Robert Rosmarino, 85, passed away peacefully at Holy Family Hospital on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Born in Lawrence, MA, on March 12, 1934, he was the son of the late Roger and Irene (Campione) Rosmarino.
Raised and educated in Lawrence, Bob attended St. Laurence O'Toole Grammar School and Central Catholic High School, where he graduated in 1952. He was one of eight graduates in the school's history to letter in three sports, playing football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated from Central Catholic with a football scholarship to Holy Cross College. He went on to Suffolk University where he received a degree in Political Science and then continued on to Boston State College where he received his master's degree in Educational Administration.
Bob's football career began as assistant coach at Lawrence High School. He moved to Chicago where he was an assistant coach at St. Rita's High School. He began his thirty-five year career as head coach at St. Phillip's High School in Chicago, then on to Aquinas Institute in Rochester, New York. He left Aquinas to teach and coach at Methuen High School. He then went on to coach at Greater Lawrence Technical High School. After twenty years at Greater Lawrence, regretfully, his weak heart forced him to retire, ending his illustrious years as head coach. His teaching career spanned almost forty years. He retired from Methuen High School in 1997 after teaching there for twenty-five years.
Upon retirement, Bob's favorite pastimes were watching sports on TV, especially football, playing Bocce and traveling with his wife. He discovered that there was quite a world out there beyond the football field. He played competitive Bocce at the Sons of Italy in Methuen until sickness prevented him from continuing. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Bob's achievements were many. He was selected All State in Massachusetts in 1951 and All American by the Wigman Wiseman of America. He was inducted into the Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame and the Aquinas Sports Hall of Fame and in 2004 the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was named Coach of the Year ten times and received the Shriner Game Coach Honor in 1995. He was chosen Man of the Year in 1998 by the Lawrence Eagle Tribune for his work as a coach, teacher, and father figure to countless students and athletes.
He was predeceased by his son, Roger Rosmarino in 1983.
Bob is survived by his wife of forty years, Rosemarie Janco Rosmarino; his adored and loving children, Roberta and her husband, Frank Alexopoulos; Scott Janco and Stephen Phaneuf and his wife, Denise. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Michael and Kassandra Phaneuf, and a great-grandson, Adam.
The Rosmarino family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the Holy Family staff. They went above and beyond with their care and kindness to Bob and his family.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen from 4:00-7:00 PM. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, July 6th at 10 AM at Mary Queen of Peace Church, 200 Lawrence Road in Salem, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of one's choice in memory of Robert Rosmarino.