An eternal flame is a small fire that is kept burning as a symbol to show that something will never end; just as the memory of Brad DiCocco and his life will never cease. We’ll always remember his hearty laugh, his nights singing “Sweet Caroline” or “Forever in Blue Jeans,” and the compassion he showed for his family, friends, and loved ones.
Bradley J. DiCocco, 59, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 12, 2015, after a battle with leiomyosarcoma cancer. He is survived by his partner Jill, his brother Bruce and wife Deb, and his three kids Maria and husband Craig, Jeff, and Carly.
While Brad didn’t have many brains, he always had crazy going for him (his words, not ours). He was a man of many talents. A self-proclaimed dog whisperer, he was a menace with a BB gun and target board, and the only man who could get kicked out of an all you can eat buffet. He could eat a full rack of ribs with a fork and knife while driving, but he could never quite figure out his iPhone 4s. He enjoyed Lyncourt donuts every Sunday with family, and he suggests you should too. He was known as the mayor of Bosco’s, then the mayor of Crouse AND Upstate Hospital while he was sick, which meant getting the ambulance to stop at McDonald’s for milkshakes. His favorite song was the classical “Tribute,” by Tenacious D, and he enjoyed singing this at full blast with his three kids.
Throughout life, he reinforced in all of us of his core values; that family is everything, you should judge someone not by what they say, but by what they do, and you choose your attitude. He was especially proud of his kids. He was a fierce friend and a proud man; but through all of his strength, a warm and soft heart did reside. Family, love, honor, and integrity were the values by which he lived his life. He had one of those magnetic personalities. He could make a friend out of a stranger anywhere he went (and did so often). He could fill a room with laughter, his own often rising above the others. His love for his friends and family above all was palpable and steadfast.