Don in Ireland
Donald Smith Bossa
  • 80 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 22, 1935
  • Place of birth:
    Stamford, Connecticut, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 10, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Augusta, Georgia, United States
Dad you touched so many and made us all laugh.. We will remember you forever !

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved father, Donald Bossa, 80, born on April 22, 1935 and passed away on September 10, 2015. We will remember him forever.  Please share your messages with friends and family to help celebrate his life and rememberance, words can't express how much your prayers and support mean to all of our family. Thank you ! 

*On November 6th 2015 at 1430 hours, we held a memorial and internment with full military honors for my father-in-law, Donald Bossa, at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St Petersburg, FL.  Grave section Q Grave #313

 ******  We have added information under (his life) tab regarding our scheduled celebration of his life *******


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Theresa Hansell on 12th September 2017

"I still have the last correspondence we shared.  I wish you were still here with us my friend.  I have so many wonderful memories of the times we spent together!  Rest in peace my friend!"

This tribute was added by Don Mahon on 22nd April 2017

"Don...Think of you often and the great times as young whippersnappers in Harbor View. Terrific memories of growing up in that great community and the fun and pranks. RIP, pal. Don Mahon"

This tribute was added by Lori & Doug Palladino on 10th October 2016

"Dad, you have a baby boy great grandson.  Jason Douglas Goss was born on October 1,2016.  He is a healthy beautiful baby boy.  Randi is a wonderful mother and her husband is amazing.  I know that you were with them on the birth of your great grandson. He is one week and one day old today and is the sweetest angel I have ever seen.  Thank you for watching down upon Randi and Doug as they brought him into this world.  He has an old soul and i know that you are with us always.  It will show as he grows.  mom is in love with him from afar as we have had horrible weather here.  I will be making my visit to you on Friday for my birthday to be with you.. Our big joke yes now I am half of 104.
I love you dad. Please know that you are always with me."

This tribute was added by Lori & Doug Palladino on 11th September 2016

"Dad- Today came so fast- one year yesterday since your passing.  We are all moving on in our daily lives filled with love and joy.  You are with me every step of the way.  We are expecting our first grandchild and I will continue to journal memories to share with him as he grows.  I know that time will continue on and we will all move forward.  I miss you so much.  Know that I am doing what we talked about and will continue to live my dream.  All my love rest in
peace.  Love Lori"

This tribute was added by Diane Herz on 10th September 2016

"Uncle Don, I'm thinking of you today  -- your incredible humor, your infectious laugh, your brilliant designs and amazing art, your lovely homes, your generosity with family, friends, and neighbors.  I miss you.  Be at peace, love.  Are you in my dreams, or what?  D."

This tribute was added by William Bossa on 8th September 2016

"Dad, It has been a 1 year since your passing September 10, 2015.

Remembering you has been easy!  I do it every day!

But missing you has been a heartache to me....that never will go away!

Love You Dad,  Bill...."

This tribute was added by Lori & Doug Palladino on 20th April 2016

"I miss you dad.."

This tribute was added by Lori & Doug Palladino on 11th January 2016

"Dad,  It was great coming to your resting place and spending the afternoon with you on such a beautiful sunshine filled day.  I miss you every minute of everyday. Love you ! Lori"

This tribute was added by Lori & Doug Palladino on 16th December 2015

"Hello Dad,
Christmas is approaching and it brings back many memories of how you loved Christmas and did the most amazing drawings for me in past few years that it is something I hold close to my heart.  I miss you and know that you are looking down on us and smiling !  This year has been so hard and it saddens me that I will never hear your wonderful laugh..  I miss you horribly.. Love you Lou lou"

This tribute was added by Lori & Doug Palladino on 11th November 2015

"Today is Veterans day and I will be coming out to your resting place to pay my respects.  I am not sure the word closure will ever be in my heart when thinking of you.  The last 4 years was the hardest time in all of our families lives but  knowing that you now rest in your chosen resting place with your respected veterans is a wonderful feeling.  I know I will see you someday and can't wait to get a great big hug from you.  I miss you dad.. Lori"

This tribute was added by Lori & Doug Palladino on 5th November 2015

Family arrives today and tonight in honor of our celebration of your life. My heart is heavy and know that this will be some closure for us all.  Bay Pines Veteran Memorial is a beautiful garden like area where you will be close to the water.  Family and friends have been welcomed to join and we will toast to your life as you wished.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you-tomorrow will be your final resting place.  Rest in peace dad- I love you."

