Born in Brooklyn, New York, John Rosatti was the son of a seamstress and a city worker. Even though he experienced many hardships during his upbringing, he has gone on to accomplish many incredible things in the world of business. In fact, Mr. Roasatti is one of New York’s most successful businessmen. Mr. Rosatti has overcome many trials and tribulations during his lifetime. Currently, he runs many successful businesses in the New York area, and spends a lot of time with his friends and family.
It was apparent to John’s parents from an early age that their son possessed a keen intellect and was very attentive. These personality traits would only grow over the years. As John grew up, he would regularly go to work with his father at the local docks and boatyards. It was there that he learned many mechanical skills that would serve him well later in life. One of the first business ventures that John had was a small car dealership in Flatbush, NY. He bought the dealership in 1978, and quickly turned it into one of the most successful Oldsmobile dealerships in the area. In fact, his dealership was a regular on the “Top 100” dealerships list printed annually by Wards Automotive.
John grew up enjoying the large, family dinners he and his relatives commonly had. They would routinely sit around the dinner table for hours exchanging wonderful stories and enjoying fantastic home cooked meals. One of John’s favorite relatives was his grandfather, John Adam Bassett, who was a decorated United States Naval Officer. His grandfather had changed his last name from Rosatti to Bassett in order to avoid discrimination in the workplace. He served valiantly during World War II, and his heroics are documented in the book, “Force Mulberry: The Planning and Installation of the Artificial Harbor of U.S. Normandy Beaches in WWII” (Whitehead Press). It was from his grandfather that John Rosatti learned the importance of a hard day’s work.
When John was growing up in Brooklyn, he learned to appreciate the large family dinners he and his relatives would regularly have. They would all come over to John’s family’s small apartment and eat and tell stories for hours. One of John’s favorite relatives was his grandfather, John Bassett, who changed his name to avoid discrimination in the workplace. John’s grandfather was an officer in the United States Navy, and served his country valiantly during World War II.
After 18 years of marriage, John and Joann made the mutual decision to get a divorce. However, the two remain friends to this day. After a few more years of hard work expanding his empire, John met and married his second wife, Bonni. They were married on the island of St. Thomas, surrounded by friends and family, and moved to Brooklyn to start a family. They had three children together, who grew up attending church and Catholic schools in the Brooklyn area. In 1997, John lost his father in a horrible car accident. Three years later, John also lost his beloved wife, Bonni, to a serious car accident. Left with three young children to care for, John began spending more time at home raising the kids, while also running his many business ventures.
In 2002, John made a donation to the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, FL. The Benjamin School is where John’s three children attend. John donated a million dollars to the school to build the Rosatti Administration/Library and Media Center. He named the building in memory of his late wife, Bonni. John has been incredibly successful in the world of business, and has raised a beautiful family. He has also been able to overcome tragedies that would have devastated a other people. He is the embodiment of the American dream. He is an individual who, through hard work and determination, was able to build a successful business empire. He was also able to accomplish this while still spending time with those he loved around him.