Grafton – S.K Mark A. Rossi, 65, passed away Aug. 14, 2018 at Milford Regional Medical Center following an illness.
He leaves his loving family, wife of 45 years, Deborah (Krisciunas) Rossi; daughters Elyce and Jessica Rossi; her husband James Keyes; grandchildren Tyler and Sidney Stadlman; and godson Sean Meehan.
Mark was born Nov. 24, 1952 in Worcester and attended Doherty High School. Even at age 14, Mark’s tireless work ethic began to show. He would find employment at various plastics manufacturers throughout the city, and work until a curious manager would ask for proof of age.
As the years progressed, Mark explored multiple avenues of employment, eventually becoming Assistant Manager at Tatnuck Country Club where he discovered his true passion for cooking and restaurant management. Mark’s security background brought him many opportunities, including working as part of a transportation crew for legendary rock bands Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart. More recently, Mark found a home at Imperial Cars in Mendon where he was much loved for his humor and presence, and left his imprint in all levels of the organization.
Away from work, Mark was a classical pianist and played both guitar and percussion, eventually composing and recording a cd of original music. Mark enjoyed Dobermans and was an avid boater. He dedicated years of his life as a Mason, where Brother Mark Rossi was raised June 2, 2007 as Master Mason at Franklin Lodge in Grafton, became affiliated with the Montgomery Lodge in Milford and was S.K Rossi Past Commander 2012 and 2013 Milford Commandary #11 Milford. He was knighted Milford Commander #11 May 22, 2008.
Mark immersed himself into Masonic history, becoming extraordinarily well versed in protocols and rites that were his true passion.
Special thanks to the staff at Dana Farber and Milford Regional Hospital for their extraordinary care.
In lieu of flowers please honor Mark with a donation to Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. – Planned Giving, 1033 Long Prairie Rd., Suite 5, Flower Mound, TX 75022 or online at www.Ktef.plannedgiving.org.
All are welcome to gather with Mark’s family and friends Sunday, Aug. 19, from 4-7 p.m., at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., North Grafton. A prayer service will be offered for Mark Monday, Aug. 20, at 11 a.m., in the funeral home followed by his burial at Pine Grove Cemetery in North Grafton.
A Book of Memories to share a story or message of sympathy with his family is available at www.RoneyFuneralHome.com.