Rocco Alexander Mastrobattista, 86 years old, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 11, 2021. The son of Domenic and Josephine Mastrobattista, Rocco was a lifelong resident of Farmington, Connecticut. He graduated from Farmington High School and attended Central Connecticut College. The quintessential, self-made man, Rocco started his career at Stanley Works in New Britain, Connecticut as a chemist, later working as a sales man for Federated Metals and Smelting. In 1979, Rocco purchased Bass Plating Company in Bloomfield, Connecticut, building the business into the pre-eminent electroplating facility in the northeast, setting the gold standard in the industry for quality, customer service and environmental responsibility. In 1959, Rocco married Faye Jackaway, a resident of Plainville, Connecticut. Not many people knew this, but Rocco was a great dancer. He and Faye spent many happy hours dancing to the Nelson Riddle Band at Lake Compounds. Later, they raised two children, Peter Mastrobattista, who worked shoulder to shoulder with his father and Amy Mastrobattista, a business lawyer. Rocco loved gardening and took great pride in his yard. Eschewing modern conveniences, Rocco could always be found with a rake in his hands. Later in life, Rocco was an enthusiastic member of the Constitution State Classics Car Club. He successfully showed his midnight blue 1964 Chevy Impala convertible for years all over New England. He will be remembered as a dedicated husband and father, a doting grandfather, a loyal brother, an avid sportsman and a businessman whose word could be trusted. He is survived by his wife Faye, his two children Peter Mastrobattista and Amy Mastrobattista, his two daughters-in-law, Laura Mastrobattista and Deidre Flynn, his three grandchildren, Emma Mastrobattista, Lily Mastrobattista and Rocco Augustus Mastrobattista, his brother Alessandro Mastrobattista and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Myrna DeMarco. He is predeceased by his brother John Mastrobattista and his sister Mary Love. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Apr. 16) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Saturday (Apr. 17) at 10:30am in The Ahern Funeral Home followed by burial in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com
Published by Hartford Courant on Apr. 14, 2021.