STEPHEN J. ROSASCO
8/18/32 TO 9/4/21
On September 4, 2021 Stephen J. Rosasco, Esq. passed away at the age of 89. He was the beloved husband of Marge Rosasco (nee Triplett); loving father of Stephen Rosasco and his wife Denee, Mark Rosasco and his wife Carole; brother of Rose Francis (deceased), Dorothy Prah (deceased) and John Rosasco (deceased); and cherished grandfather of Nicholas Rosasco and Marie Rosasco.
He was born in Baltimore to Stephen Rosasco and Mary Rosasco (nee Bender) and has been a resident of Harford County, Maryland for over 50 years. He was married to Marie Catherine Rosasco (nee Noranbrock) for seventeen years and they had two sons together prior to her death at age 34.
Mr. Rosasco graduated from Patterson Park High School in 1950 and started his professional career as an office assistant at Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE), now known as Constellation (Energy Company). He attended night school, culminating in a Juris Doctorate Degree from The University of Baltimore School of Law. Upon graduation he joined the BGE Legal Department where he enjoyed a distinguished legal career. With 49 years of service with the company, he retired at age 65 as Associate General Counsel responsible for BGE’s claims and litigation. One of his proudest accomplishments was having argued thirteen cases before Maryland’s highest courts which were then published in “Maryland Reports” and “Maryland Appellate Reports”. Only these reported cases can be relied upon as legal precedent. He also served as President of the American Gas Association, a national organization.
In 1970 Steve married Marge who was 17 years his junior and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. Steve had many interests and excelled in all of them, including coin collecting, taking flying lessons and soloing around Maryland in a Cessna aircraft. He had an avid interest in cars and for years performed all the maintenance on the family cars. His love of sports cars prompted the purchase of a Datsun 280Z and later his prized possession—a 2000 red Corvette which he entered in car shows as a member of The Bel Air Corvette Club. Other hobbies included artistic painting. He was especially adept at copying masterpieces and many of the pictures adorn the Rosasco home.
Steve was on the cross country team in high school and in the 1960’s decided it was time to get back in shape. His two young sons tagged along and it was soon evident they all had a natural ability for competitive running. When Marge joined the family in 1970 she started running and participating in the races too. This activity would become Steve’s biggest passion for the next four decades. As with all of his other endeavors Steve excelled at distance running competing in too many races to count and running 20 marathons, including the famed Boston Marathon. At age 49, he ran the New York City Marathon in the impressive time of 2 hours 58 minutes. At age 50, he ran the 11th fastest time in the country for 10 miles in the 50-54 age group recording 59 minutes 20 seconds. Steve competed in the Maryland Senior Olympics multiple years starting at age 55. Through the years he won 40 medals, most of them gold as well as setting records in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, 5k and 10k distances. In 1972 the family joined The Baltimore Road Runners Club and Steve served in many capacities including Vice President for five years. He was appointed to the Maryland Marathon Commission for five years and served as Vice Chairman for two years. To complete his athletic history he also competed in bike racing and completed two “centuries” – 100 miles each.
Additional accolades include being selected to the Hall of Fame of Patterson Park High School for his legal accomplishments and The Baltimore Road Runners Club for his athletic ability and administrative contributions.
Mr. Rosasco will be laid to rest in a private burial at Highview Memorial Gardens on September 11, 2021. The family requests no flowers.
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