Eugene (Gene) Paul Rossman, 86, of St. James City, and a Florida resident, passed on Jan. 23, 2013.
He was born in Castleton-on-the-Hudson, New York. He served in the Navy in World War II and participated in the Normandy invasion to liberate France. He was recently honored by Porter Goss.
When Gene lived in Michigan, he was a Professional Engineer. After moving to Florida, his work included designing many commercial buildings in Fort Myers. including the Barbara B. Mann Theater.
Eugene (Gene) Paul Rossman
He was an outdoorsman and loved the sea and the mountains. He was a member of the American Sailing Association and taught sailing. He also held a Captain's license to teach power boating and to take people on cruises.
For variety, he was a stone crabber for a year, a tugboat captain and a commercial fisherman. He lived aboard his boats for many years.
He summered in Colorado with his life partner, Marsha Perlman, beginning in 1995. Together they traveled, hiked, camped, biked and also climbed one of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains. In the winter they snowshoed, then boated, kayaked and fished. He was loved and is missed.
Survivors include his son Paul Rossman (Su), Chris Rossman, Patty Rossman and Lynn Ruby, granddaughters Erica and Melissa, brother Richard (Patty), sister Barbara (Art), nieces and nephews and his extended family, the Hansens (Hillari, Lee, Kailey, Nicolas), Chernows (Harneen, Simon, Hayden, Susan Moir), brother Richard Klayman and the Chernows (Andrew and Monica.) They will miss him.
He will be remembered for his spirituality, warmth, kindness, love,patience, sincerity and sense of humor to all whose paths he crossed.
No service is planned at this time.