Rocco Taylor Pascal Santoro 1980 — 2018

Rocco Taylor Pascal Santoro

Rocco Taylor Santoro resident of Kamloops passed away on April 27th at 91 West Seymour Street, he was just days short of his 38th Birthday.

Rocco was born in Kamloops, where he was also raised.  He attended Dufferin Elementary school and graduated from Sahali Secondary.

He worked for a short time at the End of the Roll Carpets and received three best salesman awards. Rocco went to Grande Prairie to be a janitor at the hospital. He then went to a sheet metal shop. He decided to make this his trade, having moved to Calgary to work and do his apprenticeship program at a sheet metal shop. Through the program he went to S.A.I.T and received his red seal journeyman papers in sheet metal.  His one big job was helping in the construction of the pediatric hospital in Calgary and was very proud of that.

Rocco decided to come home and he worked in Kamloops as well as the oilfields in Northern Alberta. Rocco began having some mental health issues and through the mission and programs offered by Kamloops he began getting help and getting back on his feet.

A service was held at Kamloops Funeral Home on Monday, May 7th. In honour of Rocco’s memory donations may be made to the New Life Mission, where you can send an e-transfer directly  or by mail P.O. Box 712 Station Main, Kamloops, B.C., V2V 5L7

Speaking with the gentlemen that lived around Rocco and others that I met, they will remember him as a man that loved laughter; his compassion for others was always his most endearing quality.

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16 Tributes

  1. Christopher Cottell
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I am sorry for your loss. I haven’t seen Rocco in many years, but I’ve been reflecting fondly over the memories I have of Rocco from our childhood. I very clearly remember his smile, and how it could light up a room and bring such a positive energy to whatever space he was in. I hope that you are surrounded by friends and family that can help celebrate Rocco’s life and cherish the good memories that we all have of him.

    • Marina Sveinson
      Posted May 12, 2018 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much Christopher. Your thoughts mean a great deal to us. I remember the 1st time you came over to play. You always got on so well together. Friends meant so much to Rocco.

    Posted May 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm | Permalink


  3. Marina Sveinson
    Posted May 12, 2018 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much. We had such good times together. I hold onto them close to me. l have wanted to get in touch with you .My ache for you over Anna has been felt so deeply. I believe in my heart that the good lord has a higher calling for both of them!

  4. Penny Douglass
    Posted May 26, 2018 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Marina, Corey, Colin, and Bruno, so saddened to hear of Rocco’s passing. We all know what a difficult struggle life can be. Our thoughts are with you and hope you can hang on to the memories of the good times.
    You are in our thoughts, The Douglass family
    Penny, Chuck and Andrew

  5. Donna Burry
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Dear Marina & Family,

    Sending our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved son Rocco & brother to Colin & Corey. Our family shared many happy times with your sons while they were all growing up in our neighbourhood!
    May you all reflect on all the happy memories you have of Rocco, you are in our thoughts today & every day!

    Hugs, Donna & family.

  6. Marina Sveinson
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Penny Chuck and Andrew.There are way too many are too many heart broken parents that l know. My thoughts and prayers also go out to you!

  7. Marina Sveinson
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much.It means so much .We do have great memories.l am so thankful for that. Many many friends attended the funeral and it felt like the good old days. I know he’d be smiling down at everyone.Rocco could never say no to “just one more friènd Mom Please.”Thank you again. Marina Bruno and family.

  8. Noreen Rozek
    Posted May 29, 2018 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Dear Marina & family: I was so sorry to read of Rocco’s passing. My sincere condolences to all of you. I remember well the happy days when our children all played together and attended school. It is very hard to understand sometimes how God’s plan for all of us plays out in real life. May your memories of happier times help you through these dark days.

  9. Marina Sveinson
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Noreen.It has been amazing how many people attended the funeral earl or have responded with us. I so appreciate it and hope your family is also well. How l miss those days

  10. Christine
    Posted June 8, 2018 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    I still miss your laugh, it’s been a year or so since I’ve seen you and I’m sorry I lost touch. I’m sorry I wasn’t around I was caught up in life. I remember the happy you. I remember convincing you to come swimming and you having so much fun and laughing so hard. I remember you telling me about your amazing spaghetti and how amazing you were. Thank you friend I wish I could hear your laugh one more time. My heart to your family.

  11. Marina Sveinson
    Posted June 10, 2018 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Christine. I Don’t know if we have ever met but l thank we thank you for your thoughts. We will always remember Rocco for his laughter and compassion for others. Santoro family.

  12. Darren Burry
    Posted June 15, 2018 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    So many great memories growing up in Dufferin. You were always a great friend Rocco and will be missed. Marina my thoughts go out to you, Colin, Cory and Bruno

  13. Marina Sveinson
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Darren. We so appreciate your condolences. You were a big part of all the good memories. We were lucky all of us to have such a good neighborhood. When l think back everyone was like family. I always enjoyed having a houseful. It was like how l grew up. We were all lucky. Thank you again.

  14. Chelsie
    Posted July 6, 2018 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe this!!!! I’m speechless!
    To Rocco’s family! I’m so soooooo sorry for your loss!
    I’m deeply saddened by this 🙁 Rocco was a
    Really close friend to me in such a short amount of time… he was like an older brother to me, helped me threw a lot of hard times, we would just get together and do nothing but chat and listen to good music.
    You see, Rocco was a really good close friend to
    My oldest sister Jennifer Munro who have unfortunately passed away suddenly in 2011 of December. I’m so thankful for the memories he shared with me and the love for her they had in their friendship, he was so helpful and so kind to her when she was going threw troubling times. He’s such a kind soul, highly respected and loved. Rest In Peace buddy say hello to my sister for me xox see you guys up there eventually.

  15. Marina Sveinson
    Posted August 17, 2018 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for a lovely condolence. The best attribute Rocco always had was helping others. No matter who they were he be there. We were proud of him. I am sorry to hear about your sister. It is terribly hard for those left behind.

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