Richard S. Rossi, 63, of Southington, passed away suddenly on Monday, January 11, 2021. Known as Rick, or “Bro,” to his family and friends, he was born on March 28, 1957 in New Britain to the late Quito and Shirley (Aubin) Rossi. He was the beloved husband of Cheryl (Pisacane) Rossi for 16 years before her passing in 2001, and was also a loving son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Rick graduated from Southington High School, Class of 1975. After graduation, he proudly enlisted and served his country in the U.S. Army. Upon his return home from the service, Rick followed in his father’s footsteps and owned and operated Concrete Plus for many years. Rick enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends. He loved cheering on his children at their many sporting events alongside his wife, Cheryl. Whether it was a wrestling match for his son, Steven, or a gymnastics meet for his daughter, Kristen, Rick was well known for being the loudest parent in the crowd, always front and center. Rick cherished the memories he made with his children, especially being a part of their weddings and the births of his grandchildren. Rick loved playing golf with his closest friends and being a member of the Weed Wacker league at Hawk’s Landing Country Club. He could always be found having a meal at his favorite restaurant, Pagliacci’s or cuddling up on the couch with his dogs watching reruns of Columbo. Rick will be always be remembered for his ability to brighten up any room with his larger-than-life personality, big smile, loud and contagious laugh, and wrapping everyone up in the biggest bear hugs.
Rick is survived by his two children; daughter, Kristen Kasparian and her husband Jeffrey, and their sons Jackson and Cameron; son, Steven Rossi and his wife Jenn, and Steven’s son Brody; his longtime partner Lynn Gianatti- Dugan and her two daughters. He is also survived by his brother, David Rossi and his wife Nancy, sister, Sharon Boucher and her husband Kevin; sister, Joanne Gagne and her husband Rob; many nieces and nephews and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Pisacane. In addition to his parents and wife Cheryl, he was predeceased by his father-in-law, Alfred Pisacane.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rick’s memory may be made to The Joe and Kay Calvanese Foundation, P.O. Box 23, Plantsville, CT 06479.
A brief private viewing will be Livestreamed from 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021. The Livestream will resume at 11:30 a.m. for a private Mass of Christian Burial. To virtually join the services, please visit Rick’s memorial page at www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com. Family and friends are welcome to attend a graveside eulogy and committal service with military honors at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021 at St. Thomas Cemetery, 209 Bellevue Ave, Southington. Face masks and social distancing are required at all times. The family also plans to hold a celebration of Rick’s life at a later date when circumstances allow. Plantsville Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com