David E. Rossi

June 25, 1956April 15, 2021

David Rossi passed away on Thursday April 15, 2021. He was the loving husband of Kathy Rossi and beloved dad of Laura Rossi. Born in Massachusetts, he was the son of Edward and Rose Rossi, both deceased. In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his brothers and their wives; Edward and Helen Rossi, Robert and Joan Rossi, Paul and Beth Rossi and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his brothers Richard Rossi and Francis Rossi. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dave's name to Wounded Warrior Project. A memorial service and celebration of David's life will be held Monday, April 26, 2021 at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis at 11 AM. Please sign the online guest book for the family.


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Phil Mitchell

April 27, 2021

Dave was a great guy to work with and to learn from. I always enjoyed his no-nonsense point of view and his undisguised Boston accent. He was always ready to trade barbs about his beloved Pats and Sox and my New York roots. I will miss him very much. Warm thoughts and deepest condolences to his family on his untimely passing. A shock to us all.

Paul Messenger

April 26, 2021

Watching from B11 clean tent during pressure testing Europa Clipper and in XRISM meeting. NASA keeps building. I will miss Dave very much! Even his accent.

Gabby Corona Araiza

April 26, 2021

Rossi Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences. I worked with Dave many years in the GOES Program and last time I saw him was sometime before the we left on March 2020. He was always gracious and respectful and we will miss him.
I hope you find solace in the love and dedication he had for his family.

Paul Gibbons

April 26, 2021

Dave you will be sorely missed and condolences to your family.

I will always remember hanging out during our visits to the Kennedy Space Center and Boeing in California for the GOES missions. We had a blast. I will miss that laugh for sure.

Paul Gibbons

John Rauscher

April 26, 2021

On April 15th we lost a valued member of our Safety “family.” Dave was a straight-talker and he wasn’t somebody who could be pushed around. His unwavering commitment to the Safety & Mission Assurance cause serves as a lasting example for all of us. A terrific person with a big heart, and a personality that seemed larger than life. Dave will be sorely missed. -John

Claire Fredlund

April 26, 2021

Dave was a great guy and a talented safety engineer. He understood the requirements and enforced the rules. Meetings always led to spirited discussions with Dave in attendance. He will be missed dearly. In sympathy.

Jamie Harper

April 25, 2021

Dave was a great person to work with on a flight project. He was very 'no nonsense', but he would always try to find a work-around for a project design or management team that were having problems understanding safety requirements.

I will really miss him as a team mate.

Glenn Jackson

April 23, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with Dave's family. He kept us safe and the Laser Communication Relay Demonstration Payload safe. Through his hard work and vigilance, the mission continues safely to launch this summer. He is greatly missed but we know he is still looking out for us. -Glenn Jackson

Adrian Rad

April 22, 2021

Sincerest condolences. I got to know Dave over many years, as we both supported many NASA missions together at Goddard. He will be missed. Celebrating the life of a good man and mourning his passing with you. With heartfelt sympathy, -Adrian.

Richard Rivera

April 21, 2021

Dave was one of those classy people who personified New England tough-- he loved the Sox, the Patriots and had a heart of gold. Rest in Peace Dave-- you will be sorely missed by your GOES family.