September 17, 1937
June 03, 2021
Forever in Our Hearts
Joe Rosso passed away peacefully, with his wife at his side, in Calgary on June 03, 2021, at the age of 83.
Joe was born in Drumheller on September 17, 1937, the second youngest of the seven children of Mary and John Rosso.
He grew up in Drumheller and excelled in playing hockey and baseball. Joe apprenticed to become a qualified welder and worked throughout Alberta for Alberta Gas Trunk Line Company. Joe relocated to Edson, the year before Joe and Lois were married when Joe was promoted to District Welder for the company. In 1974, the family moved to Calgary and a year later he ventured out on his own. Joe applied his trade across the country, working in almost every province and territory. Joe was known for his meticulous attention to detail and for never striving for anything less than the perfect weld. Those who had the pleasure of working with Joe would quickly learn his passion for getting the job done right, keeping the worksite in order and for ensuring no shortage of practical jokes across the miles.
Joe had a gift for making and fixing anything and whenever there was a problem or renovation required he was always the “go-to guy” for family and neighbours. In retirement, Joe and Lois explored all parts of Canada and the US and enjoyed numerous foreign destinations. Joe was always quick to share a joke, lend a hand, and to make sure you had a drink in your hand while enjoying some time by the fire (started with a blow torch) as the days wound to a close.
Joe’s family was important to him and he was much loved by Lois, his wife of 57 years, and their daughters, Jayne (Greg) and Stephanie (John) and grandsons Declan and Luke Jackson.
He is survived by his sister Ellen (Surprise, AZ), brother Ivan (Vernon, BC), sister Irene (Calgary), members of Lois’s family and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Steve and sisters Sara and Kathy.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for all the care and kindness that was shown to Joe at Cambridge Manor.
Condolences and memories may be shared and viewed on Joe’s obituary at www.arbormemorial.ca/edenbrook/obituaries.
“Rosso, we love you and we are going to miss the twinkle in your eye.”