Richard T. Roccia, 73, of Manahawkin, died peacefully on January 29, 2019, with his family at his bedside. Born and raised in Newark, he lived many years in Bloomfield before moving to Manahawkin in 2005. He was the son of the late, Thomas and Ida Roccia. Mr. Roccia had retired as Police Detective from the Newark Police Department in 1994 after 25 years of distinguish service. Richard was an avid horseracing fan and enjoyed spending time at Monmouth Park Racetrack. He was loved by many and was a “rock solid” man whom will be dearly missed.
Surviving are; his wife of 50 years MaryAnn “Fernandes” Roccia; four children, Gina Rullo, Dina Williams and her husband George, Richard Roccia Jr. and Renee` Roccia; five grandchildren, Thomas, Michael, Christian, Makayla and Richard III; also surviving are his brother Thomas Roccia and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Cremation is private and a celebration of his life will be offered at a later date. Mastapeter Funeral Home in Bayville is in charge of arrangements.