Joseph A. Bocco

Mr. Bocco, 69, of Freehold, died Nov. 18, 2007, at home after a long struggle with cancer. Born in Jersey City, he was raised in Hoboken before joining the United States Air Force. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, and a master’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Bocco worked at Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, in various positions including project director and pilot plant manager. He later taught computer science and mathematics at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft section of Middletown. He was a private pilot and an avid world traveler. He was also a car and motorcycle enthusiast, as well as a craftsman who enjoyed building furniture for his family. A lifelong student, he taught himself several languages. Mr. Bocco was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mildred Hartung Bocco. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Donna; two daughters and a sonin law, Alessandra and Garrett Rafferty of Jersey City, and Arianna Bocco of New York City; a sister, Barbara Bocco Bucher of Fort Lee; and a granddaughter, Saorla Rafferty. A memorial service was held at Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township. Interment was private. Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Central Jersey, 141 Bodman Place, Red Bank, NJ 07701 (; or the Regional Cancer Center at Holy Name Hospital, 718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (