Rocco J. DiDonato Jr.

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Rocco J. DiDonato Jr., 70

PORTLAND - Rocco J. DiDonato Jr., 70, of State Street, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at Mercy Hospital, with his loving family by his side.

Rocco was born in Portland on Oct. 7, 1947, the son of the late Rocco J. Sr. and Phyllis G. (Smith) DiDonato. He graduated from Portland High School in the Class of 1966.

Rocco spent his entire adult life working for the Portland Diocese; he was custodian at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for 33 years and at Sacred Heart Church for 17 years. He was a common sight on the altar as a server, doing many Masses for daily Mass, weddings and funerals.

Rocco also was an amazing musician. Self-taught, he played -- completely by ear -- instruments that included harmonica, accordion, piano, and the organ.

He played the organ at the Cathedral and also had the opportunity to play the Kotzchmar Organ at Merrill Auditorium, and could often be heard volunteering his time to play the piano in the lobby of Maine Medical Center. Not only was he proficient at playing, but he could tune pianos and organs.

Rocco also was an amazing artist, doing portraits of people and mosaic work. He volunteered for 16 years at Maine Medical Center, doing Pastoral services.

Rocco was a lifelong communicant of the Catholic Church and had a very strong faith. He will long be remembered as a kind, generous, and giving person who was always willing to help others.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Seventy-Five State Street and Seaside Nursing Center Wing 1 and 2 for the kindness and care extended to their brother.

Rocco was predeceased by a brother, William DiDonato. He is survived by three sisters, his twin Phyllis "Marie" Wiley-Cushman, of Steep Falls; Mary, and her husband Tim Cummings, of Littleton; and Donna, and her husband Philip Cox, of Portland; two brothers, Frank DiDonato, and his companion Virginia Anderson, of Portland; and Robert, and his wife Mary DiDonato, of Portland; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Visiting hours and celebration of Rocco's life will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. at the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. To view Rocco's memorial page, or share an online condolence, visit:

Those who wish may make contributions in Rocco's memory to:
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
307 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

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Conroy Tully Walker Funeral Homes and Cremation Services
172 State Street
Portland, ME 04101
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 1, 2017
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