Rocco Proia passed suddenly on June 6, 2022, age 69. He was born in Arce, Italy and came to the USA with his mother when he was 6 months old. He lived the rest of his life in Newton.

Son of the late Joseph and Maria (Marzilli) Proia, he leaves behind his wife Dianne (Barton), the love of his life. They were married for over 36 years. He also leaves his siblings Lucy of Newton and Philip of Bellingham; his sisters-in-law Virginia Proia of Newton, Lea Roy of Newton and Sonia Proia of Bellingham. 

Rocco was a very kind, compassionate and generous man who had a heart as big as he and was always there to lend a helping hand to everyone.

He was a devoted uncle who cherished his nephews and nieces especially Joseph "JD" Proia and Christopher and Catherine "Catie" Proia-Roy. Their hearts are broken with his passing. He loved them immensely and was there to guide and encourage them, rejoice in their accomplishments, and give them hugs and kisses when they were down. No one will ever replace him. 

Rocco ran his own gas station after graduating from Newton North High School. He also helped his brother run his construction business before he left to take care of his mother in her later years, thus avoiding having to place her in a nursing home.

Rocco loved to fish, hunt, cook and plant vegetables in his garden, always sharing what he had with others. He had a flair for entertaining people with his stories. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.


He is also survived by his mother-in-law Elizabeth Barton.

In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by his siblings Larry Proia and Joseph Proia Jr. and by his father-in-law John Barton.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, June 9, in the funeral home from 4-7pm. On the next day, Friday, June 10, a Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home at 11:30AM. At the conclusion of the service, we will drive in procession to Newton Cemetery for burial. 

May the angels welcome you home, Rocco and may our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, bless you and restore the peace that was so violently taken from you.