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Douglas John Rossi

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On April 16, 2020 @ 10:33 am In Obituaries,South Euclid | 21 Comments

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DOUGLAS JOHN ROSSI, aged 46 years, cherished and loving son of Beverly and the late Bill, extraordinary brother of Mark, Rhonda Semler (Michael) and Andrea, fun loving uncle of Elizabeth, Amanda, Shannon and Victoria, beloved grandson of Martha Rossi Vitantonio (nee Frato) (Gene – deceased) and the late John Rossi and Gizella Rose Futo Hess and Alvin Hess, great-grandson of the late Rose and Julius Futo, nephew of Jo Ann Smith (Brad – deceased), great-nephew of Julius Futo (Catherine), fond cousin of Cathy Behm (Neal – deceased) and family, Michelle Smith and son Rylie Smith, and Beverly Frato and family.

A gifted and talented actor, artist, director and writer, Doug began entertaining as a young kid – always singing, dancing and constantly finding ways to bring a smile to your face. He later taught himself to play the guitar by ear and read music. Doug attended Julie Billiart, St. Peter Chanel High School and Cleveland State University, and earned his Masters Degree at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In 2005, Doug moved to New York City to follow his passion and live his dream. His greatest joy was performing in countless plays,  improvs, tv and film, while building lifelong friendships within the actor’s community. Doug’s most important role was the one he played in our family, and always will in our hearts. We love you, Doug, forever. We will miss you!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, private Catholic prayers were held for Doug followed by burial in Lake View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Doug’s memory suggested to Hospice of the Western Reserve, P.O. Box 72101, Cleveland, OH 44192. Arrangements entrusted to THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID.

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Condolence from Michele Jenkins on April 16th, 2020 11:47 am

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts

Condolence from Alice Anne English on April 16th, 2020 12:52 pm

I’m one of many who was lucky enough to perform with Doug in New York. We also connected as Cleveland natives. I can only imagine how devastating this is for his family. You are all in my prayers.

Condolence from Mark Harvey on April 16th, 2020 2:51 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find peace during this difficult time.

Condolence from Renee Vallo on April 16th, 2020 3:22 pm

To Doug’s family, I will always remember Doug as my classmate and friend at Chanel. I am so happy he was able to live his dreams and passion in life. He will always be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Renee (Vallo) Hickin – Chanel ‘93

Condolence from Danielle Gavorski on April 16th, 2020 4:34 pm

To the Rossi Family- My Deepest Condolences for the loss of Doug – We All grew-up together and played together everyday so many great memories- The “Ardmore Crew” – “Victory Park” So Proud of him following his Dreams – I’m speechless- Love you Dougie – R.I.P.
Love From the Gavorski Family -Mark,Derrick & Danielle

Condolence from Jennifer Armstrong-Fry on April 16th, 2020 5:01 pm

So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I went to Chanel with Doug and was fortunate to share the stage with him in many plays. I have great memories of him and I’m happy to know he followed his dreams. May you find comfort in your happy memories of him.

Condolence from Stephanie Cole on April 16th, 2020 7:43 pm

I’m so very sorry. I love you all so much! Doug was a great son, brother and overall great guy. I’m grateful to have met him. Prayers for the family. You are all in hot thoughts at this time. God bless and I’m here for each of you!

Condolence from Randy Head on April 16th, 2020 8:00 pm

I’m at a complete loss for words. I grew up with Mark, Rhonda, Doug & Annie, Bill and Beverly as a second family. I haven’t seen any of you in many years, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think of you all often. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your home and family with me. I love you all.

Condolence from Hal Shapiro on April 16th, 2020 8:31 pm

I’m so very sorry to hear this. Doug was a great kid, and this is heartbreaking. Mark, Mrs Rossi and all the Rossi family I can’t tell you how very sorry I am for your loss. We were all a big family in the neighborhood. Love to you all, Hal

Condolence from Carmelo Caliri on April 16th, 2020 9:30 pm

I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your brother/son Doug. I remember him from the victory park days. My condolences to your entire family during this difficult time. May god be with you all.

Condolence from James Lentine on April 17th, 2020 9:16 am

With great sorrow and deepest regrets on the passing of your dear brother our family sends our sincere sympathy
With love, Jim and RoseAnne Lentine

Condolence from CJ Ehrlich on April 17th, 2020 12:57 pm

My condolences to Doug’s family. I knew Doug as a brilliant, warm, generous, often surprising person, and actor, who made any show, any play, and any gathering better by being there. I’m grateful I was able to work with him on a few of my projects. His insights improved many writers’ work and certainly mine. He will be missed.

Condolence from Michael Ahn on April 17th, 2020 1:10 pm

I knew Doug in NYC. We went to the same reading series together and we were coincidentally neighbors. I really enjoyed talking with him about theatre. I’m sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Daniel Jafelice on April 17th, 2020 2:11 pm

My deepest condolences to your entire family, at this tragic and difficult time.

Condolence from Pat Wheatcroft on April 17th, 2020 6:22 pm

Andrea and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Saying a prayer for you and sending hugs.

Condolence from Ron & Kim Dick on April 20th, 2020 7:55 am

We were fortunate to get to know Doug through the theatre department at Cleveland State University and keep in touch with him throughout the years. Such heartbreaking news for his family and friends. Please know that you are all in our prayers now and for the days to come.

Condolence from Sharon Epstein on April 20th, 2020 8:09 am

I knew Doug at CSU. We were friends. Doug was one of the true gentle humans I have known in my life. I offer my most sincere condolences and love to the family during this most painful time.

Condolence from Janet Ward on April 20th, 2020 9:05 am

My deepest condolences to all of Doug’s family and friends. Met and worked with Doug at CSU. A true gentleman and fun actor. Prayers for peace and understanding for all who knew and loved him.

Condolence from Homer J Farr on April 20th, 2020 10:53 am

I remember Doug from CSU. Very talented and always a great person. It is hard when we loose someone who’s still young in life. My deepest condolences to Doug’s family and friends.

Condolence from Rich Naso on May 7th, 2020 8:24 pm

I was so sorry to hear of Douglas’ passing. Bev, I know that words cannot express the grief you must feel. His dad Bill, and Doug will always be in my prayers. Look up to both of them in Heaven, and speak to them, they will both hear you and be your family’s Guardian Angels. May peace and God be with you and your family, always.

Condolence from Pia Alesci on May 11th, 2020 10:59 pm

Doug, I am deeply sad that you are gone. Rest well, and entertain heaven……

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