|This Sunday's race is dedicated to the memory of Rocky
Cassone Jr. (left in this picture from 1976) who died of natural causes, at the age
of 45, at ACE Motocross on this racing day.
The sudden passing of Rocky is a
huge loss for many people in our district because, as evident from the picture above,
Rocky was a long term district 34 motocrosser. But Rocky's love of sport was
no match for his love of people. He showed it to you with his warm greetings, his
self-effacing humor, the sincerity in his eyes and his soft smile. Yes, Rocky loved people
more than he loved anything else on this earth. And that's what hurts so much right now.
This was a towering man and his loss leaves us feeling alone and confused. And
that's all that really needs to be said right now. So godspeed Rocky. You
lived your life on this earth exactly the way your maker had hoped you would and for that
you can be certain of eternal peace and happiness.
Note: The above picture was taken 29 years ago when Rocky was only 16 years
old. The rider to the right in this picture (#144) is John Barton, the current
president of ACE Motocross. This picture was handed to me by Rocky himself only 2 years
ago. It was a treasure to him and he wanted it scanned and preserved. What a
smile I got when he saw it go up on the web !
Funeral arrangements can be found on the ACE Message board.