Sweet Sandy, Jess, and Blake. Most of all, Kyle was passionate about life, his family and his friends and he would want us to live it up each day. love you kyle <3
Virginia Rexroad
June 10, 2006
I have known Kyle for a long time, he was a good person, one of the best. He was very close to my family especially my mother and sister. He will be missed very much by all who knew him. It saddens me deeply as-well as it does the rest of my family. My mother describes it only as she feels like she lost a son. To Kyles family, if there is anything I or anyone in my family can ever do for you, please let us know...
Josh Wilde
June 10, 2006
Sandra, Jess, and Blake, I am so sorry for your loss... I have known Kyle since we were kids at Roys, I have so many memories of him, he was a great guy and a great friend and he will always be in my can you forget that smile of his?
Sara Chaffee-Standish
June 9, 2006
Thank you for accompanying me on our long strange trip from adolescence to young adulthood at Roy Carpenter's Beach. Although our Roy's family feels like we lost a bro, I am grateful for having you in my life for the past 11 years.
Thinking of you in Diego..
Meagan Arcand
June 9, 2006
Mrs Rocha and family.. the girls at Special F/x send our DEEPEST sympathy!! We were shocked to hear of the horrible news.. we loved kyle..he will be missed so much.
denise blankenship
June 9, 2006
kyle...u are the best big brother anyone can ask for!you were always there for me no matter wut the problom was! ive been with u for 19 years and its not over yet. i love u kyle "the weasle"
john cutter
June 9, 2006
I knew Kyle from working with him and his brother at Wakefield Ford. What I remember most about him was that we always laughed. He was just an easy going, great guy. I liked him. My sympathies to the entire Rocha family.
Kevin Loignon
June 9, 2006
Sandra, having heard of the sudden death of your son Kyle I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family during this very sad and difficult time.Although I did not know your son or the family such tragic news prompted me to offer my heartfelt condolences.
Rose Marie Nunes
June 8, 2006
Being the little brother of two of Kyle's friends (Ben & Andy) from high school, I can say I got to see him a lot! There was not a single time I ever saw him without a smile on his face. Whether he was giving me advice on girls or picking me up from school when my brothers were away from home, Kyle was always there to help me out and for that I can happily call him my friend. He will be deeply missed! Thanks for everything Kyle!!!
Nick Caisse
June 8, 2006
Mrs. Rocha,
We are heartbroken for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Weinstein Family
Cheryl Weinstein
June 8, 2006
Kyle is one of those rare people who come into and forever impact your life. Thinking back on all the good times we shared, its hard to not smile at his charismatic personality and quick wit. I know that Kyle has influenced my outlook on life and has helped me mature over the years. I am thankful of the friendship we shared and know that he will always be on my mind and in my heart. Love you Kyle..