This tribute was added by June Stackhouse on 26th October 2015

"Don was one of my favorite cousins--I remember so many good times with him when we were growing up.  I am so sorry that he has left us, but I thought that something had happened when I did not get answers to my last letters.  My prayers are with you Lori and with Barbara and Nancy.  I wish his last years had been happier, but he always tried to be up beat in his letters, and I really will miss corresponding with him.  He leaves lots of old and good memories."

This tribute was added by Lori & Doug Palladino on 5th October 2015

I know that you are with me everyday-it is just now setting in that the phone is not going to ring on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM for our weekly chats. Your box arrived today with all of the letters and items you had with you. I am trying to reach out to your friends who's letters you never got to answer.  Some people have not been informed of your passing.  I will do my very best to let them know that you are no longer suffering and that we are having your celebration on November 6th at Bay Pines National Memorial Cemetery as you wished.  
I am donating your hearing aids and glasses to a local organization that will make sure someone in need gets them. I miss you dad- every minute of everyday.
your Lou-lou ( Lori)"

This tribute was added by Nancy Herz on 28th September 2015

"Don will always be my big brother that I idolized. I was 7 years younger than he.  With all that age difference I was to him "the brat" until I reached my 40s. Then we became real friends.  As a child I thought there was no one better than he, funnier, or more handsome! I remember him tickling me unmercifully, and me harassing him by hiding behind the sofa where he and one of his many girlfriends would sit and hold hands.  I loved him so much I cried a lot when he joined the navy, Wow, was he handsome in his uniform!

My beloved brother Don was incredibly talented! He took houses and finished them and renovated them all with the skill of his own brain and hands. His art work was and is beautiful. One of his best talents is how he could tease you and make you laugh and love you at the same time. Don and I were very sympatico with our interests in boats and sailing and our dreams of freedom.  We didn't need to speak to communicate our closness, it was just always there.

So, my wonderful brother, I miss you and always will until the time of our reunion, that I know will happen!  I wish you Joy and Love in your new home. I see you sailing in freedom like we planned.  Please save me a seat in the cockpit next to you where we can sail off together in Joyous Freedom. Thank you for loving me, my sweet brother! .Your little sister, Nancy."

This tribute was added by Diane Herz on 22nd September 2015

"Uncle Don,
Your charisma your charm your sparkling eyes will live long after your body has gone. You were always so kind to me and you made me laugh.  You inspired me with your amazing art and your bold humor. I loved our letters the last few years.  It was such a treat to know you in this way -- open, introspective, wise, humble.  A gift I will treasure forever.

My Uncle Don was so funny, handsome, talented. We lost touch for decades but reconnected when Lori hosted a family reunion a few years back. My favorite memory was a visit he made in 1981. I was 16 and working at a dry cleaners and a boy walked in and asked me "Are you a dream or what?" I thought it was ridiculously funny and told Don.  Then he drew the whole scene for me and gave me the art. Forever after that, Uncle Don greeted me with that question.  I will miss his warmth and candor and look forward to seeing him on the other side some day.


This tribute was added by Theresa Hansell on 19th September 2015

"I have so many wonderful memories of my friend.  Don and I shared so many fun filled times together.  He was a fun loving person and such a talented artist.  It is so hard to look at these pictures and realize that he is gone.  Rest in Piece my wonderful friend."

