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Rocco Matthew Giardi
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“My condolences May all who knew and loved your dear loved one, please find comfort and strength in knowing that"God will wipe away the tears from...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: GS - Atlanta, GA

“Rocco was a humble example of a Man, that put his family and friends above himself to the very last breath........ .My fondest memory was when he...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Terry Whitt - Jacksonville, NC

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Giardi family: My sincere sympathy on the passing of Rocky, he and the Giardi families have been friends for years we were both members of St...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: John Smedile - Saint Petersburg, FL

“How saddened we were to hear of Rocco's passing. We, in Beverly, knew Rocco as a gentleman, friend, and great competitor during our high school...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Tom Risoldi - Beverly, MA

“Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Giardi family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Gary Marfongelli - Stratham, NH

“Lots of memories from him growing up in the neighborhood , he was always an all around nice caring guy..RIP ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Dana Harvey - Pelham, NH - friend

“A good friend and football teammate at Salem High. Always looked forward to seeing him at the Salem-Beverly game each Thanksgiving. My condolences to...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Charlie Kochakian - Andover, MA

“Giardi Family, Thoughts and prayers are with you. Rick Whitt ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Rick Whitt

“What a kind man he was. When I would see him out and about, he always had a kind word and a great smile. He will always be part of my childhood...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Wilson - Salem, MA - friend

“As neighbors of Rocco for over 20 years, we found him to be one of the most caring guys we have every known. Even during his illness he cared more...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Al and Joan Halfrey - Salem, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you Evie and all of your family at this difficult time. May Rocco rest in peace.Love and sympathy, Arlene Aubrey ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Arlene Aubrey - Boxford, MA

“An all around great gentleman. I will miss him and the world will miss him. Rest in Peace Rock. Love, CHOP. Will always remember the PLAV, the...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Neil CHOP Brennan - Salem, MA

“So sorry to hear of the passing of our dear friend. Love to Joanne Pattie Kim John and family. Thanks for the memories. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Dot&Dave Courtney - Oceanside, CA

SALEM - Mr. Rocco Matthew Giardi, 77, of Salem, beloved husband of Joan M. (Collatos) Giardi, died Monday, December 14th, 2015 at Salem Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Beverly, he was the son of the late Rocco and Vincenza (Montoni) Giardi. He was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School, class of 1957.

A talented and accomplished athlete, Rocco excelled as a member of the Salem High School Football team. He was a 3 year starter and Captain of the Salem Witches varsity football team. Rocco was driven by leadership and success, most notably for the 7 to 6 win over Beverly during the annual Thanksgiving Day game his senior year. Rocco was a superb and outstanding sportsman throughout his life on both the baseball diamond and football field. He was named an Essex County League All Star in football and a 2nd Team All-State player. He was recognized as one of the toughest and most competitive football players to don the Witches uniform. He excelled as a member of the Varsity Baseball team at Salem High School where he was a 4 year varsity starter and captain. A few of Rocky's athletic accolades include earning 1st team All Star of the Essex County League and All-State Baseball Player.

For his efforts and accomplishments as an athlete, he was inducted into the Salem High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, an honor he truly relished. Rocky's family's reputation is known as one of the greatest athletic families in the history of Salem High School. He was very proud of this honor. He was a devoted supporter of his brother's and nephews' athletic endeavors. He never missed an athletic event played by his grandchildren, and he was always proud of their athletic endeavors. His lifelong love of athletic competition, support of Salem High School athletics, and devotion to his grandchildren will be some of his lifetime hallmarks.

Mr. Giardi was a talented mason who began a long career with Montoni Masonry Construction Company in Beverly where he worked for over 20 years. He was well known for his dedication and proficiency in his field of masonry and construction, having completed many masonry projects around the State of Massachusetts for over 50 years. He was an active member of the bricklayers and mason's union of Boston for over 40 years.

A longtime resident of the City of Salem and a lifetime athlete, Rocco never missed a Salem - Beverly Thanksgiving Game. He was a member of the fast pitch softball league for many years, playing for the Colonials and Ralph's Clippers. He loved spending time at Winter Island in Salem and was a member of the Former St. Mary's Italian Church, also of Salem. He was a member of the Christopher Columbus Society, the PLAV, the Crow II Club of Salem, I.C.C. in Beverly and the Union Club. Even with his tough athletic exterior, he was a caring, kind and supportive friend who will be deeply missed.

Rocky was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle whose dedication and support of his family will be what everyone remembers when they think of him. He will be profoundly missed.

In addition to his loving wife of 56 years, Rocco is survived by his son, Jon R. Giardi of Salem, his two daughters, Patricia (Giardi) Correale and her husband Michael of Peabody and Kimberly (Giardi) Whitt and her husband Terry of Jacksonville, N.C., his six grandchildren, Mandy Maryanski, Michael and Matthew Correale, Justin and Cody Whitt and Shane Walter, his siblings, Marion Chronis, Evelyn Marquis and her husband Norman all of Georgetown, and Al "Butch" Giardi and his wife Jane of Salem, his brother-in-law Sal Orlando of Salem and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. He was also the father of the late Maria Tina Giardi and brother of the late Diane Giardi Orlando.

ARRANGEMENTS: His Funeral will be held from The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common), Salem, Friday, Dec. 18th at 9 A.M., followed by his funeral Mass in Ste. Anne's Church, Jefferson Ave., Salem at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Thursday, Dec. 17th from 4 to 8 P.M. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in Rocco's memory to the North Shore Cancer Center, C/O MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit