May 19 – Happy Birthday Vincent Rossi

VincentRossi222It was a particularly tough time for my Mom. She was recovering from her first battle with cancer and trying to get her small catering business off the ground at the same time. Her signature side dish was a mushroom and broccoli rice casserole that was absolutely out of this world. The stars aligned for her when today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant happened to be at an affair she catered and he had the opportunity to taste that casserole. A few days later, Vince Rossi called my Mom and asked if she was interested in catering a post funeral gathering for a family he was serving. A business alliance was forged that helped my Mom get her new business over the hump.

Vincent J. Rossi was born in Amsterdam, NY on May 19, 1958. He graduated from Bishop Scully High School in 1976 and then got his degree in Mortuary Science from Hudson Valley Community College two years later. He has been a Licensed Funeral Director since 1979, when he purchased the Sargalis Funeral Home that used to be located on East Main Street, near St. Mary’s Church. In my humble opinion, since the day he took over that location, Mr. Rossi has set the standard for funeral direction professionalism in this town.

Most of us have experienced the trauma of losing a loved one. We know firsthand how the resulting emotions, concerns, and important decisions and actions that must be taken can be extremely difficult to deal with. It seems as though Vince Rossi was put on this Earth to help people make it through that unwanted but inevitable moment of life.

But he’s also a very wise businessman.

In 1984, he merged his business with …

The rest of Vince Rossi’s birthday post will be published in the second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which will be available for sale right after Thanksgiving. To make sure you get your hands on one of the first copies, join my mailing list here.

The first edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which features my birthday posts for 320 current or former Amsterdam residents, is currently being sold at Liberty Fresh Market, on Route 30 in Amsterdam. You can also purchase it online here.

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