Ronald “Ronnie” Rose passed away after a long illness at the Winchester Hospital on Monday morning, April 23, 2007. He was 80 years old. Ronnie was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the son of the late Graham and Margaret Rose. His family immigrated to the United States when he was 2 years old settling in Cambridge. He grew up and was educated in Cambridge. At the age of 19 he enlisted in the in the Army. He served in the 307th Infantry Division and was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, and the Occupation Medal of Japan.
Ronnie worked for 50 years as a shipping foreman at Houghton Mifflin in Cambridge and Burlington. He was a hard working man and was recognized for 25 years of perfect attendance. He settled in Burlington 50 years ago. He was a man of great faith. He was a very active member of the Fellowship Bible Church and held the positions within the church including the Chairman of the Missionary Board, Church Deacon, and member of the Nominating Committee. He enjoyed vacationing in New Hampshire, especially on the Saco River. He was a huge Red Sox Fan. He was a devoted husband of 59 years. He was a proud and loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Ronnie was the beloved husband of Ida Elizabeth “Betty” (Baker). He was the loving father of Joyce & her husband Joseph Bertolami of Woburn, Cheryl & her husband William Cannon of Baltimore, MD, Lorraine LaRoche of Burlington, Ronald B. of Woburn, and Paul & his wife Lisa of Belmont. Brother of Jean Gallagher of N. Conway, NH. He was the grandfather of Jennifer Campbell, Amy Rose Bertolami, Matthew, Jeremy, & Charity Rose Cannon, Dustin & Michelle LaRoche, Ronald B., Jr., Dennis, Joshua, Nathan, and Melanie Rose. He was also survived by 6 great grandchildren.
A visiting hour will be held at the Fellowship Bible Church on Wednesday April 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. Followed by Funeral Services at 11 a.m. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Ronnie’s name may be made to the Fellowship Bible Church, 71 Center St., Burlington, MA 01803. Arrangements by the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, BURLINGTON. For Obituary & On-line register Book see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net