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Rinaldo "Al" Rossi
The beloved Rinaldo "Al" Rossi of Salinas passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014, with his family surrounding him. He was born Aug. 25, 1921 to Luigi and Catherine Rossi in Stockton, but was raised in San Francisco.
In World War II, he served in the Army Air Corp in the Pacific. As President and co-owner, Al and his partners built the Salinas Disposal Service. He collaborated in the development of Crazy Horse Landfill. He engineered the concept of using compaction to extend the life of landfills, which serves as a model to this day. Al received the John Moscone Award from the California Refuse Removal Council. He was inducted in the National Solid Waste Management Hall of Fame.
He was most proud of his family. Al is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris Landrum Rossi, his high school girlfriend and three daughters who adored him: Nancy (Loren) King, Linda (Vic) Rossi, and Paula (Roger) La Fountain. He was a wonderful grandfather to six grandchildren: Michael (Autumn) Rossi, Dominic (Nikki) Rossi, Victoria Rossi (fiancé, Jerome Carlisle), Christopher (Stefi) King, Jameson (Laura) Lucero, Austin Lucero and two step-grandchildren: Nicholas (Melissa) La Fountain and Ashley (Adam) Fuoss and 11 great-grandchildren, Luke, Kendall, Gianna, Eva, Francesca, Vincent, Andreas, Tristan, Ian, Lauren and Owen. He is also survived by his sister, Marie (Howard) Tall of Foster City and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Florence and George Cerelli of Oregon.
He created many fantastic memories for his loved ones when he took the entire family on multiple trips to Italy. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, listening to music and watching motor sports. He will be truly missed by family and friends.
Al has donated his remains for medical research to the Willed Body Program at UCSF.
A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Spreckels.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the wonderful staff in the Memory Care Unit at Villa Serra who lovingly cared for him in the last few weeks of his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to VNA Hospice, 5 Lower Ragsdale Dr., Monterey, CA 93941 or their favorite charity.
Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.
For more information and to share a memory, visit www.struveandlaporte.com.
Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Salinas, CA 93901
Published in The Salinas Californian from July 16 to July 18, 2014