Michael William Rosati

Michael William Rosati

Michael William RosatiMichael William Rosati passed away April 9 at home, surrounded by his loving family – Kitty, his cherished wife of 34 years, and his daughters Katy, Lily and Margaret, of whom he was immensely proud.

The son of the late Dr. Louis Michael and Ann Dorothy Rosati, he was born June 1, 1943 in the Presidential Suite at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV (a story he enjoyed recounting), where his father was stationed as an Army surgeon during World War II. He was one of just a few born while the resort served as a hospital for returning wounded soldiers.

He grew up in New York City and attended Phillips Andover and Yale, honing his athletic and a cappella chops at both. His years on the lacrosse field and squash court, and singing with the Spizzwinks(?) were other topics of frequent recollection. He received his J.D. at Cornell and LL.M. from New York University. He had a long and productive career in law and banking at Manufacturers Hanover and American Express Bank. Throughout his career he made many long-lasting friendships and enjoyed extensive travels across six continents. The most serendipitous journey, he would tell anyone who would listen, took him to Bali in 1980, where he met Kitty.

If you haven’t guessed by now, he was a prolific storyteller – bedtime stories, jokes, cocktail party conversation – if you knew Michael you were, at one point or another, a valued member of the audience.

In addition to his beloved “girls,” he is survived by his brother Robert, and a large extended family of sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins in the U.S. and Australia, all of whom were deeply loved and brought him much joy.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, April 14, at 9 a.m. from the Madison Memorial Home, 159 Main St., Madison, with a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent Martyr Church, Madison. Interment is in St. Vincent’s Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s memory to St. Vincent Martyr School Building Fund, 26 Green Village Rd., Madison, N.J. 07940 would be appreciated.

Published in Daily Record on Apr. 11, 2016

Remembrances for Mike Rosati

Dave Hawkins: “I sang with Mike for 3 years. He was a great singer and a witty, gentle soul. I too wish I had stayed in touch more after graduation.”

David Roscoe: “I didn’t know Mike well, but he lived in a town nearby. I’d always meant to reach out to him to reconnect. Sadly, no longer possible, so there’s a message…carpe diem. Will attend his service this week.”

Robert Hammond: “Sad news. Mike and I became friends while taking several classes together. My recollection which is increasingly somewhat faulty is that we both started out in premed. On a number of occasions post graduation we got together for dinner while living in Manhattan pursuing our respective futures. I sadly lost touch with Mike and other friends under the pressure of time restrictions residency placed on the short segments of life spent outside the hospital. He was a good guy, a gentle soul, and a gentleman. We are losing too many too fast.”