View Full Version : R.I.P. - Roland La Starza

10-20-2009, 05:14 AM
This is a shame. One of the top heavyweights during the 1950's passed away and here's what they wrote as an OBIT. He fought Rocky Marciano twice and most people thought he won their 1st bout. He was rated in the Top 10 in the World for a total of 55 months from March 1950 to February 1955. He was also rated #1 during much of that time, and all they have to say is that he was a former professional boxer.

Here's his OBIT:

Roland E. LaStarza, 82, of Port Orange, a former professional boxer, died Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at the Hospice Care Center, Port Orange.

Mr. LaStarza, an Army veteran of World War II, was born in Bronx, New York and moved to the area in 1973 from Los Angeles, California. He enjoyed acting and appeared in several episodes of the television show The Gallant Men. He also enjoyed flying, playing pool and reading.

Survivors include one son, Mark LaStarza, M.D. of Ormond Beach; one daughter, Amy Farmwald of Port Orange and five grandchildren.

Cremation will be by Dudley Crematory, New Smyrna Beach.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange 32129.

10-20-2009, 12:06 PM
Thank you Henry for the update, LaStarza is unfortunate not to be remembered for how talented he really was. Some of his best wins include:

Ted Lowry (Also should have beat Marciano)
Cesar Brion
Dan Bucceroni (Part of a long list of unappreciated Philadelphia fighters)
Rex Layne (Beat Charles and Walcott)