Destin, FL — Umberto Rudolph (Rudy) Cocchiarella, age 88, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 at Crystal Bay Senior Living, Destin FL. He was born June 9, 1924, in Newark, NJ, to Angelo M. Cocchiarella and Rosina Petella Cocchiarella. Rudy was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Louis, Otell, and Napoleon, and one sister, Mafalda.
Rudy is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Leonie Schnellmann Cocchiarella, three children, Carol Cocchiarella of Ventura CA; Claude Cocchiarella and wife, Diane, of Niceville FL; and Carl Cocchiarella and wife, Kate, of Vail CO. Also surviving are grandchildren Kristin, Robbie, Tucker and Rachel and two sister in-laws, Lucy of Cantonsville, MD and Barbara from Kearny, NJ.
Rudy attended Newark College of Engineering from 1941 – 1943. On June 22, 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a member of Company B 380th Engineering Combat Battalion. Upon his honorary discharge on March 4, 1946, he continued his education at Princeton University, graduating in 1947 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
Rudy had an extensive engineering career the next 35 years managing diverse engineering development projects of major marine/industrial complexes in Europe, North Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, the Bahamas, the Canadian Artic, Greenland Iceland, Alaska, and eastern/western areas of the United States.
Rudy moved his family to picturesque Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1969. Soon after, Rudy’s interest from training received in his teens on classical traditions of oil painting at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts surfaced. Rudy began painting evenings and weekends capturing the changing marine waterfront and seascapes of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. In the 1980’s Rudy’s painting efforts became his primary focus as he expanded from just painting waterfront/seascapes scenes to wildlife/waterfowl/ flowers/sporting activities/portrait scenes. His attention to background detail and color preserved hundreds of beautiful scenes on canvas. His paintings are hung in private and commercial collections in New England, New York Metropolitan Area, the Midwest, Southwest, Rocky Mountain Area, Texas, Florida, California, and Massachusetts.
Rudy enjoyed playing golf, sailing, fishing, and was a superb dancer, always the first on the dance floor with his wife, Leonie, when the music started.
ARRANGEMENTS: No service will be held. A private family memorialization will be held at a later date.
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