Born and raised in the industrious city of Brooklyn, New York, John Rosatti was brought up in a
loving, traditional Italian family. Reared by his father Edward John Rosatti, a city worker, and his
mother Angeline, a seamstress, Rosatti lived with his parents and older sister Dorothy in a small,
basement apartment. From early on, Rosatti was seen as intelligent, attentive, and had a smile that
even today delights anyone who is around him. Growing up with strong familial ties to their Italian
community, the two Rosatti children attended the customary Catholic schools and attended Mass on a
regular basis. Family dinners were a vital part of their young lives, which always included spending
time with extended family members, as well as close friends from within their tight-knit community.
Rosatti took great personal pride and admiration in his paternal grandfather, John Adam Bassett, who
was a decorated U.S. Naval Officer. Bassett, who changed his last name from Rosatti to avoid unjust
work discrimination toward people of Italian descent, played a vital role in fighting off the enemy
during WWII in 1944. His heroics are documented by Alfred B. Stanford in the book, “Force
Mulberry: The Planning and Installation of the Artificial Harbor of U.S. Normandy Beaches in
WWII” (Whitehead Press). Bassett received the Bronze Star for efficient expeditions and accurate
placing of block ships and concrete caissons, while under constant enemy fire off the coast of France.
Rosatti’s father and grandfather instilled in him a strong work ethic, and from the early age of 11
years old, he entered the work force delivering meats in the neighborhood via his bicycle. He acquired
his mechanical skills by helping his father work on boats at the local docks, which eventually led him
to use those same skills to venture into the automobile industry. What began with stints driving a dump
truck and then a cab for a small car service, developed into a full-fledged career. With his first wife
Joann by his side, whom he married at the young age of 21, he began to learn the intricate details of
running a car dealership. Through hard work and a keen eye for opportunity, Rosatti purchased an
Oldsmobile dealership in Flatbush in 1978.
Author Napoleon Hill said ‘whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve’ and John Rosatti did the same.