To Sandy, Blake, and Jess - my deepest condolences are with you. May Kyle's spirit and enthusiasm for life live on through his friends and family.
Allie Olivier
June 8, 2006
Kyle will definitely be missed by many...he was like an older brother to me...always watching out for me..keeping me out of trouble...I miss him and I feel your pain...he will always be in my heart
Stef aka NINA Mellor
June 7, 2006
my dear sweet baby boy,
please rest in the peace you desevre you will never know how much i truley love youand your family..your dad, your aunts and uncles ..especially paula and ricky but most of all jess and blake and i will always love your mother with all of my heart and soul and will always be there for her so rest in peace beautiful kyle because i will always make sure mom is ok love lu lu
linda gabara
June 7, 2006
Your family is our thoughts and prayers, we offer or deepest sympathy during the toughest of times.
Christopher & Jill Dockray
June 7, 2006
Mrs. Rocha, Jess, and family,
We send our deepest symapathies in the terrible time. "The tides of time wash away even the deepest despair." You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lacie and Berdine Ryan
June 7, 2006
Dear Sandy, Jess, and Blake,
We are so saddened by the news of the loss of Kyle. What a shock. We cannot imagine what you are going through, but we just wanted you to know that your old neighbors are thinking of you and hope that God gives you the strength you will need in this very tough time.
Ron, Kathy, Jason, Jeff, Lisa, Fred, and Fannie Kwolek
June 7, 2006
Mrs. Rocha,
My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to you, Jess, and the rest of the Rocha family in this terrible time of loss. Kyle will be sorely missed.
David Grant
June 7, 2006
Kyle was my sister's boyfriend, and although I didn't know him very well, I knew that he loved her, and he was a great person to be around. He will be truly missed in our family.
Nicholas Brazee
June 7, 2006
Kyle, You will be missed. Our love and prayers go out to those who knew and loved you. Deepest sympathies to those you leave behind.
Al and Carla Guertin
June 7, 2006
My deepest condolences to the entire Rocha family. Many thoughts and prayers are with you. Kyle was wonderful.
Jacqueline Caisse
June 7, 2006
I am so sorry. Your family is so wonderful, things like this should never happen. My love goes out to you.
Elizabeth Worsley (Williamson)
June 7, 2006
Dear sandra,jesse,and blake
I could not believe it when the news when my mom told me I'm still shocked. Kyle was such a great kid.He will be missd by everyone. Our prayers are with you. Coyle & Rocha Family
Michael J. Coyle
June 7, 2006
To the Rocha Family - My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I know that Kyle meant so much to so many people.
To Kyle - I am glad I got to know you. The girls and I will never forget you. MamaV
Joanne Vincent
June 7, 2006
I had the opportunity to work with Kyle at Scarborough State Beach and from the very beginning, we had an instant and understanding friendship. Even during the first few days at the beach, it was like I had known him forever, and it was easy to see what a great guy he was. He really looked out for the younger guards immediately gaining our respect and trust. His laughter was contagious and I have to say that Kyle was one of the most vivacious and fun loving people I have ever met. One example out of many was when Kyle would say a new word or phrase one day and the very next day you would hear it being said all over South County. Whenever Kyle was around you always knew it. He had the type of rare presence that would light up a room as soon as he would enter. How could you not love being around Kyle with his unique outlook, abundant energy, and unforgettable smile? His outgoing personality, quick wit, and natural charm always made the workdays go by a little faster.

Kyle was a positive influence from day one, not only teaching me about the water and lifeguarding but also valuable lessons about life. I enjoyed his random visits to my lifeguard chair seeming to show up out of nowhere making me smile with his daily stories, thoughts, and wisdom. One piece of advice Kyle had given me really stands out in my mind. He taught me to always live in the moment and to always let people know how you feel about them because you may not get the chance later on. The future is an unknown and all we really have is the present moment. This really touched me and I will hold onto it forever. Kyle has not only touched my life, but the lives of so many people whom were fortunate enough to know him. I wish I could tell him in this very moment how much he has meant to me; my teacher, my confidante,
and my true friend.

To the Rocha family, my deepest sympathy goes out to you. Kyle will be deeply missed by so many of us.

