Noted builder dies

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    One of the business captains who helped shape Peachtree City died of cancer at his home Wednesday afternoon.

    Vincent Rossetti,85,a retired custom homebuilder, whose company worked in dozens of Georgia communities, and was one of the first major builders in Peachtree City was a native of Baltimore and came to the area more than 40 years ago.

    He established Ravin Homes and built his first Georgia houses in Peachtree City during the 1970s. Those custom designed homes helped make the city into the thriving community of nearly 35,000 residents that it is today. As he expanded the company’s operations, he insisted on solid business practices and customer relations. The company has since worked in 58 communities throughout Fayette County and the south side of Atlanta.

    After much success in the industry in his early years, Rossetti decided to branch out on his own and chose Peachtree City, which at the time was little more than tracts of undeveloped land with about 2,300 residents, as the base for his new company. He joined the Homebuilders Association of Midwest, Ga. and served a term as its president.

    The Rossettis were married 62 years and are the parents of five sons and two daughters. At one time or another, his wife and nearly all the children worked for Ravin Homes, which remains a family owned company.

    To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, the Rossettis traveled with their entire family to Italy. They visited the towns where their ancestors were born and stayed in a villa in Tuscany.

    In February of this year, tragedy struck the family. V. Michael Rossetti, the oldest son and president of Ravin Homes, died in a plane crash at LaGrange Callaway Airport in western Georgia. The community rallied. A Mass of Christian burial is being celebrated at 11 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City.