Ronald William “Rocky” Bazillion Sr., age 82, of Buffalo, MN, formerly of Boston, MA, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020.
He was born Nov. 17, 1937, to William and Margaret (Cormier) Bazillion in Lynn, MA.
Rocky grew up in Lynn and attended Lynn English High School, graduating in 1955. He was an excellent athlete, especially in track and basketball.
Due to Rocky’s jumping abilities, he was known as the “Kangaroo Kid.” He went on to play semi-pro basketball, where he was a headliner who still holds scoring records.
Another one of his pursuits was boxing, he won a Golden Gloves Championship in the Light HeavyWeight class in the early 1950s, out of the Lowell Massachusetts Club.
Rocky started working at General Motors in 1964 as a member of the UAW, retiring in 2004.
In 1994, Rocky met his future wife, and they were united in marriage May 5, 1998. They resided in Maryland, until GM asked him to move to Minnesota in 1999.
Rocky was a collector, especially classic movies. Comedies had a special place in his heart.
Rocky was preceded in death by his parents, William and Margaret Bazillion; and his brother, Paul Bazillion.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Brenda; sons, Captain Ronald William Bazillion Jr. and Gerald Michael Bazillion; granddaughter Riley Rose Bazillion; stepchildren John Kevin Thomas Sr., Rhonda Michelle Gibbs; siblings Walter Bazillion and Theresa Durden; godson Ricardo Rhodes; as well as many other family and friends.
Interment in the Eden Prairie Cemetery in Eden Prairie, MN.
Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, MN.