SALEM — Rocky Loughe, 52, of Salem, passed away peacefully at Ledgewood Nursing Home in Beverly, February 6, 2013, following a long illness.
Rocky spent his teenage years at the Plummer Home for Boys in Salem where he formed a special bond with John McCarthy (“JM”), Director of the home. JM became Rocky's surrogate father and the two remained close until JM's passing a few years ago.
A graduate of Salem High School and Franklin Institute of Boston, Rocky majored in automotive technology. Rocky worked for many years at Dave and Jack's gas station in downtown Salem where he can be remembered for his outgoing personality and off-the-cuff humor. He later worked as a construction foreman for New England Power Service Company for many years until his health issues forced him to leave a job he truly loved.
Rocky is survived by his loving wife, Lisa (DeDonato) Loughe, and beautiful daughters, Renee and Rochelle of Salem; a brother, Andrew Loughe of Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Charity Wilson of Utah; and a mother-in-law, Claudette (Frechette) DeDonato of Salem.
Rocky enjoyed working on cars, fishing (especially with his daughter), sports and repairing computers. Spending time with his family gave him the greatest pleasure. He will be best remembered for his upbeat attitude, positive outlook on life, and being the life of the party.
ARRANGEMENTS: A period of remembrance will be held in Berube & Sons Funeral Home, 191 Lafayette St. (Rt.1A/114), Salem, Sunday from 4-7 p.m. A memorial Mass will be held Monday, February 11, at 10 a.m. in Ste. Anne's Church, 290 Jefferson Ave., Salem. Burial will be private.