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ROSATI, Robert Eugene

Robert "Bob" Eugene Rosati of South Windsor, beloved husband of the late Gloria Lamoureaux Rosati, left us peacefully on Wednesday (October 24, 2012). Born March 30, 1924 in Sandisfield, Massachusetts, the son of the late Mary (Meachum) Rosati and Eugenio (Jimmy) Rosati, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who lived passionately for family, friends, and his beloved Pratt and Whitney. Bob grew up in Colebrook River, CT. While attending Gilbert High School in Winsted, on December 8, 1941, he like so many young men, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. At the wishes of his father, he waited to be sworn in until after his graduation from Gilbert High School in June 1942, and next day left for US Navy boot camp in Newport, RI. Bob served 3 enlistments in the U.S. Navy. As a top turret gunner and radioman during World War II (WWII), he was awarded three Battle Stars for his service in The Aleutians, The Marianna's, and Iwo Jima, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and seven Air Medals. He was a member of VB-136 Bombing Squadron (Aleutians Campaign), Bombing Squadron VB-200 based in Hawaii, and Patrol Bombing Squadron VPB-116 in the Marianna's and Iwo Jima. Bob accumulated 76 missions, 49 of which were classified as combat in WWII. During his second enlistment as a member of a Torpedo Squadron VT-11, he flew from land locations in Hawaii as well as with carrier groups in the Pacific, namely the USS Shangri-La, USS Lexington, USS Tarawa, and USS Boxer. He returned to California and was briefly assigned to the Torpedo Squadron VT-12 before his second discharge in 1947. After his second discharge, he met and married Gloria, the love of his life. In the fall of 1948 he attended Clarkson College of Technology in Malone and Potsdam, New York for studies leading to a Mechanical Engineering Degree. Receiving orders for his recall into the US Navy in May 1951 to support the Korean War effort, his college education was put on hold, and he joined countermeasures squadron operating off the USS Tarawa (CV-40). Completing 15 months in the Mediterranean, he was discharged for the third time as a Chief Petty Officer. Bob returned to Clarkson and completed his Mechanical Engineering Degree in June 1953. Having flown all of his missions in Pratt and Whitney (P&WA) powered airplanes, he knew this was a company he would like to work for, and for 51 years, he did just that. Bob joined P&WA in June 1953 as a Test Engineer Trainee - J57 Group, and over the next 51 years worked on almost every P&WA jet engine program until his retirement in October 2004. In 1969 he became Deputy Program Manager JT9D Group supporting the launch of the Boeing 747, and over the course of 10 years became Division Program Manager, Vice President, and then finally Sr. Vice President in 1980. In 1981 he organized and became President and CEO of International Aero Engines AG (IAE) in 1983 .The IAE consortium was made up seven companies from five countries including Pratt and Whitney of the US, which developed the V2500 Turbofan Engine for the Airbus A320 and Boeing MD-90 Family of Aircraft. After his retirement from IAE and Pratt and Whitney in 1986, Bob became an International consultant for Pratt and Whitney helping to develop the burgeoning Russian Aviation Market. In 1993, he was once again asked to take the helm of IAE. He remained President and CEO until 1995 where he returned to Pratt and Whitney as Sr. Vice President International, Pratt Russia. Bob remained in this position, both full and then part-time until his retirement in October 2004. Throughout his illustrious career, Bob became an industry icon, served as a board member of numerous organizations, and was a friend and mentor to many. The world today benefits from his contribution to the aviation industry and to the development of the modern jet engine. In addition to his life of achievements, Bob was proud to be a life member of Association of Naval Aviation, a member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion, a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, a member of the Air Force Association, a member of the board of Trustees and member of the Engineering Advisory Committee of Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, and a member and International Trustee of Tsyolkovsky Moscow State Aviation Technology. Bob was also awarded Legends in Aerospace and Aviation by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and was honorably elected to the US Navy Enlisted Combat Aircrew Roll of Honor in Charleston, SC in 2003. Bob was dear to all of his friends and family and his passing has left us all with a great emptiness. He is survived by his four children, James A. Rosati and his wife Gail (Henson) Rosati of Manchester, Peter E. Rosati of South Windsor, Debra (Rosati) Janus and her husband Edward T. Janus of Stonington, and his son Robert C. Rosati and his wife Lisa (Bambara) Rosati of South Windsor; six grandchildren; Shelbie Janus Atwater and her husband Jason of Guilford, Daniel Janus and his wife Gillian (Sulick) of Cambridge, MA, Corey Janus of Los Angeles, CA, Sara Marie Rosati of Princeton, NJ, Joseph Rosati of Torrington, and Ciara Rosati of Manchester; and his precious great-granddaughters Colby and Carson Atwater. He is also survived by his sisters, Lillian Rosati Nelligan of New Hampshire, and Marion Rosati of St. Petersburg, FL, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may gather Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Road, South Windsor. Burial will follow at Wapping Cemetery, South Windsor. His family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 5-8 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT, 8 Keynote Dr., Vernon, CT 06066.or St Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Road, South Windsor, CT 06074. For online expressions of sympathy, (a photo tribute will be available on Friday) please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 25, 2012
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