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man of the year GILROY spice of life awards Pedro Jaime Rosso, 67, is named for his grandfather but goes by Jaime. He was born and raised in San Bernardino as the oldest of ten children. He gradu- ated from a small Catholic high school in 1970 in a class of 70 students where he served as Senior Class President. He briefly attended San Jose State Universi- ty but found the culture shock and many thousands of students too much, so he returned to Southern California to attend Pedro Jaime ROSSO Loyola Marymount. In 1975, Jaime and his wife, Evelia, moved to Gilroy where they’ve lived ever since. Jaime’s service to the community started in 1975, and 45 years later, he hasn’t stopped. Rosso’s Furniture in Gilroy is the flagship store for the family business which start- ed in 1978 in a 1,500 square foot building on First Street. The walls of his office in the Gilroy store are decorated with family photos, plaques and certificates of past awards, furniture-store sales posters, and past political campaign posters. Written & Photographed By Craig Lore 20 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SPRING 2020