Stanley P. Roketenetz Jr.

May 25, 2021

Stanley P. Roketenetz Jr.

Stanley P. Roketenetz Jr.- of Lynnfield, formerly of Woburn, Tuesday, May 25th. Beloved husband of the late Harriet M. (Ruggles) Roketenetz. Devoted father of Peter M. Roketenetz, his wife Barbara of Woburn and Paula Salem, her husband Joel of Lynnfield. Dear brother of the late Joseph, Alexander, Adam, Peter and Michael Roketenetz. Cherished grandfather of Jonathan of NYC, Elyssa Roketenetz of RI and Zackary and Ashley Salem of NH. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 3 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1st, in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. All attending calling hours are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. At the families request, we kindly ask that all guests wear a mask. All other services are private. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Stanley’s name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Liburn, GA 30047

Stanley P. Roketenetz Jr. passed away peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, MA on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 91 years of age.
Stanley was born in Woburn on December 23, 1929. He was the youngest of 6 sons born to the late Mary (Chedlowski) and Stanley Roketenetz who made their home on New Boston Street in the north end of the city.
Stanley graduated from Woburn High School with the class of 1947. He went on to study at Suffolk University and Suffolk Law School, where he graduated with his law degree in 1953. He always liked to tell the story of how he actually passed the Bar Exam before he graduated from law school! Stanley practiced law throughout the remainder of his life.

As a young man, he met his wife and best friend, Harriet “Pat” (Ruggles), and they were married on June 30, 1956. Together they raised a son, Peter, and a daughter, Paula. They made their home in Woburn until their children were grown at which time they moved to Lynnfield, MA. Although he resided in Lynnfield, Stanley’s heart always was in Woburn. Stanley and Pat enjoyed traveling to many fun and exciting destinations, but mostly enjoyed family trips to Disney World and several family cruises. Sadly, Harriet passed away in 2015. Her passing left an emptiness in his life that just could never be completely filled.

Nothing was more important to Stanley than family. Family had a very broad meaning to him. Immediate or extended, friendships and acquaintances. To him everyone was family. Anytime of day or night, he was always ready to lend a helping hand, offer advice, and help people get back on the right track.

In addition to practicing law for over 67 years, Stanley was actively involved as a consultant in the family businesses with his brothers and nephews. During Stanley’s very young years, the Roketenetz family had a piggery in North Woburn. He would often comment on how he would have to wake up in the middle of the night as a young man to be sure the pigs were taken care of before heading off to school, and eventually off to Boston to attend Suffolk. He was always very proud of the strong work ethic that his parents and brothers instilled in him. He was convinced it was their encouragement that pushed him to be the successful lawyer and businessman that he would become.
Over the years they would dissolve the piggery business and go on to develop and grow what would become Ace Disposal, Inc., Allied Cartage (also known as Ace Allied), and more recently Acme Waste Systems. He always had great respect for the hard work his brothers and nephews put into making each of the businesses such a success over the years. He was very proud of all of them.

Stanley was most proud of his children and grandchildren. He was always eager to brag about any and all accomplishments to anyone who would listen. Not a day would pass without him “checking in” to be sure everyone was ok and to catch up on the latest news about all of them.

Stanley was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet (Ruggles), his mother Mary, father Stanley, and 5 brothers; Joseph, Alexander, Adam, Michael, and Peter. He is survived by his children; Peter M. Roketenetz and his wife Barbara of Woburn, Paula Salem and her husband Joel of Lynnfield, his grandchildren; Jonathan Roketenetz of NYC, Elyssa Roketenetz of Rhode Island, and Zackary Salem and his wife Ashley of New Hampshire. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1st, in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. At the families request, we kindly ask that all guests wear a mask. All other services are private. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Stanley’s name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Liburn, GA 30047.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 3 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1st, in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. All attending calling hours are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. At the families request, we kindly ask that all guests wear a mask. All other services are private. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Stanley’s name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Liburn, GA 30047

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  1. Dan Roketenetz

    My Uncle Stan was more than an uncle. He was a mentor and friend. He got me interested in law when I was a teenager. I remember going into the old farm office and looking through his law books. And the smell of those leather bound volumes was something I’ll never forget. After college he helped me get into Suffolk University Law School, his alma mater. Over the years since I graduated in 1968 he had been a rock in my life. I could always depend on him for advice and counsel. Diane and I loved him dearly and he will be missed but always remain forever in our memories.

  2. Joanne & Ken Ryan Jr.

    Condolences to the Roketenetz family. Your dad was a special man and I am so sad to hear of his passing! He was more than just my attorney, he was my friend and someone whom I looked up to. – Joanne & Ken Ryan Jr.

  3. Irene and Joe Simas

    Peter and Paula,

    Your Dad was such a nice man, a real gentleman.
    Whenever we would meet at a Lions event and chat, he always made you feel like you were important.
    He will be missed.
    Peace be with you and your family in the days ahead.

  4. Marie Zimmerman

    Dear Paula, Peter and family. We are so sorry to hear of you dad’s passing. He and your mom were good friends to my mother and father. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Marie (Simeone) and Burt Zimmerman

  5. Pat Kenney and Family

    So sorry for your loss. Stanley was a wonderful friend and a great lawyer.

  6. Samantha Marasca

    Peter and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Uncle babe was such a wonderful man, and I will cherish my memories of and with him forever. I know my papa welcomed his baby brother home with open arms. Rest easy uncle babe, love you more.

  7. Janice Prince

    Peter,

    So sorry for your loss. May all of your happy memories give you and your family comfort during this difficult time.

  8. Peter, Barbara, Paula, Joel, Jonathan, Elyssa, Zack and Ashley, I am so sorry for your loss. Stanley helped me a great deal over the years and I always enjoyed my time with him. I hope your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. Love Babs

  9. Robert H Mc Donough Jr

    To the Roketenetz family; I am so saddened to see the passing of Stanley, he was a very nice professional business gentlemen; I had the pleasure to take care of his banking for many years at the Woburn National Bank; he was a wonderful client. You are all in my prayers during this sad and difficult time.

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