Rocky Sullivan Died at age 59, on Sunday, November 25th, 2007, from complications of lupus and myelodysplastic syndrome. Alongside his wife, he owned and operated Muffin Mania, a bakery café in the Gerstle Park neighborhood of San Rafael for nearly 25 years until his death. Rocky was born Anthony Galante, on January 5th, 1948, in Brooklyn, New York. In his earlier life, he was a singer and songwriter who evolved with the ages performing doo wop with The Visuals and earning his first record contract at age 14. Later, he sang vocals for the folk group The Braid. At age 20, he met his wife, Ilona, in the Catskill Mountains and they married in 1970. He went solo as Rocky Sullivan and soon after made his stage name his legal name. During this time he left New York City and moved to Marin County in 1976 with his wife, son, and a suitcase full of songs. He pursued a career in music and went on to play with many Bay Area artists, including John and Mario Cipollina, Joey Covington, Gregg Douglas, and Nicky Hopkins. Rocky and Ilona opened Muffin Mania on January 4th, 1983 and have since been nourishing generations of Marin families. They have supported the community in countless ways through their business. In his free time, Rocky enjoyed writing songs, mystery novels, and screenplays. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed entertaining them with his humor and fantastic meals. He loved hiking with his wife and dogs in the Indian Valley Open Space Preserve. He was a Reiki Master and was interested in integrative medicine ever since he was diagnosed with lupus nearly 30 years ago. Rocky is survived by his wife Ilona Sullivan, sister Nina Catania, sons Dylan Galante and Jarrett Galante, daughters-in-law Natalie and Emily, brothers-in-law Douglas and Gene, Gene's wife Diep, nephews Seth, Alex, Ari, and Max, Seth's wife, Carol, niece Nancy, her husband Pierre and their children, Genevieve and Julian, as well as numerous other relatives. A celebration of his life will take place on Sunday, December 9th, 2007 at 12 Noon at Muffin Mania, 2 Bayview Street in San Rafael. A private memorial service for family and friends will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in his memory to The Lupus Foundation of America, www.lupus.org, or The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, at: www.mds-foundation.org. Rocky, ROCK ON!!!
Published by Marin Independent Journal on Dec. 1, 2007.
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I never met my grandpa rocky saying I was born years later but I did hear a lot of story's about him so coming along this I felt like by reading this I got to find out what my grandpa was like and what he did in his life.
January 20, 2021
Deeply saddened to hear of Rocky's passing. As long-time Gerstle Park neighbors of Muffin Mania, we will miss his gentle demeanor - and Rocky Rolls. Our thoughts and prayers are with you...
Lisa & Ilana Rabin
December 17, 2007
Thank you all so much for your outpouring of love for my father. My whole family is absolutely moved by all your love and support.
Love, Jarrett Galante
December 4, 2007
im very sorry to here anthony passed away.i go back to puplic school with anthony in brooklyn.i used to go to his fathers pizza place ever day.i used to like to sing harmony with him and some orther guys when we were young.im sorry i lost contact with him .im still singing .since 1959 .my next show in jan26.2008.new big doowop show im going to do a song in anthony memory.god bless you your friend joey karp.of joey and the paradons.www.gypsyrecording.com/paradons
December 2, 2007
GOD BLESS YOU. WE ALL LOVED MUFFIN MANIA..
December 1, 2007
Dear Ilona and family,
Our hearts and thoughts are with you all. Knowing your family through Muffin Mania is one of our most favorite things about the neighborhood! Rocky had that genuine happy-to-see you thing that made him such an easy person to want to get to know better. We will miss him and remember him.
Sending you our love,
Tymber and Derek Cavasian
December 1, 2007
Having been a regular at Muffin Mania since the day it opened, I am sad that I won’t see Rocky’s gentle, smiling face again. Rocky was a pleasure to talk with, and so courageous in dealing with his medical condition. Ilona’s loyalty, warmth and support have been never-ending—not only with her family but towards all of us muffin-maniacs. I send her my deepest condolences.
December 1, 2007
i am very sorry to hear that rocky has passed away, my deepest condolences to ilona and family. i will always have fond memories of my mornings sitting at the big table, rocky rolls rule. peace and love to all from amsterdam