Arthur J. “Art” Roselli, of Arkport

HORNELL/ARKPORT-Arthur J. “Art” Roselli, 79, of 10104 Oak Hill Road, Arkport, died Thursday afternoon (January 24, 2019) at his home, following a brief illness.

Born in Hornell on August 9, 1939, he was the son of John & Lenore (Bronsen) Roselli.

Art, affectionately known as “Bebe” grew up in Hornell where he attended St. Ann’s School and later graduated from Hornell High School (class of 1958) While in high school, Art excelled in sports, especially football & track. In 2010 he was honored by being inducted into the Hornell High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Throughout his adult life, Art worked in the construction industry and for many years was employed as a foreman for LeChase Construction Company. He retired about 30 years ago.

He had been a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church. Art enjoyed landscaping, especially planting flowers, trees & bushes. He also constructed three small ponds on his property, complete with stonework, waterfalls and, of course, stocked with goldfish. He also loved caring & playing with his beloved “Canine Friends”, Spring & Princess.

Art was an avid Buffalo Bills Football fan and especially loved rooting for them during the Super Bowl years. His greatest joy, however, was following his grandchildren’s sporting & school events. Without a doubt, he was their greatest fan!

A loving husband, father, grandfather & great-grandfather, Art will also be remembered as a true friend with an ever-present smile and a twinkle in his eye. He will be sadly missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him!

In addition to his parents, Art was preceded in death by his brother, Francis “Buck” Roselli.

He was married in 2001 to the former Barbara Morsch who survives. Also surviving are 1 son, John Roselli of Hornell; 3 daughters, Karen (John) Dagon of Hornell, Kathryn (Joe Ebert) Roselli of Alfred and Anne Rovito of Harpswell, ME; his step-children, Tammy Roosa of Arkport, Ty (Cyndi) Forbes of Spartanburg, SC, Tracey Bennett of Virginia and Kelly (Tom) Weidman of Farmington, NC; 7 grandchildren, John Dagon JR, James Dagon, Sam Dagon, Tagan Rovito, Josh Hillier, Drake Hillier and Jax Roosa; 1 great-grandson, Cadian Buck; several nieces, nephews & cousins.

The family of Arthur J. “Art” Roselli will receive friends on Monday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport, NY.

Art’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Hornell Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

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