On Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the age of 74, Conrad Spencer Rossie died unexpectedly at St. Tammany Parish Hospital from a rare blood disease TTP, which surfaced from an aggressive bacterial infection. He was born October 7, 1942, in Hammond, Louisiana. Fifteen years ago he moved to Ponchatoula, LA to be closer to his children and grandchildren. Conrad passionately loved his wife, Carolyn of 53 years. He cherished her with the deepest love a man can offer. She was the apple of his eye and the light of his life. Except for the Lord, she was what brought him authentic joy. Together they were as one.
Conrad was immensely proud of his daughters Julie, Connie, and Tracey. He often stated, “My girls are my greatest accomplishment.” His actions and encouraging words displayed the unconditional love for each of his daughters. Becoming a grandfather to Leyton, Sydney, Madison, and Brantley brought a “WOW” factor to his life he felt was inexplicable. He beamed with happiness when their names were mentioned and cherished every second of their company. He attended baseball and football games, gymnastic and swim meets, and dance recitals. He made every effort to witness his grand children’s accomplishments. After his grandson joined the LSU football team, Conrad began strengthening his body and climbing stairs at home to ensure he would walk into tiger stadium for the very first time to witness his grandson run through the tunnel and onto the field. Conrad had many favorite past times during his life including playing cards, hunting, fishing, cooking, woodworking and was a true gun enthusiasts. He studied the history of America, which led to deep gratitude and respect for the men and women who serve our country. Often he showed his appreciation by anonymously paying a tab at a restaurant, attending the funeral of a fallen solider or cooking a large pot of jambalaya with his grandchildren and offering food to everyone working or homeless after Katrina. The cliché “give the shirt off his back” is how Conrad Rossie lived his life. Conrad was a member of Knights of Columbus and a parishioner of Holy Ghost Catholic Church.
Conrad is survived by his loving wife Carolyn Baglio Rossie, his daughters, Julie Vicknair, and her husband Parish, Tracey Rossie, Connie Lavigne, and her husband Chip; his grandchildren, Leyton Lavigne, Sydney Lavigne, Madison Vicknair and Brantley Vicknair; his brothers, Ronnie Rossie and his wife Catherine and I.B. Rossie, his sisters, Aurelia Rownd and her husband Billy and Bobbette Beck and her husband David; and also many nieces, nephews and close friends.
He is preceded in death by parents, George and Aurelia Rossie.
A Visitation for Conrad will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 8:30 am until 11:30 am at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond. A Mass of Christian Burial Celebrating Conrad's Life will immediately follow visitation at 11:30am in the church. Entombment will follow at Rose Memorial Park Mausoleum in Hammond. In lieu of flowers the family requests mass intentions for the repose of his soul.
Conrad's guest book can be viewed at www.harrymckneely.com.