Anthony F. DiRocco, Jr. loved West Goshen Township. Born March 12, 1937, Tony grew up in the area and went to West Chester High School before working for the West Goshen Police Department for 38 years while achieving the rank of Sergeant. Upon retiring from the Police Department, DiRocco continued working for the Township as Facility Maintenance Manager for the new Municipal Complex from 2000 through 2014. “I can’t imagine he’s not the longest serving West Goshen Township employee ever,” says West Goshen Police Chief Michael P. Carroll.
“The biggest thing that stands out about Tony is he knew everyone in West Goshen Township and everyone knew him,” Chief Carroll continues. On June 6, 2022, he died peacefully at Friends Home in Kennett Square. “Tony was a jokester,” recalled Chief Carroll. “He loved telling jokes and making people laugh. I don’t think there was ever a time he wasn’t telling jokes.” “He was one of the strongest guys I know,” adds former West Goshen Supervisors Edward G. Meakim, Jr.
A loyal member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Fraternal Order of Police, Tony exemplified police service to many of his fellow officers.
“I wish there were more Tony DiRoccos,” explains Chief Carroll. “I don’t think there ever will be. We won’t forget him.”