I do not think a day will go by where I don’t think of the fun times I shared with Kyle Rocha. I will never hear a rasta song or sit a day at the beach without thinking of Kyle. I know Kyle will live on with his family, friends, Scarborough and in my heart forever…
Kelly Erickson
June 7, 2006
Kyle, we've known each other for about 6 years now, and it seems like these last few years we have been much closer. Funny as it seems, I had to think hard about when it was we met because I honestly can't remember not having you around. Kyle, your smile will be seen in each and everyone's face as we live on in your memory. Your spirit will fuel our's in life helping us to thrive and flourish. And because of you, we will never...under any soft. The friends you have had your entire life, and the one's who you have met along the way, will think of you everyday whether in prayer or in jest. Me personally, I will miss getting my afternoon phone calls when you got out of work and were heading home. "Badboy, we partyin' hard tonight?" "Kyle, its Wednesday!" "Yeah, I know...WOO!" But honestly just watching the ball game or sitting out on the deck was a party enough with you there. Forever, I will miss that, and I will miss you.
Nicholas DiMaio
June 7, 2006
To the Rocha Family,
My family and I had the pleasure of meeting Kyle through our son, Jared. We have fond memories of him growing up in Barrington. He always lit up the room with his Hollywood looks and his 100 watt smile. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
Kathy Coyne
June 7, 2006
My deepest simpathy goes out to the rocha family, though its been several years since I have worked with Kyle at the Newman YMCA I know myself and others are deeply saddened by this terrible loss
Jared Figueira
June 7, 2006
My deepest sympathy to the Rocha family, Kyle will be missed greatly and he was truely a great dude...I knew Kyle through the ymca and at school, and his wild spirit will live on....
Jason Silva
June 6, 2006
Kyle was truly an amazing person who touched the lives of so many people. He will be deeply missed. He'll always be in my heart.
Eileen Flanagan
June 6, 2006
my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. remember the times you laughed together.
john mccann
June 6, 2006
Kyle was so special to me, he is the reason I lifeguard...I remember sitting by his chair at wheeler when I was 16 and bringing him lunch, and i remember my first day at scarborough and how excited I was he got transfered there. So many memories about this kid...him trying to teach me to surf,reggae hour,monkeybear,gnarly, that smile...I will miss him forever, he had such a impact on my life and was a big brother to my heart forever Kyle I know you still got your eye on me up there.
Blake and Sandy hang in there and keep smiling Kyle would have it no other way...
Kristen Cavaco
June 6, 2006
Though I have not seen Kyle in a few years, I fondly remember talking surfing with him between classes in high school. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jonathan LaRiviere
June 6, 2006
My deepest sympathy to the Rocha family. Kyle's smiles and laughter will be missed greatly and remembered for generations.
June 6, 2006
Dear Sandy I have no words that can express my condolences to you and family. I can only pray that you find the courage to deal with such loss. So young,so much to live for, and yet in a split second life was taken away.Margaret (TA@ B.H.S)
Margaret Macedo
June 6, 2006
I could not believe the news when I got to Johnny's graduation party. I think I'm still shocked. Kyle was such a great kid and I have so many good memories of him - he always made me laugh so much - even when he was just 6 or 7 years old. Last summer down Roys he spent hours making me laugh about being in Costa Rica. I'll never forget him.
Jesse and Blake,
I can't stop thinking about you two. I can't imagine how you feel right now, but you should be very proud of Kyle and all the people he made happy in his lifetime.
The beach people and my times growing up down there will always hold such a special place in my heart. I love you all.
Julie Hensel
June 6, 2006
Dear Mrs. Rocha and Family,
It was with deep regret that we heard of Kyle's untimely death. We remember him well from Kara and Jess' wedding day and remember how proud you were of all of your boys. Our prayers are with you and your loved ones as you go through this terrible ordeal. God Bless You All. Kathy & Bob Manchester & Family - (Kara's aunt and uncle)
Katherine Manchester
June 6, 2006
Kyle was a bright and cheerful person. I will cherish the times we spent together re-building his Mustang's engine and trans. He will be missed and remembered by us for a very long time. I wish the Rocha family for strength to get through this very difficult time. You have my deepest condolences.

Brian Nieves and Family.
Brian Nieves
June 6, 2006
Please accept our sincere sympathies. Even though we did not know him personally, as a nearby neighbor we offer our condolences in your loss.
Pete and Gladys Parker
June 6, 2006
kyle you will be missed,sandra,jesse,and blake sorry for your loss.
john snow
June 6, 2006
Kyle you are forever in my heart and always on my mind. I love you.
Sarah Fligg
June 6, 2006
My sympathies to the Rocha family. I worked with Kyle at the YMCA and his energy and spirit was always contagious. My condolences on your loss.
Anna Troy
June 6, 2006
We're sorry to hear of your loss.
John & Marilyn Schwab
June 6, 2006
June 6, 2006
Sandra & heart is broken for all of you. Kyle was a Matunuck Icon...surfer, lifeguard, Mustang lover...the ultimate beach boy..he will be missed by all who knew him. His adventurous life was cut short much too soon. My deepest sympathy. A Matunuck mom...
Wendy Cafferty Lucas & family (April, Justin & Dan-0)
Wendy Cafferty-Lucas
June 6, 2006
You will be severely missed by all. I will miss your magnetic energy lighting up any room you walk into. You will always be in our thoughts and your family will always be in our prayers. We love you dude. Your ledgend will always live on in my heart, but boy am I going to miss that smile of yours. Thank you for spreading so much love and laughter into everyone's hearts, I am just so glad we got the chance to know each other. There is a piece of me that will be forever changed by you kid! -Dina
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