Twenty-seven balloons were released into the blue skies Thursday at noon in memory of Anthony (Ace) Chalise Redpath Rossetti who died July 1 in a car crash. About 35 friends and family members gathered at Cottonwood Island Park, near the place where four spruce trees have been planted in his memory.
Dec. 16 marks Rossetti’s 27th birthday.
“Each of us has found ways to remember and honour Chalise’s memory. The balloon send off was arranged by Steve Mcarville.It’s sad and at the same time uplifting that the death of a great man can bring so many people together,” said Daniel Shawn McLeod, a close friend of Rossetti. The balloons (most of them black, some white) have laminated messages attached.
So if they land in water or dirt, they can still be read. “We’re hoping that maybe in the next few days or months from now anyone who finds the balloons will post a message on his Facebook page telling us how and where they were found.”
The heavy metal guitarist and mentor had a soft heart and a gift for uniting and inspiring people, McLeod said.
“He had a special way about him. Through his Facebook page, many of us have been able to meet other people in Chalise’s life and find out other (aspects) of his life we didn’t know about.”
Rossetti, a guitarist, had many friends among fellow musicians, he said.
“It’s awesome because most of his friends are metal heads’ with tattoos and in that sense, we’re like branded people.
“But we care very deeply about our friends. Chalice was a true metal guy and I’m more the soft/hard rock guitar player, songwriter but somehow Chalice brought us all together.”
The two met in 2003 and had a common bond; music.
“He was my best friend forever,” said McLeod.”Chalise had nothing but a good heart. He was also a very good guitarist who helped get people started in learning guitar.”
Last summer, McLeod put together a heavy metal tribute concert at the Roll-A-Dome with 16 local and out of town bands taking to the stage. Rossetti, 26, was killed when his car went out of control and struck a power pole at Miworth Rd.
He was the sole occupant.
A foundation in honour of Rossetti’s kind soul, The Ace of Arts Educational Society, is being established to help underprivileged local youth getting started in music.
“The society will reflect Chalice’s passion for helping others explore their inner creativity, something we all have, but that he was able to encourage. He inspired people to really shine,” said McLeod. “We will all miss you buddy. You are a legend lost but never forgotten. Keep your horns up for our fallen brother m/ m/.”