portrait picture for Rafael (Ralph) Cocchia, Jr.

Wake: Friends may call on Tuesday from 4:00 -8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at St. Joseph Church, 85 South Main Street, Norwalk. Burial: Burial will follow the services in St. John Cemetery, Norwalk.

Rafael (Ralph) Cocchia, Jr.


December 30, 1921 - October 19, 2015

Rafael (Ralph) Cocchia, Jr. died on Oct. 19, 2015 in Punta Gorda, FL.

Born on Dec 30, 1921 he was a son of  the late Rafael and Philomena Cocchia of Norwalk. He was predeceased by his wife, Rita M. Emond Cocchia and by his eldest son, Ralph. He was also predeceased by his siblings Dominick, Susan and Art.

Surviving are his children, Art and wife Josephine, Janet Discala and her husband George and Robert and wife Diana. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ralphie, Richard, Daniel, Steven, Todd, and Melissa Cocchia and several great grandchildren.  He is also survived  by  many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ralph was in the army stationed in Korea during the Korean War. A Life member of the South Norwalk Boat Club, he loved fishing and boating with his family and would spend many weekends in Cockenoe Island Bay enjoying the water, sun and many friends.

In later years, after retiring from his position at the Norwalk Housing Authority, he moved to FL and he traveled extensively in his mobile home with his companion, Teresa Dillon.

For the past several years, Robert and Diana have kept him busy enjoying air shows, boat races, going to Venice Beach to enjoy a hot dog and fishing. He also enjoyed relaxing in the sun watching the water from his deck.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4:00 -8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at St. Joseph Church, 85 South Main Street, Norwalk. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Norwalk. Please visit www.collinsfh.com/obituaries to leave condolences.

  1. We send the Cocchia family our sincere sympathy. Ralph was a wonderful guy and truly loved by all.

    George & Claire Skidd

    October 23, 2015
    George & Claire Skidd -
  • Ou most sincere condolences to Ralph’s family.

    October 23, 2015
    Tom & Alice Reidy -
  • DEAREST,Danny, Ralphie, Richard, Janet,Bobby, Art, Steven, Todd:
    So Sorry to hear about Grandpa…Its been awhile but it seems like yesterday.Your( Dad-Grandpa) Lived a
    long life and enjoyed the WATER, the BOAT ,FISHING & LETS NOT FORGET THE CLUB . I’ll always remember Danny & I going over to the side door “knock, knock,knock”. On the othersider side of the door Grandma was always cooking something. then from the other room you would hear “who that, what do they want?? Mr. Ralph, was a TOUGH BUT LOVING man, I had the pleasure of living 2 houses away from Mr. & Mrs. Cocchia all my life. When he can home, of course we were all out in the middle of road, he come threw the pillars and say … with his raspy voice. What the H_ _ _ you kids doing out here.I’ll never forget the sound of his voice, he was a blessed man with great children and a bounce of grand kids, some who lived right never him and the others like Steven & Todd would come down from up north to me the farmlands. HE WAS A GREAT MAN THAT STARTED A CHAIN OF GREAT KIDS & GRAND KIDS… and out of all the children & grand children…. JANET is the Best Fisher “women”. God Bless you Mr. Cocchia and may you rest in peace!!!!!

    October 25, 2015
    Karen O'BOY Bassett -
  • Dear Bob and Diana, and the Cocchia Family:
    Glenn and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family, and may the peace of God be with you all.

    October 25, 2015
    Glenn Baker and Janet Young -
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