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From ICAS Fast Facts:

As well-known and well-loved as Jimmy Rossi was within the air show community, we know that many of you are interested in receiving details on funeral arrangements and memorial services.

Jimmy's family will have a small, private funeral for him later this week or early next.  In accordance with his wishes, the family is also planning to have a larger memorial service and celebration of his life early next year.  ICAS will provide information on the date and location of that event when the details are settled.

Those interested in sending a note of condolence to the family may send that to Jimmy's wife,  Mrs. Barbara Rossi, 7164 SE 93rd Street, Ocala, Florida 34472.

Also, at the request of Jimmy's family, the ICAS Foundation has established a memorial scholarship in Jimmy's name. Though details are still being worked out, it is the family's intention to designate a young man or woman each year to receive the Jimmy Rossi Memorial Scholarship to help defray the costs of learning to fly or learning to fly aerobatics.

Rossi learned to fly as a young man after saving money from his paper route and forging the signature of his mother. He went on to become a certified flight instructor, member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team, a captain for American Airlines, and a nationally recognized air show performer. It is the hope of Jimmy's family that this scholarship will help an aspiring pilot find the same joy in flying that Jimmy enjoyed nearly all his life.

Contributions to the new Jimmy Rossi Memorial Scholarship should be sent to the ICAS Foundation, 751 Miller Drive, Suite F-4, Leesburg, Virginia 20175.

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