James A. Rose, 88, of East Falmouth, died peacefully at Royal Megansett nursing home, surrounded by family, on November 20, 2020. He was predeceased in August of this year by his wife of 64 years Barbara L. (Wagner) Rose.
Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Arthur and Bessie Rose. He grew up living at 4843 Washington St. in West Roxbury and graduated from Roslindale High School in 1949 and later that year moved to South Weymouth, MA. For 2 years (1953-54) he served in the US Army Medical Service, mainly in Trieste, Italy. Just prior to entering the Army, he met his beloved wife, Barbara, at the West Roxbury Methodist Church where they were married in 1956.
Barbara and Jim first settled in South Weymouth, MA and later, in Abington, MA and there raised their three children.
In the late 1950’s into the early 1960’s, Jim worked with this father as a painter / wallpaper hanger. He spent the majority of his career as an automotive parts warehouse manager. He concluded his working career managing parts and supplies at Hoadley Plumbing in Rockland, MA, where he thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in Boston Harbor cleanup projects at Deer Island and other projects elsewhere in New England. In retirement he worked part-time for NAPA in Falmouth until 2014.
Jim was a good, generous, and hard-working man. He was devoted to, and took great pride in, his family. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed family and other social gatherings. He was someone who could always be counted on for help and support when needed. He loved cars, especially antiques, and took great enjoyment and pride in the maintenance and condition of his cars. He had similar pride in his home and worked tirelessly on its upkeep. Jim and Barbara loved going on road trips, exploring many locations in the Northeastern US and Canada. Jim took the photos and Barbara documented their trips in photo albums. Their “trip of a lifetime” was to Alaska, in 1995 with their good friends Don and Sandy Abt.
Jim thoroughly enjoyed the beach and beginning in 1960 annually vacationed in East Falmouth. His favorite was Menauhant Beach. Jim and Barbara finally moved to East Falmouth full-time in 1997 and he was able to achieve a life-long goal of having a resident beach sticker. They were warmly welcomed by the Clearwater Drive neighborhood and made lasting friendships during their time there.
He is survived by his children, Linda Steele and her spouse, Gene Marchand, of East Falmouth; Donald Rose and his wife, Alice, of York, ME; Susan Schultz and her husband, Mark of Medway, MA; granddaughter, Emily J. Chamblee, and her husband Zech, of South Berwick, ME and grandson, Michael Schultz of Worcester, MA; his brother, Ralph E. Rose and his wife Marion of Sandwich, MA; along with 6 nieces and nephews.
The family gratefully thanks the staff at Royal Megansett Nursing Home in North Falmouth for their kind and compassionate care of Dad over the past four years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Neighborhood Falmouth, P.O. Box 435 Falmouth, MA 02541 OR Royal Megansett Nursing Home 209 County Road North Falmouth, MA 02556.
Jim will be laid to rest alongside his beloved Barbara in Marston’s Mills Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, funeral services will be private.