In Memory of
Oscar Rosso

August 8, 1928 - December 10, 2009

Member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 - 46 Years
Initiated March 26, 1963
Pennant No. A-1257

Lodge Marshal 1965
Lodge Warden 1998-2009
Board of Governors 2009

Oscar at the 2009 Lodge Dinner Dance

Oscar Rosso was born in Mosta, Malta on August 8, 1928.   He was the fourth of nine children.  When the British took possession of Malta during World War II, Oscar served for a period of time in the Royal Navy.  Surviving the turmoil of World War II, Oscar immigrated to the United States in 1948 at the age of 19.  Shortly after arriving in Michigan, he was drafted into the United States Army to serve in the Korean War in 1951.

After working at several jobs, mostly in the automotive field, Oscar obtained the position of maître d’ at the Recess Club, located on the 11th floor of the Fisher Building in Detroit, where he had the opportunity to mingle with numerous General Motors executives and radio, stage, and sports celebrities.  For many years, he was active with the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association.   

In 1952, Oscar met his match in Patricia Ann Zielinski.  Pat and Oscar were married in 1994.  Oscar's boat, a 1950 Chris Craft, was named the "Patricia" in Pat's honor.

Oscar's love of boating led to his involvement in numerous marine organizations.  He participated in the Navy League and was close with the U.S. Coast Guard.  He was often a one-man welcoming committee for the incoming Captain of the Port, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Detroit, ensuring that the new commander would feel at home in his new assignment. 

Oscar was a long-time member of the Propeller Club of the Port of Detroit, serving as the club's President in 2000-2001.

Oscar joined Detroit Lodge No. 7 on March 26, 1963 and was issued pennant number A-1257.  He proudly flew his pennant on the "Patricia" at Sassy Marina.  He served as lodge Marshal in 1965, was appointed as lodge Warden in 1998, and was elected to the lodge's Board of Governors in 2009.  He was still serving as Warden and member of the Board of Governors at the time of his death.  Oscar was a fixture at lodge gatherings and rarely missed a meeting or dinner dance.  He was a dedicated member of the lodge.  

Oscar also had a very close connection with Mariners' Church, which he supported throughout his adult life.  He attended numerous Blessing of the Fleet, Navy League and Edmund Fitzgerald/Great Lakes Memorial services at Mariners' over the years. 

Oscar was closely tied to the Maltese community in the Detroit area and was a longtime member of the Maltese American Clubs in Detroit and Dearborn.  His funeral service was held at Most Holy Trinity Church in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood on December 14, 2009.  The congregation was greeted by Pastor and lodge Co-Chaplain Fr. Russell Kohler, while Maltese American Club chaplain Fr. Joe Mallia officiated at the funeral Mass.  

In addition to his beloved wife Patricia, Oscar is survived by his sisters, Josephine Bezzina and Teresina Pia, and by his brothers, Joseph and Anthony Rosso.

The newspaper death notice and on-line guest book can be viewed by clicking HERE

Oscar at the 2009 Freedom Festival Fireworks