William Michael Francis Rossi Jr.

March 31, 1937 - February 21, 2016
William Michael Francis Rossi Jr.

William Rossi was born in Garrison Beach, Brooklyn. He was the oldest of three brothers – he and Michael and John were always very close, and they also loved and respected their parents very much.
No one ever had a bad word to say about Bill. Anyone that knew him as a teen said he had Major League Baseball talent. He hit over .400 and always batted cleanup for every team he played on. His skills made it possible to play games at Ebbets Field. As a catcher had a great reputation for throwing out would be base runners. But he injured that magical arm and it was before the days of Tommy John’s surgery so that ended his playing days.
God had a plan for Bill. First, he served his country well as a United States Marine. When he came out of the service, he met Angela. They fell deeply in love and have been so for 56 years. Bill always put others in front of himself. That was probably part of the reason he became a NY City Firefighter. Right before Joseph was born, he decided he wanted his family to have more of a suburban life. They moved to Plainville CT, where he transitioned to being a HartfordFirefighter – an underpaid profession today, but it was way worse in the 70s. So to be a great provider he would often work another job, sometimes two. This gave his sons William and Joseph the opportunity to go to private high school and college.
When Bill retired, the family moved to Florida in 1997, as his parents were already here. It was a couple of years after his mother passed away that his dad became ill. The doctors said he would need to be in a rehab facility for the remainder of his life – which they expected to be three months. Instead, Bill went to live with and care for him in his home in Spring Hill – for six months! Bill’s brothers would come on weekends to give him some time back at home. His dad was with us for nine more years!
You just don’t meet a guy like Bill very often. He came across as a very quiet guy, but for those who had a chance to speak with him you quickly found out he was a wealth of knowledge and would talk your ear off. He loved baseball, dog racing (dogs in general), cigars, reading, and being by the water. Most of all he liked spending time with his family. His grandchildren became his world. He was a great son, brother, father, grandfather and friend. When paired with Angela,together they were the cornerstone of a wonder family, and his sons couldn’t have asked for a better dad.
Bill was loved very dearly, and will be greatly missed. “Love Always”


Service

Monday, February 29, 2016
2:56 PM - 2:56 PM

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church - Directions
8320 Old County Road 54
New Port Richey, FL 34653

Visitation

Sunday, February 28, 2016
2:56 PM - 2:56 PM

Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home - Directions
5228 Trouble Creek Road
New Port Richey, FL 34652
727-845-1957

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  • February 26, 2016
    JOANNE AND CHUCK FISHER says:
    Bill was one of the best guys we have ever met! Always put his family first.

  • February 26, 2016
    Sylvie and Frank DeRose says:
    Our deepest condolences to Angela and the Rossi family. Bill was a wonderful man, always a pleasure to talk to and his knowledge of the Canadian Football League was greater than most of us Canadians! You're in our thoughts and prayers. The DeRose Family

  • February 26, 2016
    Annette & Jim Smetzer says:
    Our deepest condolences for the Rossi family.

  • February 26, 2016
    AnnMarie Harkins says:
    I didn't know Bill that long but what I knew about him he was a wonderful husband. He was just a wonderful man. God Bless.

  • February 26, 2016
    Beth Ann (Paulauskas) Cornwell says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mr Rossi was such a wonderful, loving, caring husband, father, and grandfather. He has left you with such wonderful memories -cherish each one. Love to you all.

  • February 26, 2016
    Sally & Gary says:
    Bill & I talked Abt living in Gerritsen Beach, Bklyn. I lived there from 1970 to 1986. He had some memories Abt " the Beach". Was Resurrection Parish. Prayers &Condolences 2 Ang& family

  • February 26, 2016
    Franca and Nick Georgakopoulos says:
    Nick and I met Bill only a few times and he was a pleasure to talk too. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Rossi family. The Georgakopoulos Family

  • February 27, 2016
    Carol Giovannoni, Chris Graus & family says:
    Bill was a prince! Wonderful father, husband, friend and firefighter. He has been in our lives as long as we9 can remember. When we were kids we were always so excited to hear Angela & Bill were coming to visit! Remember the weekend with the family at Joy & Hal's with Grandma Nocella & the kids? Juke Box??!! So much fun, so many happy gatherings and memories, Bill has been a big part of all of our lives. He will be missed ♡

  • February 27, 2016
    Suzie says:
    My thoughts are prayers are with you all. Love you ❤

  • February 29, 2016
    Richie & Luisa Grogan says:
    Our thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow. rest in peace my friend

  • March 02, 2016
    Jim Ring says:
    Billy was a great guy and I am sure a great son,,father,husband and brother. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss.

  • March 02, 2016
    Donald Maher & Diane says:
    Diane Donald Maher I had the great pleasure of working with Bill his last couple years on the fire department. He was truely a gentleman and easy going he made it a pleasure to be around Angie Bill will always be in Diane and. My prayers always