Ronald (Ron) Rocco of Petaluma passed peacefully after a long battle with cancer on Oct. 20, 2015 at the age of 72. He is survived by his two devoted sons, Joey and Josh, his former wife, Karen, his loving sister, Rosanne, and her husband, Thomas.
Ron was born in Westbury and moved to California in the early 1960’s to begin his teaching career. He was an educator in the Old Adobe School District for over 30 years and was beloved by many Petaluma students and families for his sense of humor, creativity and kindness.
Before he became ill, Ron was an avid cyclist and rode with the “Chicken City Cyclists.” He was also passionate about photography, particularly black and white portraiture, shooting and developing beautiful photos of local Petalumans in his home-built darkroom and studio.
His other interests included spending time with his sons, tinkering with cars, and attempting to dissect the lyrics of his favorite artist, Bob Dylan, on his hi-fi stereo.
There will be a memorial mass celebrating Ron’s life on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Brigid’s Church in Westbury. Donations in Ron’s name can be made at www.gofundme.com/sprocketman