A former state representative and the father of the current Rocky Hill mayor, Paul A. LaRosa passed away on Saturday.
During his 16 years as a state representative for the south end of Hartford, LaRosa worked closely with Gov. Ella Grasso and William O' Neil, Anthony LaRosa said in an interview with Patch Tuesday morning. They along with former gov. John Rowland and Lowell Palmer Weicker visited his restaurant, Casa Loma, which was located in the south end of Hartford and known for hosting many political people.
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According to his son Anthony, LaRosa was responsible for legislation that allowed the use of defibrillators in Connecticut, helped establish the current paramedic system and created the first birthing room at . He also served as the Chairman of the Public Health Committee and was a board member for Hartford Hospital.
Connecticut Bail Bonds was founded and run by LaRosa for more than 40 years.
LaRosa, who had been sick for a long time before his death, is survived by his two sons, Paul and Anthony, as well as six grandchildren.
The wake for LaRosa will be held tonight at the at 511 Brook St. in Rocky Hill from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian burial in at 11 a.m., according to the Hartford Courant. Interment will follow at .