Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
Office: 413-665-4046             Fax: 413-665-0975
John L. Harris
At Phil's request, there will be no services.
SUNDERLAND, MA — Philip J. Rocasah, affectionately known to many as "Tuzzy", 79, of Sunderland, Massachusetts passed away April 28th, 2022, with his loving family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is predeceased by his parents John and Adeline (Yezierski) Rocasah, along with his brother Janek and younger brother Bernie. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years Esther (Mitchell) Rocasah, his loving and devoted children Philip and his partner Mistelle Hannah, his daughter Theresa Dion and son-in-law Danny Dion, which he loved as a son, and his cherished grandchildren Mitchell Rocasah, Shelby Rudek, Tom and Jameson Dion. Additionally he leaves his sister Cecelia Bubrowski, brother Joe Rocasah, and many nieces and nephews.

Phil was born May 7th, 1942, and grew up in North Hadley, where he spent much of his young life fishing on the North Hadley pond. He worked on his grandfather's farm where he cultivated a love of farming, later joining the Future Farmers of America and 4H. He was known as a great tobacco spearer, often traveling to other friends' farms to help with the harvest.

Phil was greatly admired by his many colleagues for his tremendous work ethic. His first jobs were at Coca Cola and Jeffrey's Florist, where he grew a love of gardening which can be reflected in his beautiful home gardens. Phil worked for Daniel O'Connell & Sons for nearly 30 years. His craftsmanship and love of carpentry remains in the many buildings that he helped construct. He was an integral part of many large-scale construction projects that built the Western Massachusetts economy in the 70's and 80's. Some of those projects included Mt. Tom ski area, the wooden roller coaster at Riverside Park, Holyoke Community College, many of the buildings at UMASS, and Monarch Place. After retiring from construction, he continued his career as a model maker for the USGS S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center in the very building he helped construct while working with O'Connell & Sons. After many years there he retired from the job he loved the most.

He was an avid outdoorsman and many of his hobbies were a testament to that. He enjoyed hunting with his son, beekeeping, raising homing pigeons, fishing, and gardening. Phil was a common sight in his children's homes and took great pride in the many hours he spent crafting their homes with his amazing carpentry skills. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed taking them to Junior Flyer Pigeon races, winning multiple 1st place trophies together. Phil never missed a game and was particularly fond of football. His grandchildren spent hours by the poolside with him. What he cherished most was tinkering around and raising a little cain with each of them.

Phil's family would like to give thanks to his many family and friends that supported and visited him, especially Amy Rocasah, Dick Kicza, and Bill Dion. We appreciate Deputy Ray Zukowski and his team from Franklin County Triad Division, Mike Wozniakwicz for your visits, which were beyond amazing. We appreciate the support of Megan Blaney and the staff from Cooley Dickinson VNA.

At Phil's request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northwest Junior Flyers MA, 12 Laurel Road, Haydenville, MA 01039