Ralph R. ‘Rocky’ DeFazio

Ralph R. “Rocky” DeFazio, 71, passed away suddenly June 16, 2013, at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland.

He was born in Barnesboro, son of the late Louis and Clara (Hanwell) DeFazio.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Judy C. DeFazio, and is survived by many family members and friends.

Ralph was a graduate of Northern Cambria Joint High School in 1960, Penn State University in 1964 and Drexel Institute of Technology in 1966. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Delta fraternity and the Knights of Columbus, where he met many lifelong friends. He was a retired professional engineer and a successful business owner of DeFazio Engineering and Rockway Inc.

He enjoyed fishing, playing the stock market, gardening and tinkering around in the garage, and he always had a project in the works. He was a skilled musician and learned to play many instruments. “Pops” especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was always one for telling stories.

Ralph will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather, a dedicated professional who contributed to his community, and a fun-loving friend who was always willing to lend a hand and lift a spirit.

A remembrance Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellwood, and a celebration of life luncheon will follow at another location. For more information on the luncheon or to express condolences, contact

Arrangements were by Stauffer Funeral Homes, Frederick, Md.