Ralph L. Rossi, Sr., 84, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, passed away on August 8, 2012. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on June 23, 1928. He is survived by his wife, June (Maffei) Rossi, children, Lauren Rossi (Bob Stone), Donna Rossi Mauro, and Ralph L. Rossi, Jr.; grandchildren Adam Sage, Christina Sage Simons (Jesse Simons), Scott and Kyle Mauro, and Alexandra, Zach and Olivia Rossi; and great-grandchildren Avery, Madison and Jacob Sage, and sister Angela (Rossi) Keena (Donald Keena). He is predeceased by his parents Gaetano and Olympia (Magnotta) Rossi, brothers Dario and Vito Rossi, and grandson, Michael Vincent Sage.
Mr. Rossi joined U.S. Tobacco Company in 1955, and after 38 years of distinguished service, retired in 1993. He was named to the Board of Directors in 1973 and in 1984 was elected as Vice Chairman. He was the 1986 recipient of the Tobacco Industry Hall of Fame Award and in 1992 received the "Giant of the Industry" award. He was also the recipient of the 1989 National Conference of Christian and Jews National Human Relations Award.