John “Rocky” Solitario of Wilmington

John “Rocky” Solitario, 86, of Wilmington, died Sunday, May 6, at the Chester County Hospital.

John Solitario

Born in Phoenixville, he was the son of the late John Solitario and the late Mary Vincent Solitario.

Rocky was a self-employed landscaper. Prior to that, he was in the excavation and construction business.

He was an avid hunter, enjoyed gardening, watching sports on TV and enjoyed being with his family and friends. In his earlier years he was a Golden Gloves champion and also was a semi-pro baseball and football player.

He is survived by three children, Constance Lee Morrell and her husband Steven of Denver, Colo., JoAnne Stephens and her life partner, John Berster of Wilmington, and Patrick E. Solitario and his wife Lane J. of Lancaster; one sister, Frances Maute of Royersford; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Rocky was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

You are in invited to visit with his family and friends from 10 to 11 on Saturday morning, May 12, at the Brandywine Valley Baptist Church, 7 Mount Lebanon Road, Wilmington, DE. His Memorial service will follow. Burial was held privately.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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