1954 – 2021
N. Grosvenordale – Bruno D. Rossi, 66, of North Grosvenordale, CT passed peacefully on June 5, 2021, with his wife and daughter by his side. He was born in Putnam, CT on December 25, 1954 the son of the late Federico Rossi and Anita (Berti) Rossi. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015 and he fought to the bitter end with grace and dignity.
Bruno dedicated most of his working career to Kaman Aerospace/Corporation where he started as an Electronics Electrician in 1981 and retired as the Facilities Electrical Engineer in 2019.
Bruno was a kind, gentle, compassionate man who earned the utmost respect from everyone he met without so much as saying a word. He had a warm and generous heart and was always available to help anyone in need. If you were fortunate enough to know him, be it family, friend, or coworker, it is most certain he did something for you to make your life a little easier. Bruno’s greatest love in life was his family. His wife Donna, his daughter Melissa and his granddaughter, Nella were the center of his universe. In addition, there was nothing he enjoyed more than family traditions, celebrating holidays and gatherings with his siblings and extended family members while sharing good Italian food, plenty of wine and lots of laughs and the occasional game of bocce in the backyard. When he was not spending time with family, his favorite pastime was fishing. Any opportunity to cast a line was a good time. He also enjoyed going to classic car shows, his favorite car being the ’56 Thunderbird in golden glow yellow. He enjoyed Nascar, the Red Sox, football, a good game of cards, reading Sherlock Holmes and was an avid fan of the Marvel movies.
Bruno leaves behind his wife and soul mate of 41 years, Donna (Herindeen) Rossi, his beloved daughter, Melissa (Rossi) Copeland (Cody) and the light of his life, his granddaughter, Nella Copeland. In addition, he is survived by his siblings Iride (Rossi) Pearce of Dayville, CT, Enzo Rossi (Donna) of Buffalo, WY and Mary Ann Rossi (Donald Hoenig) of Thompson, CT. He also leaves two brothers-in-law, Donn Herindeen and Dann Herindeen, a sister-in-law, Debra Herindeen, and several aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews, including his Godchild, Janice Pearce.
The next time you have some free time, go cast a line in the water, and look up to the heavens. I’m sure Bruno will be smiling down on you.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Bruno’s family from 4:00PM to 7:00PM on Wednesday June 9, 2021, in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. A gathering will begin in the funeral home on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 9:00AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.
If you wish to do something in Bruno’s memory, please make a donation to your local Boy Scout organization. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.