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Rocco James "Rocky" Giordano

June 30, 1958 - January 14, 2021

Rocco “Rocky” James Giordano, 62, of Etowah, NC passed away on January 14,2021 at home in the arms of his “Queen”, after a fierce two-year battle, his second round, with cancer. And what a fight it was.

Rocky was born June 30,1958 in Newark NJ to the late Charles and Anna Giordano.  He was a Veteran of the Army; served as a helicopter mechanic in Fort Hood, TX. Rocky was fondly known as “Sgt.Rock”.

In 2011, he moved to North Carolina with his wife of a decade, Rebecca “Beckie” and his daughters, Rebecca Nicole and Adrianna D. Rocky rode his Harley Road King 900 miles through a blizzard to get here. An epic hardcore adventure. He loved riding his “Iron Horse” and made so many everlasting friendships along the way. To all the brothers and sisters Rocky met on the ride, he loved you all; and “Keep the rubber side down”.

Left to cherish his memory are his “Mom” Selma Giordano of Florida, sisters Anna Marie McPherson, Angela Toth of New Jersey  and Charlene Ferrick of Pennsylvania; three adult children and five grandchildren also of New Jersey; stepson Brandon Ballard (Stephanie); stepdaughter Natasha Lowe (Curt); nine grandchildren and two great-grandsons of North Carolina; a special great-niece Brianna; close in-laws Beverly Skiba and family of Florida, Brenda Penland and family, Ken and Brian Ballard with their families all of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. He was loved and will be missed by so many.

Rocky was larger than life. He never met a stranger, and when he took you into his heart he made you feel loved and special. He was a big teddy bear with a heart of gold; and the best smile in the world.

The family would like to thank Dr. Radford, the wonderful nurses and staff at the Pardee Cancer Center for the great care, love and support all these years.  A special  thank you to Dr. Jablecki for everything over all these years. The family is  forever grateful. The world is a little bit smaller without Rocky here.

A celebration of life will be announced later in the Spring; including great food and Rocky’s old-time rock ‘n roll with nothing, but pictures, love, laughter and tears. Just like he wanted. Please continue to keep the family in your prayers as they learn to love without Rocky.

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