For the past 20 years, a man named Roque “Rocky” Abalsamo did something every day that is simply heart melting. In 1993, his wife of 35 years, Julia “Julita” Echeverria Abalsamo, passed away tragically. Ever since that fateful day, he has sat by her grave in St. Joseph Cemetery in Boston, MA. He didn’t eat. He didn’t drink. All Rocky did was brave the heat, rain, cold and snow to be by his wife’s side.
Rocky had been with Julita since 1937, and he never wanted to experience a day without her.
Rocky and Julita met in in their native Buenos Aires during the 1930’s. They were in a cafe with their backs to each other and Rocky simply heard Julita talking to her friends about the soul, life and goodness – at that moment, Rocky realized that he needed to know the person he heard, a woman full of so much love and passion. Since that moment, the two have been inseparable. They lived a happy life together, marrying in the spring after they had met. They had two children and they moved to the United States in 1971.
But suddenly, tragedy struck without warning. Out of nowhere, Julita fell ill and needed urgent heart surgery. After the surgery, Julita sadly passed away due to complications. Rocky’s world was turned upside down without her and he needed to be close to his wife. So he began his daily vigil next to Julita’s grave that would last for more than two decades.
Rocky didn’t do this for fame or attention but he became a local celebrity after The Boston Globe wrote a story about him. He had visitors at the cemetery who would bring him clothes or food. Sometimes, they would even just stop to talk and keep Rocky company. No matter how long the visit was, everyone who met him was moved by the deep love he had for his wife.
Sadly, Rocky died on January 22nd after fighting an illness for 6 months. He was 97 years old. Although his family will dearly miss him, one thing is entirely clear: after more than 20 years, he and Julita are now finally reunited.
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