By Barbara Ann Zippi
Ciao Bella Living Italian Style
Rocco Taraborrelli, 83, of Morton, Pa., business and community leader, passed away recently anticipating his twin grandsons’ high school graduation. Rocco recently called to express joy with this newspaper’s January article about his son, author Randy Taraborrelli.
He graduated from John Bartram High in 1949 then joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving until 1952. In 1955 he married Rose Marie (Magistro), who passed away in 1996. She was a well-known reporter with the Delaware County Daily Times.
Working at the U.S. Postal Service and Philadelphia Navy Yard, Rocco started his own business, Taraborrelli Painters, retiring after 45 years in 2008. He was a member and past president of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (Del-Mont Chapter), a member of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, instructor at Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, and a former member of the Delaware Valley Optimist Club.
He is survived by three children, J. Randy Taraborrelli of Los Angeles, Calif.; Roslyn (William) Barnett, of West Chester, Pa., and Rocco (Rosemarie) Taraborrelli of Williamstown, N.J.; four grandchildren, Rocco and Vincent Taraborrelli and Jessica and Zachary Barnett; a brother, Arnold Taraborrelli of Madrid, Spain; and his companion for the past 16 years, Yvette Jarecki, of Exton, Pa.