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.