NEW BEDFORD-Robert John Rose, 87, of New Bedford passed away on July 17, 2020 after a brief period of declining health.
Born in New Bedford in 1933, raised in Harwich, he was the eldest son of the late John F. and Mabel (Costa) Rose of Harwich. Mr. Rose spent his entire adult life in New Bedford.
Robert was a veteran of the Korean War, joining the United States Air Force in 1951 and serving for three years before being discharged in 1954. He was very proud of being a veteran, especially an Air Force veteran and of having worked on the B-51s. He was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation (awarded to his unit for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States.
Soon after returning home, he married and began to raise a family.
Mr. Rose joined the New England Teamsters, was well known and had many, many friends along the waterfront during his working years as a Tanker Captain with the New Bedford Seafood Co-op.
Upon retirement, his life was quiet, focused around family and friends. He enjoyed following his favorite sports teams, football particularly, gambling and most of all, his well-earned "peace and quiet". He will be forever loved and very much missed by all of us.
He is survived by his former wife, Judith, his three daughters, Rae Roberta of New Bedford, Barrie Lee Slater and her husband, Thomas, and Roxi Jae and her husband, Peter Comerford and two grandsons, Jacob and Noah Slater, his brother, Richard H. Rose of Harwich, sister Mary Patricia Rose of Mashpee, his cousin, Barbara Teixeira of New Bedford, and a large extended family in Harwich, Pleasant Lakes and Brewster.
In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Rose will be cremated.
His service will be conducted in the funeral home on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. Visitation prior to the service from 9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M. He will be laid to rest with full military honors beside his parents at Island Pond Cemetery in Harwich, Mass. at 12:30 P.M.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to AUBERTINE-LOPES FUNERAL HOME, 129 Allen St., New Bedford.
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