ROCCO SCHELZI – in Woburn, May 18th. Beloved husband of Emma F. (Demonico) Schelzi. Devoted father of Michael and his wife Trudy of Concord, Sandra Curran and her husband Jack of Concord, Mark and his wife Brenda of Lynnfield, Larry and his wife Debbie of Lynnfield, Robin Miller and her husband Bill of Andover, David and his wife Joni of Hamilton, and James and his wife Karen of Windham, NH. Dear brother of Mary Errichetti of Cambridge and Ann White of Burlington. Also survived by 23 grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 25th at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no calling hours, and interment is private. Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.
Rocco Schelzi of Woburn, who for over forty years served as President and Treasurer of Wakefield Ready-Mixed Concrete, a major producer of concrete in New England, died peacefully at home on Friday, May 18th. He was the beloved husband of Emma (DeMonico) Schelzi.
A lifelong resident of Woburn, Mr. Schelzi was the son of the late Joseph and Carmella (Bruno) Schelzi. He graduated from Woburn High School in 1938 and later attended Merrimack College in North Andover. In 1978, Mr Schelzi was awarded a Doctorate in Business Administration.
A veteran of WWII, Mr. Schelzi enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1941 and served in China, Burma and India, attainng the rank of Sergeant.
In 1947, after his return from the war, Mr. Schelzi started his own foundation construction company. Then in 1953, Mr. Schelzi acquired Wakefield Ready-Mixed Concrete. Over the next forty years, during his tenure as President, the company grew into one of the largest producers of concrete in New England. In recent years, the company has supplied concrete to many of the area’s largest construction projects.
In 1975, after a gravel truck accident on the Mystic Tobin Bridge shut down the roadway, Mr. Schelzi was appointed to serve as a member of a Government Commission created by Governor Frank Sargent, to undertake a study of truck weights on the roads of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The study resulted in legislation being enacted regulating truck weights on roads and bridges throughout the State.
Mr. Schelzi served for many years as a member of the Woburn Planning Board as well as a Trustee of the Choate Symes Hospital. He also served as a Director of the former Arlington Trust Company. He most recently served as a member of the Board of Visitors at Boston University School of Medicine as well as a member of the President’s Council at Merrimack College.
His lifelong dedication to the concrete industry, lead him and several other producers to create the Massachusets Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association, an organization where he served as president for two terms. Mr. Schelzi also served for many years on the Board of Directors of the National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association. In 1983-1984, he served as Chairman of the Board for the organization which is comprised of over 400 individual members companies throughout the United States and abroad.
Although the concrete business was his primary focus, Mr. Schelzi, also ventured into other business, particularly real estate development. Over the years he built a number of commercial and residential projects in the Greater Boston area. In addition he, along with several other partners, built a trash to energy facility currently operating in Haverhill, MA.
Mr. Schelzi was also a generous donor to many local charitable causes throughout his life, among them the Lahey Clinic in Burlington and the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA in Woburn. He also assisted the Sisters of Notre Dame in the early planning and supervision of their long term care center and was a member of the first Board of Directors.
Mr. Schelzi leaves his wife, Emma, five sons, Michael of Concord, Mark of Lynnfield, Larry of Lynnfield, David of Hamilton and James of Windham, NH, two daughters, Sandra Curran of Concord and Robin Miller of Andover, as well as twenty-three grandchildren and two sisters, Mary Errechetti of Cambridge and Ann White of Burlington.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 25th at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no calling hours, and interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Rocco’s memory to St. Anthony Parish Building Fund, 80 Elm Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or the National Parkinson’s Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.
Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.