WILTON — Jake Sommer remembers the bonfires, the video games and “Friday evening dance events” together with his longtime pal, George DiRocco.
Associates since fifth grade, Sommer says DiRocco all the time discovered methods to unfold a optimistic vibe.
Sommer and different Wilton Excessive College classmates have been struggling to remain upbeat since DiRocco’s unexpected death on Monday.
“I believe this world simply misplaced a really particular individual,” Sommer mentioned.
DiRocco, 16, died from an “undetected coronary heart situation,” according to an obituary notice. The state’s Chief Medical Examiner’s workplace is conducting an post-mortem and mentioned Thursday the reason for loss of life is “nonetheless pending additional research.”
Sommer, 16, recalled many good recollections he had with DiRocco, together with bonfires at his house and simply sitting round and speaking.
“George’s dad was a coach, and after observe, we had what we known as ‘Friday evening dance events’ the place we performed football-kickball, that’s kickball utilizing a soccer, with a soccer cone used for house plate,” he mentioned.
Sommer will all the time bear in mind DiRocco for his upbeat character.
“He had a optimistic perspective and tried to make everybody pleased in his personal particular method,” he mentioned.
Wilton Excessive classmate, Sean Wiseman, 16, agreed.
“George all the time had a smile on his face and lightened up the room. I don’t assume I ever heard something imply or unfavorable from him, and that’s what made him particular to me. He was there to cheer and luxury you. He actually was only a spectacular pal and I’m actually going to overlook him,” he mentioned.
A memorial to honor DiRocco was arrange by 30 of his buddies throughout two parking areas within the junior parking zone at Wilton Excessive College. A hand-crafted poster says, “Relaxation in Peace George.”
A GoFundMe page has been arrange for the DiRocco household, with greater than $41,000 raised as of Thursday morning.
DiRocco was born and raised in Wilton the place he performed soccer and was a star participant for the Wilton Excessive College baseball crew.
“He was the kind of child who would do something you requested,” soccer coach E.J. DiNunzio mentioned. “He was all the time a pleasure to be round. As a coach, you all the time prefer to have gamers like George.”
DiRocco, described in his obituary as a “longtime” Dallas Cowboys and New York Mets fan, is survived by his dad and mom, Arthur and Deborah DiRocco, and his siblings Nikolas, Arthur (R2), Victoria, and Kayla.
“George cherished to each watch and play sports activities with family and friends, when not taking part in Xbox with buddies or working across the yard together with his beloved canines he was making everybody in his world chuckle,” his obituary reads.
A funeral service might be held at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Cemetery, 81 Riverside Ave., Norwalk. The household can even maintain a memorial service at a later date.
The Wilton Warrior Gridiron Membership has arrange a scholarship fund in George DiRocco’s reminiscence to go to a teammate who demonstrates selflessness on and off the sphere.