Alva Rossi, 85, beloved husband of Margaret (Kelleher) Rossi of South Windsor, died Tuesday (January 22, 2013) at Manchester Memorial Hospital with his family be his side. Born in Torrington on Aug. 16, 1927, son of the late Joseph and Frina (Calciolari) Rossi he had lived in South Windsor for the past 55 years. He founded AMK Welding, Inc., of South Windsor and retired in 1998. Alva was a member of Masonic Lodge 73 A.F & A.M., of Manchester, the Area Sportsmen Clubs and the Rotary Club of South Windsor. He was a member of the U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II and was a captain of the Governor's Foot Guard. Alva had relatives and friends in Canada, Italy and in the States whose company he enjoyed with fond memories. Alva had a great passion for life, laughter, friends and family, especially when enjoyed over his fire-grilled steak and a glass of Chianti. In addition to his devote wife of 59 years, Margaret he leaves three daughters, Karen L. Rossi and her husband, Gregory Pasbore of Meriden, Beth K. Rossi of Tecumseh, NB and Linda J. Rossi of Norfolk; a granddaughter, Monique Rossi-Seitz of Missoula, MT; a brother, Ernest V. Rossi of Eastham, MA and a niece, Pamela Rossi of Los Angeles, CA.
A funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, South Windsor. Burial will be held in Hillside Cemetery, Torrington on Tuesday at 1 p.m. His family will receive friends may gather, Saturday from 4-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alva Rossi Scholarship Fund, c/o Farmington Bank, 350 Buckland Road, South Windsor, CT 06074. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com.