Sebastian R. ‘Bob’ LaRocca, 77

Sebastian R. “Bob” LaRocca, 77, of Harbeson, Del., formerly of Hazlet and Spotswood, N.J., passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 24, 1942, son of the late James and Lillian (Donisi) LaRocca. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. After his discharge, LaRocca attended and graduated from Teterboro School of Aeronautics.

LaRocca worked as a jet-engine mechanic for Eastern and United Airlines before his retirement. He enjoyed building and flying RC airplanes, fishing and boating. He also enjoyed watching Clint Eastwood movies and dancing with his loving companion of 10 years, Marilyn Kowalsky.

In addition to his companion, Marilyn Kowalsky, he is survived by three children, James LaRocca of Yuma, Ariz., Robert LaRocca and his wife, Jennifer, of Monroe Township, N.J., and Christine Cinquergrana and her husband, Jason, of Hazlet, N.J.; three grandchildren, Brianne LaRocca, Gabriella LaRocca and Mia Rose Cinquergrana; and two sisters, Marie Bogart and her husband, Frank, of Holmdel, N.J., and Louise Meredith and her husband, Russel, of Lewes, Del.

A prayer service was to be held Feb. 20, 2019, at the Long Neck chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro, Del. Interment with military honors were held at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at