Life Story: Rocco Peter Terranova, 55; Owned Frank’s Auto Body, Avid Outdoorsman

Rocco Peter Terranova, 55, passed away surrounded by his family on March 24 at St. Peter’s University Medical Center in New Brunswick.

Mr. Terranova was born February 10, 1964 in Newark to the late Thomas and Patricia (Medeiros) Terranova. Rocco was raised in Irvington and relocated in his teens to Edison. He settled in Franklin Park, shortly after marrying his wife Paula.

Rocco owned and operated Frank’s Auto body and Frame Specialists in North Brunswick for 25 years. He was a member of the North Brunswick Italian-American Club and the Southern Tug Hill Sno-Rider’s Club. He was also a parishioner at St. Matthias Church in Somerset. Rocco was a motorist and an outdoorsman; he loved snowmobiling, fishing boating, 4-wheeling and motorcycling, just to name a few. Rocco was surely adored by his mom and was known to her as “Sonny Boy.” He was a devoted husband, a loving father, a caring brother, a fun uncle and a helpful friend; he will be sincerely missed by so many.

Rocco is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Paula Terranova, and their four daughters, Jessica, Melissa, Samantha and Angelina Terranova. He is also survived by his siblings, Tammy Terranova, Tom Terranova and his wife Theresa, Patrice Raspa and her husband Nino and brother, Michael McCoy and his wife Stacey, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends may visit from 3-8 p.m. March 29 at Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton Street, Somerset.

A Funeral Mass will be held 1-:30 a.m. March 30 at St. Matthias Church in Somerset. Committal services will follow at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick.

In addition to flowers, please consider donations in Mr. Rocco Peter Terranova’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, www.stjude.org/donate.


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