Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ROCCO MORABITO; A Picture-Perfect Pro

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ROCCO MORABITO; A Picture-Perfect Pro

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One of the great journalists in Jacksonville history died Sunday.

For 42 years, Rocco Morabito recorded life in Jacksonville like no one else could.

He wouldn't call himself a journalist, more like a working man who took pictures, a shooter.

And what a man he was.

A kind man.

A hard-working man.

A humble man.

A religious man who loved his Catholic faith.

A good father and husband.

A World War II veteran of over 30 combat missions as a turret gunner in a bomber. And like most of his generation, he didn't talk much about it.

In the 1970s, the Jacksonville Journal was filling up with young baby boomers. Mr. Morabito would accompany them on assignments. In his unassuming way, he would make a wonderful colleague and companion.

Long before the term "find your bliss," he found a profession as a newspaper photographer that was blissfully made for him.

He knew most of the people in town, it seemed. There were always smiles on their faces when Mr. …

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