OBITUARY: Donald Rossi, 91

Below is an obituary from Brewitt Funeral Home:

NOTTINGHAM, NH — Donald Rossi, of Nottingham, NH, husband to Helen (Quinton) Rossi went home to his Lord and Savior on January 19, 2023. He was surrounded by family at his home on Lake Pawtuckaway.  Donald, was born on May 16, 1931 in Boston, MA.  He was 91 years old and lived a full life with many joys, foremost among them his family and his 71-year marriage to Helen.

Don made Nottingham his home later in life.  He and his beloved Helen originally built their family home in Wilmington, MA in 1954. They raised their four children there and moved upon retirement in 1997, splitting their time between NH and Florida.  They eventually settled permanently in Nottingham at the lakeside home that they built with love stick by stick.

Don was proud of his service to his country.  He enlisted as a Seabee during the Korean War and was deployed to the Philippines where he participated in the construction of Cubi Point Naval Air Station.  Upon discharge he returned to the Boston area and joined the Local 4 union and excelled as a heavy equipment operator.  After a few years, Don started his own company, Don’s Gradall.  Over time he very successfully expanded that company into Ideal Power Sweeping, an industrial sweeping and plowing service.

Upon retirement Don and Helen traveled extensively owning several RV’s over the years spending much time “on the road”.  For 10 years he also organized and led large annual snowmobile trips to Yellowstone National Park.  He loved this great country, but his greatest love was his family.  He strove to provide a wonderful life for his children.

Don was an active, robust man in retirement. He golfed in competitive men’s leagues, enjoyed boating on the lake, and was frequently involved in construction projects. Later in life he developed a love for woodworking and was quite talented. Family and friends will enjoy his creations long into the future.

Don was predeceased by his parents Orpheus and Dorothy (Rossi) Johnson and sister Barbara. He is survived by his wife Helen and four children.  Diane Rossi of Auburn NH, Brenda Coughlin and her husband Kevin of Candia NH, David Rossi and his wife Michelle of Londonderry NH, and Paula Rossi-Clapp and her husband Joe of Plympton MA.  He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and brother Steve of Palm Bay FL.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s name may be made to Tunnel To Towers Foundation or Wounded Warriors Foundation.   Arrangements by the Brewitt Funeral Home.

Private funeral services will be held for the family.

Burial will be in the Southside Cemetery, Nottingham, NH.

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Donald Rossi

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