Ronald J. Rossi

Ron Rossi, 64, of East Providence, died peacefully and surrounded by family at Rhode Island Hospital on April 27. His big heart and generous spirit will be missed by many.  He is survived by Terry Allard, his wife of 23 years; his daughter and son-in-law Corrine and Kevin Fischer; his son and daughter in-law Matt and Amanda Rossi; his stepchildren and their spouses Cathy Coletti and Adam Ward, Karen and Justin Kenney, and Steven and Stacy Coletti; his grandchildren Reed Rossi, age 3, Ruby Rossi, age 18 months, and Elsie Fischer, born just one day after he passed; his step-grandchildren Mason, age 8, and Maddox, age 5; his mother and father in-law Charlotte and Joel Allard; and many family members and dear friends. Born on September 18, 1950 in Providence, Ron was the son of the late Delores and Ernie Rossi. He was predeceased by his brother David Rossi.  Ron attended Providence College for undergrad studies and the University of Rhode Island for a master’s degree in science education. In 2004, Ron retired after 32 years of teaching science in the East Providence School Department, where he was known for his fun demonstrations.  He was famous for his bed of nails and for blowing things up.  He was happy to share science with every student, even if they did not have a natural propensity towards it. During his time at Riverside, Ron also coached the Special Olympics Swim Team for 8 years and was chosen by RI Special Olympics to coach the international Special Olympics team. Outside of teaching, Ron was a general contractor with his own business called Ron Rossi Remodeling. His skill and craftsmanship has left a legacy of well-built construction around the state. Giving came naturally to Ron and he gave of himself gladly. Ron was always willing to help any family member, friend, or neighbor in need of advice about home maintenance and repair.  This included little things like teaching how to use a chainsaw, cleaning the coils under a refrigerator to improve energy efficiency, and large projects like putting in new windows or building decks. Throughout his life Ron was active in the boy scouts, beginning at Camp Yawgoog, where he was the camp bugler.  In high school he became an Eagle Scout. His involvement in the Boy Scouts continued into the present day with his activity in Troop 2 North Scituate, where his activities included teaching badges and enthusiastically helping out with camping trips. Drawn to the water, Ron loved sharing water activities like canoeing, spending time on the beach, and swimming with Terry and their family.  Ron also loved music and excelled at playing the piano. He and Terry enjoyed traveling together and their adventures took them to the UK, the Grand Canyon, and many favorite campgrounds throughout New England. Ron had a booming voice and a gentle heart.  He will be remembered and missed. “Love endures all things. Love never ends.” His funeral will be held on Monday May 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM in Trinity Episcopal Church, 251 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI. Burial will be private. Calling hours Sunday 1-5. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ron’s name to a camper scholarship fund to assist boys going to camp Yawgoog. Please make checks payable to: Troop 2 North Scituate P.O. Box 842 North Scituate, RI 02857