Joseph Patrick Rosch
1953 - 2021
Magin & Keegan Funeral Home Inc
891 Madison Ave
Albany, NY
Rosch, Joseph Patrick PORT ORANGE, Fla. Joseph P. Rosch, 68, passed away peacefully, with his son and daughter by his side, at Halifax Hospice (Port Orange, Fla.) Sunday, July 25, 2021. Born on March 16,1953, and raised in Albany by the late Ann and Frank J. Rosch III, he is survived by his wife of 23 years, Gail (Gregory); former wife and mother of his children, Mary Theresa (Rosch); his children, Jennifer and Daniel; brothers, Raymond (Nancy), Michael (Judy), James (Jerri Lynn), William (Kathy), John (Kathleen); stepchildren, James Jr., Jaime (Robin) Floud; grandchildren: Gavin, Nikolai, Britton, Elizabeth, Dillon, Samantha, Brianna; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Joe was also Godfather to Sheila 'Red' Rosch. Joe attended Cardinal McCloskey High School (71') and went on to graduate with an auto mechanics degree from Hudson Valley Community College (73'). He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 106. After his schooling, Joe worked for his grandfather's construction business, Rosch Brothers, Inc. Later, he became owner and operator of J.P. Rosch Excavating & Repairs and continued as a heavy machine operator in Florida. After traveling to Florida for several years, Joe married Gail and eventually settled in Port Orange, Fla. Living close to the Daytona Int'l Speedway only fueled his passion for NASCAR. Friends of Joe's knew him as 'NASCAR Joe' or 'Big Joe.' Joe spent a lot of time at Lebanon Valley Speedway and attended many NASCAR events over the years. Some of Joe's grandchildren, who fondly called him 'Peepa,' made lots of trips to Florida and in between beach days had great fun jumping on beds and running around the house. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, August 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Polish American Citizens Club, 110 Commerce Avenue, Albany, NY 12206. For those who wish to make donations in Joe's memory, please feel free to send to one of the following: Halifax Health Hospice, Fund Development, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129 ( or, St. Catherine's Center of Children/R & E May School, 40 North Main Avenue, Albany, NY 12203 (Joe's grandson Gavin's school)

Published by Albany Times Union from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Polish American Citizens Club
110 Commerce Avenue, Albany, NY
Funeral services provided by:
Magin & Keegan Funeral Home Inc
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From St. Catherine's Center for Children and the R & E May School, our condolences to Joe's family. Life is filled with blessings. For Joe, the greatest blessing of all was to be surrounded by family and friends who loved him. May treasured memories of Joe bring you all comfort and joy in the future. Brian Bell, St. Catherine's Center for Children
Brian Bell
August 11, 2021
My sincere condolences to all of the Rosch family for the loss of your brother Joe and I hope you can take comfort in knowing that he´s at peace and not in pain. May the memories of your brother keep him alive in your hearts and in time put smiles on your faces god bless you all.
Robert Bongiorno
August 5, 2021
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to all, especially Joe´s amazingly dedicated wife, Gail. I met Joe many years ago in Albany. I took my young boys to visit him at his business in Menands. Joe was great to the boys and allowed them to sit in all the big machines...I still have the pictures from that day. For over twenty years, however, I got to know Joe better by frequently visiting him and Gail in Port Orange. Joe would often surprise Gail with incredibly thoughtful gifts. They were truly best friends. In the early years in Port Orange, Joe and Gail lived in Rose Bay mobile park. Those were fun times filled with countless get togethers - many family members from NY were snowbirds in the same park. New and lasting friends were made, good friends who helped out as Joe´s illness progressed. The last few years were the hardest for sure, but I witnessed a love and dedication that´s rarely seen. One morning while visiting Joe in Hospice, I saw his eyes light up with a glorious smile as Gail leaned in to kiss him. I treasure that sweet moment; to see two people who were connected on a very intimate level. Joe is at peace now, no more pain, and he endured a lot of it.
Melanie (Sis) Bonenfant
August 4, 2021
So sorry to read this. Joe you have moved on to you´re next journey. Maybe you will run in Tom. You are one of the nice guys.
Mary Jane Canfora
August 4, 2021
My condolences to the Rosch family & All of Joey's loved ones.I lived in your neighborhood many years ago on Wilkins Ave, such a Nice family. I am so Sorry for your loss. God bless you all during this Very Sad time & RIP Joey on a life well lived.
Patrick Mullen
August 4, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rosch family.
Bob Daley
August 3, 2021
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