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ROCCO J. CARBONE, FIREFIGHTER, BOXER

A Mass of Christian Burial for Rocco J. Carbone, a retired firefighter and accomplished amateur boxer, will be offered at noon Tuesday in St. Teresa's Catholic Church, 1974 Seneca St. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Carbone, 64, of South Buffalo, died Friday (May 16, 2003) in Mercy Hospital.

He was with the Buffalo Fire Department from 1973 to 1986 and was a member of the Western New York Retired Firefighters Association. He also was a cement finisher.

Carbone won a Golden Gloves championship in the bantam weight division in 1956, winning both the novice and the open competition the same night in Memorial Auditorium. He was a member of Ring 44, Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association.

Born in Buffalo, Carbone attended McKinley High School and Boys Vocational High School and studied electrical technology at Erie Community College.

Carbone served in the U.S. Army Infantry from July 1959 to May 1961 and was stationed for 13 months in Korea.

He was an usher at St. Teresa's Church.

Carbone enjoyed swimming at the Cazenovia pool and weekly lunches with friends in DiTondo's Tavern.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, the former Rita Mirco; a son, Rocco A. of Hamburg; his mother, Dina of Buffalo; two sisters, Mary Deuschle of West Seneca and Anna Ketchum of Williamsville; four brothers, Anthony of Rochester, Dominic of Getzville, John of Hamburg and Joseph of Buffalo.

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