Rocco C. DiTullio, age 78

of Hull

Rocco C. DiTullio, age 78

Rocco C. DiTullio, age 78, a longtime resident of Hull, died peacefully, Sunday, November 29, 2020, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Rocco was born in Boston, to the late Esterina M. (Palla) and Rocco DiTullio. He was raised and educated in Arlington and was a graduate of Arlington High School. Rocco had lived in Hull for over fifty years.

He was proud to have served in the United States Air Force during the early 1960s.

Rocco was the well-known owner and operator of Rocco’s Barber Shop on Washington Street in Quincy Point. He established the business in 1968, operating it for forty-six years before retiring in 2014. Rocco loved being a barber and enjoyed many longstanding relationships with loyal customers.

Anyone who knew Rocco experienced his larger than life personality. He was a voice of counsel for many, always available for his customers, relatives, and friends in any adversity they might be experiencing. Rocco had a voice that filled a room with his unmistakable laugh that commanded our attention and lightened our hearts. Rocco had passion and he shared it lavishly with us all, even when it was sharing discoveries like the best way to warm day old pizza to fresh perfection: set the oven to 250 degrees, place the pizza in the oven, take it out just as the preheat finishes.

You always knew how Rocco felt at any given time, he was often a hard man to disagree with, but an easy man to love, and love him we did and do.

Beloved husband of the late Valerie A. (Bythrow) DiTullio.

Devoted father of Rocco C. DiTullio, Jr. and his wife Luci of Rowley, Lawrence A. DiTullio of Hull, and Lisa M. Laverty and her husband Kevin of Essex, Vt.

Loving grandfather of Rocco C. DiTullio III, Catherine R. DiTullio, John L. DiTullio, Anna F. DiTullio, Samantha R. DiTullio, Richard V. Laverty, Krispen J. Laverty, Carl A. Laverty, Roland F. Laverty, Oliver P. Laverty, Augustine L. Laverty, and Paul M. Laverty, and loving father-in-law of Stacy DiTullio.

Longtime companion of Margaret Gianibas of Hull and loving surrogate father to Lisa Harrigan, Terry McDonald, Nick Gianibas and their spouses, and surrogate grandfather to their children.

Rocco is also survived by many dear cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, December 3, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish at Saint Ann’s Church, 208 Samoset Avenue, Hull, on Friday, December 4, at 10 a.m. Those attending the Funeral Mass should register at as occupancy is limited. The Mass will be livestreamed at and St. Mary of the Assumption Parish | Facebook. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Hull Village Cemetery. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Rocco’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701.


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  • We will miss our dear friend, Rocco. Our sympathy and prayers go out to his family. Rocco will always remain a part of our lives. We appreciate his friendship!


    Judy and Dick Hemingway

  • Sorry to see you go my friend ,God bless

  • Rocco was a great and kind person he came to his barbershop on his day off to give my son who was undergoing chemo at the time a much needed haircut. An act of kindness never forgotten . Rest In Peace

  • Super nice guy. Will miss him, especially around the holidays! His presence will be missed greatly. Rest in peace Rocco. Love, the Hansen family.

  • Rocco was a good man and even though I had not seen him in many years I have nothing but good memories of him and my time spent in his barbershop.

  • The most enjoyable times have been spent in his chair.
    I will never find a chair as satisfying. I miss you Rocco.

  • Rocky, so many happy, funny, great memories of the times we had with you. Love you ♥️♥️♥️

  • Marge, so sorry for your great loss. Rocco is finally at peace. No more pain. May God’s blessing and many prayers help you and the family through these difficult days ahead. May the peace of the Lord be with you. God bless.
    Butch and Judy

  • My sincerest condolences to Roccos family. He was a great man that I will always remember. RIP Rocco. You were the best!

  • My mother just informed me that you are gone. You cut my first laptop in 1988. We have been friends ever since and I am sure everybody else will say the same thing about you. Maybe not about the flat top but about being friends 🙂 I am in Denver Colorado or I would come see you tomorrow. Yes Denver again! Florida did not work out as planned . I will try to get a family member to swing on by and give you a pat on the hand for me. You are a great guy a great friend, a kind loving soul we hit it off from day one. Don’t forget the story about the laundromat!!!! I love you Rocco and I will miss you. I will watch your service on Saturday since it is going to be streamed. Rest well my friend I’m sure the funeral home will be packed tomorrow because you touched the lives of many. Well maybe not packed because of this stupid virus but it will be a long line outside waiting to come in and see you. The last time I saw you and Marge was in your home. And I have a picture of you and I that I will hold dearly until it is my time. Once again, I love you my friend.

  • He had the ability to engage you in conversation at a pace that didn’t depend on the time running out. He just figured we would sit together again and resume where we left off. It was a relaxing way to listen and share and connect. When walking by his house you felt that the door was open and time was your friend. It is with that presence of conversation that inspires us to do the same…

  • Rocco was a great guy. Sorry too hear of his passing. Always enjoy my time with him and like my brother always brought him a dunkin coffee.

  • It has been a hard fought battle for our good friend Rocco. He is at peace and united with his dear wife Valerie . We’ve enjoyed our weekly Breakfast meetings, which often included lively discussions and much hearty laughter. We will miss you, Rocco!

  • My deepest sympathy to the DiTullio and Gianibas Families.
    Barbara,John, Micheal &families

  • Rocco.
    Rest In Peace with your God and everyone that got to know you. You are a special experience. I was lucky enough to get to know the many others that loved you too! I will truly miss you. See you on the other side my uncle!

    Lee and Ana

  • I loved meeting you if only for one day. We were instantly family and I enjoyed keeping in touch. Sending love to all of you.

  • We just watched his beautiful mass online. Truly befitting such a well-loved man. Our deepest sympathies go out to all who loved Rocco, especially Lisa, Kevin and grandsons. May your many happy memories console you.

    Love to all, Karen and Gerry

  • I have gone back and forth with this today regarding making another entry. I attended a live stream funeral for the first time ever and I got to tell you … I’ve never experienced anything like this and for the majority of it, was kinda like watching every thing else on a monitor… That’s the world we live in… But when the family got up and got around Rocco and rolled his casket out of the church… It was just like being there and the tears just flowed down my eyes. I think having a camera there for the funeral is wonderful since we stream everything else under the sun. I have closure, which I would not have been able to have being here in Denver Colorado without this technology. Pretty powerful. And properly in closing… Once again. Rocco I love you and thank you for enlightening my life and I will miss you. You don’t get to say this about too many people in life but… Rocco was awesome 🙂

  • I’m so sorry for your family’s loss, Lisa. We’re thinking about you all, and sending peace.
    Jen, Christopher, and Kelsea

  • Rocco a class act a man you just loved my heart is with all of you