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Frederick W. Rockelli

Frederick W. Rockelli

Jul 3, 1930 - Dec 16, 2021

Frederick W. Rockelli - Obituary


rederick Rockelli, 91, of Annapolis, MD, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2021. Born on July 3, 1930 in Washington, DC to the late Paul and Alice Anderson Rockelli, Fred graduated from Eastern High School in 1949 then joined the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1953. He was assigned to PC-1168, a Navy patrol craft known as “U.S.S. Teakettle” and featured in the 1951 movie, “You’re in the Navy Now”. After completing his military service, Fred followed a job path that eventually led him to a 25-year career with the Washington Gas Light Company where his co-workers nicknamed him “Rock”. The love of Fred’s life was his late wife, Eleanor, who passed away in 1994. Together they had three daughters who blessed them with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A man of many talents and interests, Fred was especially skilled in drawing, particularly mechanical drawing. When he was finished with his drawing tools, he picked up his construction tools to pursue his passion for building, including a shed, home addition and a built-in swimming pool in his yard. Fred also enjoyed the outdoors, taking annual trips to the beach and the mountains. With a good eye for spotting unique treasures, Fred frequented thrift stores in search of the perfect find. And, fancying himself a musician, Fred took guitar lessons to - as he put it - keep his mind sharp. Fred had a lifelong interest in motorcycles and owned three by his 80th birthday, including his long-time dream, a Harley Davidson with a side car. There are stories of Fred still riding his bikes when he was 89. He was a member of the Annapolis Fleet Reserve Club, American Legion and Loyal Order of Moose. He also enjoyed an intimate circle of friends, including a few retired locals whom he referred to as the “Breakfast Club”. They met each morning for coffee at the McDonald’s in Annapolis. Fred loved staying in touch with former classmates and co-workers too. He attended almost every Class Reunion at Eastern High as well as the annual Quarter Century Club for the Washington Gas Light Company. Fred had a compassionate heart and a zest for life. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed. Friends are invited to join Fred’s family at a graveside service at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22 at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, MD. In light of the recent increases in COVID cases, the family requests attendees to wear masks. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Hwy, Pasadena, MD 21122. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 12pm in the Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Rd., Clinton, MD 20735. Online condolences may be made using the Memories tab on this page.