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Rocco A. Celeste dies at 86

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I am posting this with a heavy heart today.

I have personally known Rocco A. Celeste for well over 30 years and I called him Uncle Rocky out of deep respect.

I will miss his friendship, wise counsel,caring ways, and his great sense of humor. Thanks for all you did for JL and MDA and Jerry's Kids.

Rocco was the one who came up with the idea for summer camp for Jerry's Kids and started the first summer camp in Buffalo, NY:

I have been very honored and proud to have known him for as long as I did.



Your friend in Dystrophy
Margaret Ann Galasso( Annie)

please see the following below:

Rocco A. Celeste, MDA regional director, firefighter

Updated: 08/15/08 6:47 AM

Nov. 17, 1921 Aug. 13, 2008

Rocco A. Celeste, the regional director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Jerry Lewis Telethon for a quarter of a decade, died Wednesday in his East Aurora home. He was 86.

Mr. Celeste was born in Buffalo and grew up on the city's West Side. During World War II, he served as a private first class in the Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Mr. Celeste became a Buffalo firefighter. He also began doing volunteer work for muscular dystrophy.

He developed the idea for the "Fill the Boot" fundraising campaign, which caught on nationally. The Muscular Dystrophy Association recruited him to become a regional director for the Buffalo area.

After 25 years, Mr. Celeste retired from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He then put his fundraising skills to work again by becoming the national telethon director for the March of Dimes, a position he held for 10 years.

Mr. Celeste also served as president and director of the Erie Community College Foundation. He was past president of the St. Francis Geriatric Center Foundation.

He was an auxiliary member of the Erie County Sheriff's Office and was a member of the Buffalo Canoe Club.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, the former Suzanne Childs; a daughter, Laurie Olivia; two sons, Rocco and James; a brother, Jean Coniglio; and a sister, Alice Luongo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a. m. Aug. 30 in St. Mary Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.

Edited by NuttyJerryFan, 01 September 2008 - 11:51 AM.
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So sorry to read about his passing. My thoughts & prayers are with his family.




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Oh, wow, I'm sorry to hear that. sad.gif I really don't know who he was, so thanks for posting that. I wonder if there will be a tribute to him, or a mention?

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