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Rocco Botta : Apprentice Funeral Director

Rocco Botta

Apprentice Funeral Director

Rocco is life-long Orange County resident, currently resides in Highland, NY. He began work at Ballard-Durand in March of 2020. He has worked in funeral service for three-years. Rocco developed a passion for funeral service at the age of 17 and began work at his local funeral home in Cornwall-on-Hudson, Orange County, NY. After graduating from high school, he enrolled into the mortuary science program at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY where he has one-more semester left.

Rocco discovered Ballard-Durand through a school project and enjoyed the experience so much he was interested in joining the team. Caring for families in times of crisis and pain is what inspired Rocco to enter funeral service and is what fuels his passion today. Aside from his love for the profession, his second passion is music which in his spare time he enjoys perfecting his guitar skills.

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Thank you for calling Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services. The following information will answer some of your immediate questions regarding what will happen when death occurs and the next steps to be taken.

If a death has occurred, please call us to set an appointment 914-949-0566.

We understand this is a difficult time for you and want you to know we will help you in the days ahead as you honor your loved one.

Ballard-Durand is a Selected Independent Funeral Home

What this means to you.

Independent funeral homes that are members of this trade association are here to help you before, during and after your time of need.

  • They are invited into membership only after meeting rigorous selection criteria.
  • They are carefully screened for their commitment to quality, range of consumer choices, affordability and high standards.
  • They are privately owned, meaning that your needs come first.
  • They view their reputation as their most valuable asset.
  • They must demonstrate ongoing high standards based on feedback from the families and individuals they serve.

Customer Review

Jeanie Caligiuri

Ballard Durand was wonderful. Our Funeral Director Melissa was the best. This was the hardest time of my family's life and they made this wonderful. Every family member or friend that came to my dad's memorial said that Ballard Durand was so serene and calm. They loved the birds in the sitting room too. I want to truly thank Ballard Durand for all they did to make the memorial for my dad an amazing experience.

Trusted by Families for Generations

“It wasn’t your typical, ‘sorry for your loss’, it was personal. The job Ballard-Durand did was absolutely beautiful. I will never forget Matthew, or the team who works with him.” – Mike Bizzoco

Customer Review

Margaret L.

White Plains, NY

October 29, 2019

The guidance, assistance and care provided to our family by Ms. Gudino during a difficult time was exceptional. We were pleased with the arrangements and our loved one received a beautiful final farewell.