Rocky Tollefsen

Stephen Robert “Rocky” Tollefsen, who was known as the unofficial mayor of Hastings, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 10, at age 72. 

Rocky spent most of his life in Hastings, where he was a devoted employee of the public works department for 40-plus years, retiring in 2014. He was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 28, 1949, the son of Robert and Eileen Tollefsen.

Rocky was known for his welcoming smile and for talking with everyone he met. Every day he walked all over the village, whether to enjoy the changing seasons, eat at his favorite restaurants, support local businesses, or sit along the Hudson River at sunset. Rocky loved attending community events, from softball games to firehouse picnics, and participating in fishing trips with friends. 

Rocky was also known as the “minister of information.” He had a gift for remembering everyone’s name and details about their families. He asked for updates about their lives and the status of children and grandchildren, and remembered if they lost a family member. He waved to everyone who called his name, including those who beeped their horns and yelled “Rocky” out their car windows. In response, he would smile and say “God bless.” He enjoyed attending daily mass at the St. Matthew Catholic Church and at times participated with the offertory collection.

Rocky is survived by his siblings Barbara Moran, Loretta “Lori” Carton (John), and Timothy Tollefsen (Andi); his nephews, JJ (Ashley), Johnny (Renata), and Bo; his nieces, Taylor (Doug), Sara, Brooke, and Ashley; his great-grand-nephews, Cameron and Johnny; his great-grand-nieces, Grace and Blake; and many cherished relatives and lifelong friends. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Carol Benson (John).

In lieu of flowers, support the fire department, ambulance corps, police department, parks and recreation department, or other municipal department in Hastings, the village that Rocky was proud of and fortunate to call his home for 70-plus years and where so many people looked out for him and shared their friendship with him.

Visiting was Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Mass of the Resurrection will be Friday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m., at the St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church.

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