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William "Bill" Rossbach

1943 - 2018 Notice Condolences
William "Bill" Rossbach Notice
William "Bill" Mark Rossbach, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, died July 31st at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at the age of 75. Bill, the son of Alexander and Matilda Rossbach, was born in Baltimore and he and his four brothers and sister were raised on Richards Street in Locust Point. He was a graduate of Southern High School and went on to study at Johns Hopkins University. As a teenager, and throughout his life, he was known for his sense of humor – even if often inappropriate – and confident attitude befitting the nickname "Wingding." Bill truly was a "lively event or party" as the moniker is defined. This personality served him well when introducing himself to his best friend and soulmate Donna Rossbach at a Gino's drive-in in Baltimore. Early in their relationship, on a park bench at Fort McHenry, Bill and Donna decided they would spend their lives together. They were married in 1963 and shared an unlikely and wonderful 53-year journey together until Donna passed away in August 2016. They began their family in Catonsville where Amanda was born in 1967 and Jason in 1970. Bill worked as a traveling salesman for a chemical corporation until, in 1971, Donna convinced Bill to lease the New Plymouth Inn on the three-mile by one-mile island of Green Turtle Cay in Abaco, Bahamas. This surprising decision led to spending the next thirty five years in the hospitality business where they both earned reputations as well respected managers. While they went on to run numerous properties throughout the Bahamas, Green Turtle Yacht Club was always home and where the family lived for twenty years. In between management tours at the Green Turtle Yacht Club, the family resided in Boca Raton, FL from 1975-1982. During this happy period, Bill and Donna owned several sandwich shops named the Sugar Shack. After retiring, Bill and Donna enjoyed traveling the world on cruise ships and spending time with their family, especially their grandchildren. All saw a larger than life personality, those dear knew his keen intellect, ability to love, loyalty to those he loved, and the value placed on living an honest and meaningful life. Bill described a good life as one in which you could look into the mirror each morning and be comfortable with the face looking back. He was comfortable with what he saw; we should all be so fortunate. We know he is so happy to be reunited with his beloved Donna. A private gathering of family and friends to honor and celebrate Bill's life will be held at a later date in Maryland. Bill leaves behind daughter Amanda of Charleston, SC, son Jason of Alexandria, VA, their spouses Lee and Laurie, and three grandchildren, Sage, Leah and Matilda.
Published in Baltimore Sun from Aug. 9 to Aug. 12, 2018
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