Rocco E. Julian

  • Born: January 3, 1933
  • Died: March 23, 2018
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Anthony G. Staab Funeral Home

900 Chartiers Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Tel. (412) 921-1705

Tribute & Message From The Family

Age 85, of Ingram, formerly of Elliott, peacefully at Family Hospice and Palliative Care, on Friday, March 23, 2018. Born to Elizabeth and Rocco E. Julian, Sr., in Pittsburgh on January 3, 1933. Beloved husband of 62 years to Patricia A. (Zehfuss) Julian; loving father of Richard (Kathleen), Ronald (Deborah), and Nancy (John) Schneider; "PopPop" of Erika Airhart, Robert and Emily Julian and Shelby Schneider; great-grandfather of Christopher and Breanna Airhart; brother of Peter (late Linda), Marie (late Fred) Richards, Thomas (Debbie) and the late Albert (Viola still surviving), Victor, Teresa (Anthony) DeLellis, Helen Giuliani, Anthony (Dorothy still surviving) and Joseph Julian. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Roc graduated from St. James High School, West End, and played on the 3 time-state Class B PCIAA championship basketball team, that won 66 consecutive games between 1949 and 1952. He attended Duquesne University and played on the 1954 runner up NIT team. He served in the US Army, and after the end of his military service worked for the City of Pittsburgh for 35 years as a Parks and Recreation center director, retiring in 1995. Roc enjoyed working with kids and directing youth programs while working throughout the city of Pittsburgh, including assignments at Olympia Park in Mt. Washington, the Market House in the Southside, and Cowley Field in Troy Hill. He enjoyed all types of sports, puzzles and word searches. Friends received Monday, 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at ANTHONY G. STAAB FUNERAL HOME INC., 900 Chartiers Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15220. Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10:00 the Ascension Worship Site of St. Philip Parish. Burial to follow in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery with full military honors.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Posted by Aperature Science    March 30, 2019

He was cool and nice we called him poppop

Posted by Christopher Airhart - Pittsburgh, PA   February 13, 2019

To the Julian Family:

I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that God will give you all comfort and strength.

Posted by Rhonda (Wolbert) Rogers - Cambridge, OH - Friend   March 27, 2018

On behalf of anyone who laced up their Keds or Converse at Olympia Park in the late 60's and early 70's, we are all indebted to the lessons Rocco taught us about life and basketball during his days as Rec Director at the park. He was quietly coaching a lot of us St. Mary's Mounties how to "really" play the game. Never was their mention about all his accomplishments at St. James and Duquesne. He was a man we all looked up to and admired for his presence in our life. May he Rest in Peace.

Max McBride (and All Gym Rats from the Mount)
Phoenix, Az.

Posted by A friend   March 27, 2018

You have our deepest sympathies. We pray in your behalf, and we look forward to the day when we will welcome back our loved ones on a Paradise earth. Psm 37:29

Posted by A friend   March 26, 2018

My deepest condolences to your family

Posted by Kim Evans - Pittsburgh, PA   March 25, 2018

Thoughts and prayers during your time of sorrow.May your family find comfort, knowing that he has been called home, is snuggled in he arms of his Creator, and is now free of pain. He was a true gentleman, in every way. God Bless.

Posted by Raymond Adomonis - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend   March 24, 2018