Cade's Story

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Cade Rock-Verdi, 17 from Ashtabula County chose to take his life on Tuesday June 27th, 2017 at his father's home.
Cade was born January 31, 2000 the son of Frank C. Verdi (Emily Verdi) and Chris Rock-Batanian (Tim Batanian) in Ashtabula, Ohio. Cade was about to enter his senior year at Edgewood Senior High School.
Cade was an active member of the YMCA, participating in weight lifting and martial arts. He recently competed in the 100% RAW Tri-State Championships and was so excited to receive a first place medal.
Cade was a shy boy, but he would always whisper sarcastic remarks if you cared to listen. Anyone who knows him knows how clever and funny he was. He once made his father laugh so hard after a routine stop at Baskin Robbins he had to pull over to avoid an accident. He was inseparable with his sister Sage. The two of them spent endless evenings discussing everything from politics to friends while never failing to tease each other. While Cade was Sage's younger brother, he was a big brother to Timmy and Trace, who he entertained by spending countless hours playing video games with. Cade also loved to play pranks on his mom like asking her if she ate his stop sign. His mom was so proud to be his soccer coach. Cade enjoyed challenging his stepfather Tim to max out on the bench press. He and his stepmother Emily liked to cook and have dinner together and also lay on the floor and play with the dogs. Cade's role model was Lou Ferrigno, AKA The Incredible Hulk, who he recently trained with while working at Motor City Comic Con.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister Sage Verdi (Derwin), and two brothers Timmy and Trace Batanian, his maternal grandmother Lorena Rock, his paternal grandmother Marcy Verdi and several aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.
Preceding him in death is his maternal grandfather Charles Rock, paternal grandfather Rick Workman and paternal great grandmother Florence J. Verdi.
Cade lightened everyone's mood with his entirely unique sense of humor, something his family and friends will never forget. It was impossible not to love Cade, a boy so caring and sensitive despite his bulging muscles, who never wanted to ask for anything or burden anyone. He had a heart of gold. He was loved by everyone who met him.
Calling hours will be held TODAY, Friday, June 30, 2017 from 2-5 and 6-9 at the Zaback-Williams-Ducro Funeral Home, 500 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula. A memorial service will be held, Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Edgewood High School Auditorium, 2428 Blake Rd., Ashtabula.
Flowers are appreciated and welcomed, however, if desired memorials in memory of Cade may be given to the Humane Society, Memorial Donations, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037
Published on June 29, 2017
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