This tribute was added by joann e hubert on 18th September 2015

"I never met Don but I know his daughter very well and I know that she loved him very much and he must have been a wonderful guy to have
raised such a kind and loving daughter.  Lori, I am so sorry for your loss; losing a dad is so hard.  My dad has been gone for 8 years, but
I can tell you that everyday I remember a story or event that brings him back to me big as life.  Whenever you see a cardinal, they say it is a visit from a loved one who has passed.  Take comfort in knowing that he will always be with you."

This tribute was added by Lori Sarnese on 18th September 2015

"So sorry you are going thru such a sad time Lori.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.  Your Dad will continue to be with you in spirit...much love to you.."

This tribute was added by Lori & Doug Palladino on 17th September 2015

Tonight I light a candle in hopes I find the light to guide me through this life.  We always had this closeness that was unspoken.  When visiting you in your last week of life after all the tubes were removed and you were out of your coma I got to see the light in your eyes when we were able to get you some ice cream (with out permission)!  I thought you would remove the color from the spoon that you were tasting from.  I have always called on mom for direction and do on a daily basis.  She has been so instrumental in my life.  All daughters aim to be daddy's girl and I have to admit at times I had to fight to be the light in your eye. However, I have discovered throughout this process that I have become strong and that I don't let people or things get the best of me
anymore.  You said to me the last time I saw you " You are so strong." Yes married to a seal makes you strong but, my strength has come from my fight to keep our family some how a normal  ( family unite ) and try to provide for you the way you needed to be provided for with dignity and courage.  I love you dad and I will write when I can find the words to describe things best.  I love you and I am crushed that we could not give your Florida sunset.  I know that you been forgiven on so many levels by what you have done over the past few years.  You have given back on so many levels that not every person will understand.  You never judged and still help those who were less fortunate.  I  am a believer god has a plan for all of us.  With god as my guide now I will try to do the best I can every day to be the best person I can and to help all those along the way..  Thank you for the lessons I have learned by this experience of the past few years and being able to help when times were hard.  

I feel as though you are still near-and maybe you are as you said to me when I asked how will I know it's you.  You said you will see me in your dreams.  So, I can't wait to sleep so I can see my daddy I love so much. For now sweet dreams.  Till I can find more words to express this terrible loss to our world.  May your art guide me, may your smiles comfort me and may your love surround me and those who love you.
Dad- I miss you !!!
Love Lou- Lou"

This tribute was added by Doug Murphy on 12th September 2015

"Uncle Don was one of my favorite people, he always had time for me, even when he was working at home when we would come visiting. He had a excellent sense of humor, and made me laugh until me stomach hurt. I'll miss his letters and drawings with his particular insight on life. Be in piece my uncle for your journey is over and it's time to rest. I'll think of you often."

This tribute was added by Don Mahon on 11th September 2015

"A great tribute, Lori & Doug. My twin brother Bill and i became friends with Don when we were all growing up in Harbor view in Norwalk, Connecticut. We stayed in touch in later years and with Hank Burr, the 3 of us organized a reunion of all kids i believe in the 1980s who grew up in Harbor View. We had some 60 in the Clubhouse as I remember From a young age, Don showed promise as a Graphic Designer and made a successful career out of it. He has been in our thoughts for the past several years and will always be remembered as good friend with a great sense of humor.."

This tribute was added by page Pate on 11th September 2015

"Don was a solid, honest guy with a lot of character. I met him during a very difficult and stressful time. He handled one of the most challenging events a person could ever face with grace and dignity.

Everyone who knows Don knows he was a talented artist. Although he had no reason to, he was kind enough to give me one of his drawings. It's one of the best gifts a client has ever given me.

Take care and be in peace, Don."

This tribute was added by Bob Malin on 10th September 2015

"Don and I have been friends for a long time.We worked together and had fun at it. He had a great sense of humor. He helped me cut some trees back in the 60's. We went to my cousins cabin in Vt for an adventure. My Lady and I visited him in North GA a few years back
We kept in touch via letters in recent times. I'll miss my pal."

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