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“Dear Lisa,Keith and Family, Thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers as you go through this difficult time! So sorry for your loss. ...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Cheryl Hovestadt

“Ciao Rocky, ricorderò sempre con affetto il tuo sguardo carico di serenità e semplicità. Anche se le distanze che ci separavano erano oceaniche...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Davide Lucii

“Carissimo Rocky, il nostro più caro saluto ti accompagni in questo ultimo viaggio. Resterai sempre nei nostri cuori per la gioia che ci hai dato e...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Liliana Cecchi - zia

“Ciao gande Rocky, abbiamo avuto la fortuna e l'onore di conoscerti e di passare stupende e spensierate giornate con te. te ne siamo grati. Ti...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Lea Cecchi

“.....la corda si è spezzata e anche l'ultimo palloncino se ne è andato in cielo, leggero, felice di volare..... Ciao carissimo Rocky;...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Rina Cecchi Livorno Italia

“Carissimi tutti, siamo dispiaciuti per la scomparsa improvvisa del caro Rocky, che in punta di piedi è volato in cielo. La sua morte è da...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Cecchi Graziella (Pontremoli - Italia)

“Dear all, your Dad flew in the sky like an Angel, silently as his personality. Probably he was one of your Mum's Angel collection! Now he was...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Silvia Lucii (Livorno -Italy)

“Dear Lisa, Keith, Andre & Olivia, We are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful father and grandfather. He was a very kind, sensitive and caring...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Carolyn & Joe Miele - Waltham , MA

“You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Chris, Laurie, Abigail and Sophia ”
9 of 25 | Posted by: Chris and Laurie Cerci - PA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time of great loss. You were all blessed to have this gift of a man in your lives. May...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Emily and Bob Foley - Waltham, MO

“Daddy, Gentle in spirit. Thoughful and kind. Strength and courage of a super hero. The perfect family man. My best friend. I love and adore you. ...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Elaine

“I knew "Gus" while working with him at the Mass. Dept. of Revenue. He welcomed me and mentored me when I started back in the 1970's. I later...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Frank Adamski - Agawam, MA

“Carissimi Paul, Elaine, Laura, Jim, Lisa e famiglia, vi siamo vicini in questo momento di grande dolore ricordando Rocky, uomo buono ed...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Viola Brunoro - Cousin

“We love you all very much and feel very 'blessed' to have known Uncle Rocky and Aunt Rita. They will live in our hearts forever! ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: The Doyle Family, Michaela, KJ, Emma - NH

“We ar far away, but near you with our thougth, we love you all Adriana and Marcello ”
15 of 25 | Posted by: Adriana and Marcello Vicini

“dear laura & family We are sadden of the loss of your dad.He was such a kind and gentle man.Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you ...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Dan & Jan Robertson - waltham, MA

“Dad I should of been there to catch your fall. Paul ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Paul

“I will miss Rocky's smile and the twinkle in his eye. He left all of you suddenly and unexpected. Please remember that he left the earth knowing how...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Heather Pothier - Beverly, MA

“Paul, please accept my sincere condolences and sympathy on the passing of your dad. May God hold you in His hands and may beautiful memories comfort...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Kerri Egan - Hyannis, MA

“Elaine and Family, Our Deepest Condolence to you and your family, you now have two beautiful Angels looking over you in Heaven. The Spinelli...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: The Spinelli Family

“Paul, Elaine, Laura, Lisa, Jim and the Rancatore Family - Our deepest sympathy for your loss. The short time I spent with your dad was pretty...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Ron Carpenter - Scottsdale, AZ

“I'm am so grateful to God for bringing us together. I know that you are reunited in heaven with the love of your life and will be happy for all...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Coleen - Hampton, NH - Neice

“Lisa, Keith, and family, Our love and deepest sympathy. Aunt Louise and Uncle Vincent ”
23 of 25 | Posted by: Vincent and Louise Stratoti

“Lisa,Keith, and family, So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful man. May God bless him always. Tresa, Tom, Tiffani,Tiara,and Themio...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Tresa and Tom Papadopoulos, and family

“To Lisa, Laura and the whole Rancatore Family. Both Ray and I were saddened to hear the news of your Dads passing. He was such a caring, giving,...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Cheryl Buscemi - Friend


Waltham – Mr. Augustine V. ‘Rocky’ ‘Gus’ Rancatore, of Waltham, died, Sunday, September 12, 2010 at his home. He was 77.

Rocky was born in Cambridge on October 14, 1932, a son of the late Michael and Dorothy Rancatore, and had been a Cambridge resident before moving to Waltham in 1956. He was a graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and Bentley College in Boston. Rocky was a veteran of the United States Army having served in theatre during the Korean War.

Until his retirement in 1996 he worked as the chief of the compliance division of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. After that he kept busy as a child care volunteer at Grace Chapel in Lexington. Rocky also took on a job in retirement at Watertown Savings Bank at their Warrendale branch where customers and fellow workers alike always appreciated his cheerful presence every day.

Always active throughout his life he was a former member of the Sons of Italy in Waltham and, along with his late wife, the St. Jude’s Couple’s Club. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and years ago sang with his buddies in a Barbershop Quartet in Cambridge. Most recently Rocky was a member of the Watertown Savings Bowling Team and bowled with his son, Jim, in the Watertown Men’s Bowling League.

Rocky was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Rita M. (Cecchi) Rancatore, who died on June 19, 2009.

He leaves his children, James S. Rancatore and his wife, Brenda, of Billerica, Elaine M. Rancatore, M.D. of Miramar, Florida, Paul V. Rancatore and his wife, Kathy, of Vero Beach, Florida, Lisa A. Cerci and her husband, Keith, and Laura L. Rancatore and her husband, Jon Julien, all of Waltham; his grandchildren, Erica Rancatore, Adele, Emily and Sydney Julien and Andrei and Olivia Cerci; his brother and sister, Richard Rancatore of Newburyport and Anna M. Tobin of Hampton, New Hampshire and many nieces and nephews.

Rocky was also the beloved nephew of the late James Rancatore.

Family and friends will honor and remember Rocky’s life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, September 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Entombment will follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.