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Rocco “Rocky” Fonce Sr.

January 26, 1958 — January 28, 2024


Rocco “Rocky” Fonce Sr.

Rocco “Rocky” Fonce Sr. of Niles passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 5:15 p.m. in Community Skilled Health Care Center after a short illness. He was 66 years old.

Rocky was born in Warren on January 26, 1958, the son of the late John P. and Anne Cicciarelli Fonce.

He was a 1976 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. Following high school, Rocco attended the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Academy, graduating in 1982.

Mr. Fonce began his career as a Reserve Deputy in the sting unit of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department. He continued his career as a patrolman for Bazetta Township Police Department and as a detective with the Brookfield Police Department. Following his service to these townships, Rocky went on to be a dispatcher and supervisor for Trumbull County 911 Services. He retired from Trumbull County CSEA as a customer service representative.

He is of Methodist faith. Mr. Fonce was a member of the International Tactical Police Training Unit; a police firearms and tactical instructor being trained in armed and unarmed self-defense. In his spare time Rocky was a licensed HAM Radio Operator. Most importantly he loved spending time with his kids.

He is survived by 2 daughters, Rochelle (Kevin) DeOliveira of Walton Hills, OH and Genevieve Fonce and her fiancé Jonathan Meyers of Canfield, OH; a son Rocco Fonce Jr. and his wife Dr. Meghan Fonce of Medina, OH; a sister, Jonna (Jim) Sherock of Niles; a grandson, Noah. In addition, he is survived by his ex-wife and longtime friend Rhonda Fonce of Champion.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

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A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Inurnment will take place in Champion Twp. Cemetery.

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