Death – London, Ont. Soccer legend Rock Basacco passes away

Death – Obituary


A man who guided the Western Mustangs Soccer team to back-to-back National Championships in 1998, and 1999 has passed away.


Rocco, “Rock” Basacco who spent 21 years as the head coach of the Mustangs Soccer team before retiring in 2018, died on Christmas Eve surrounded by his family.


The man who always had a smile on his face, and impacted thousands of lives, led the Mustangs to nine appearances at Nationals capturing five medals.


The man who spent 37 years as a high school teacher was a star on the pitch as well earning Ontario All-Star honours in 1976, and 1977, and was inducted into the W Club Hall of Fame in 2000. 


Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel in London, Ont. Wednesday before a funeral on Thursday .


Due to COVID-19 protocols, those wishing to attend will be required to register online and show proof of vaccination and Photo ID upon arrival.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.