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Anthony A. LaRocca

October 17, 1927 - September 05, 2021


Anthony A. LaRocca

October 17, 1927 - September 05, 2021


Obituary For Anthony A. LaRocca

Anthony A. LaRocca of Arlington September 5, 2021. The youngest of eight siblings raised in East Cambridge, Tony was president of his class at Cambridge High and Latin School (“Rindge”) in 1946, joined the United States Army the same year, serving in Korea and receiving an honorable discharge in 1948. He married Shirly Holden, the love of his life, in 1949. After graduating from Northeastern University, Tony joined The Hooper Holmes Bureau, an insurance investigation company, in 1955, where he spent his entire career, retiring as a Senior Vice President in 1992. Moving with his family from Somerville to Arlington Heights in 1967, Tony became a fixture of the neighborhood and counted on the friendship and support of many neighbors, particularly in his later years. Tony was predeceased by his parents, Michael (Magno) and Carmela LaRocca, and seven beloved brothers and sisters: Louis, Sofia (Sue) Gomes, Anna Thomas, James, Josephine (Josie) Muolo, Ida (Edie), and Mary Muolo. He is survived by Shirly, his devoted and loving wife of 72 years; three sons, Michael, David, and Donald; daughters-in-law, Cathy and Trish; four grandchildren, Michael, Jessica, Nick, and Eliza; and four great grandchildren, Sofia, Anthony, Noah, and Dylan. Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Thursday morning in The DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass Avenue, Arlington from 10:00am to 11:00am, followed by a funeral mass at St. Camillus Church, 1185 Concord Turnpike, Arlington at 11:30am. Burial will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.


9 Sep


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
9 Sep

Funeral Mass

11:30 AM

St. Camillus Church 1185 Concord Turnpike Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
9 Sep


12:45 PM

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St. Cambridge, MA 02138 Get Directions »
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  • 09/07/2021

    Uncle Tony, It is with sadness that we must accept your passing from this life. Your vast interests and knowledge always made visiting with you so enjoyable. You will be thought of often and missed immensely. Rest in Peace... Our prayers are with Aunt Shirley and the family at this mournful time. With our love, Joanne and Michael Joanne Gomes Gallagher

  • 09/06/2021

    We will miss you Uncle Tony. I have many wonderful childhood memories of visiting you and Aunt Shirley. I know you are having a party with all your brother & sisters together now and having an amazing time. I LOVE & miss you. RIP.

  • 09/06/2021

    I have always felt very grateful and very blessed that you were at one time my father-in-law and my boss. So many great memories of times spent with you and Shirley. You were always a wonderful grandfather to my children and great-grandfather to my grandchildren. I know you are in heaven, reunited with your brothers and sisters. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and all your family. Dale Morrissey

  • 09/06/2021

    Uncle Tony, May you rest in peace. We know you are up in heaven probably playing a game of cribbage right now. Our thought and prayers are with Aunt Shirley, Michael, David and Donald and their families. John and Sylvia.

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