For the past 20 years, a man named Roque ‘Rocky’ Abalsamo did something every single day that is simply heart shattering. In 1993, his wife, Julia ‘Julita’ Echeverria, sadly passed away after 35 years of a wonderful and happy marriage. Ever since that sad day, Rocky has sat by her grave in St. Joseph Cemetery in Boston, MA. He didn’t eat or drink. All Rocky did was withstand the scorching heat, heavy rains, bitter cold and snow to be by his wife’s side.
Rocky and Julita met in in their native Buenos Aires during the 1930’s. They were in a cafe with their backs to each other and Rocky simply heard Julita talking to her friends about the soul, life and goodness – at that moment, Rocky realised that he needed to know the person he heard, a woman full of so much love and passion. Since that moment, the two have been inseparable. They lived a happy life together, marrying in the spring after they had met. They had two children and they moved to the United States in 1971.
They had been married for 35 years when Julita needed sudden heart surgery. After the surgery, Julita sadly passed away due to complications. Rocky’s world was turned upside down without her and heneeded to be close to his wife. So he began his daily vigil next to Julita’s grave that would last for more than two decades.