William E. Rose – 7/19/2023

July 21st, 2023

William Edward Rose, Jr., known to most as Bill, passed away peacefully at home with his family on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Bill was born on November 29, 1957, to William and Marie (Junto) Rose. He was primarily raised in Linwood, PA, and attended schools in the Chichester area.

A jack of all trades, Bill’s path took him from carpentry work with his brother and mentor, Bobby, to a stint as an armored car driver, to factory work at Foamex in Eddystone PA, to working in the medical field as a standardized patient in physician licensing examinations, with many stops in between.  In 2013, he retired to Arizona, where he volunteered his time to rebuild a one-room schoolhouse, hiked Casa Grande Mountain, and took pride in maintaining his four acres of desert land until the call of his grandkids brought him back to Delco.  During the last two years of his life, Bill cherished the role of being the best PopPop to his beloved grandchildren, Autumn and River Rose. His dedication to, and love for, his family brought immense joy to all in his later years.

Bill is survived by his wife Kathleen (nee Tustin), their sons Andrew, Christopher (his wife Dana) and John, as well as children from previous relationships – Amber, Amy, Joseph and Matthew.  He is also survived by his brother John James, aunt Elizabeth, uncle Lucian, cousins Lisa and Bruce, niece Julie and nephew RJ, as well as a host of extended relatives and friends.

May God rest his soul.  His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 25th at 12pm graveside at Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, PA.  As friends and relatives arrive at the cemetery, funeral staff will be available for directions to the appropriate site.  A celebration of Bill’s life is also being planned and will be announced at a later date.

11 thoughts on “William E. Rose – 7/19/2023

  1. Bill,
    We knew this was coming, and still feel numb from the reality you are gone. Am happy we reconnected after Foamex. Nothing but love and respect for you Brother, until we meet again on the other side…

  2. Please God may Bill be resting in peace. Please Bill say a prayer for all of us here. See you some day when God calls us home. Kathy we pray for your and loved ones comfort and am always there for you. See you Tuesday.

    • Thank you Paul and thank your mom for coming to Bill’s service. I know he would have been pleased with everything.

  3. I will miss a great many things about you. You were a huge inspiration in my life. You were a jack of all trades ,master of none, but often times better than a master of one. Any project from tileing a bathroom or building a horseshoe pit, to creating a great living space and bedroom for us.

    You were not the most touchy Feely kinda dad but you always showed how much you loved us in your own way.

    I kinda feel guilty for you and mom leaving your Dream home in Arizona to come spend time with your grand babies, but I’m sure it was all worth it for you. I really appreciate the efforts you mad for Autumn and River. I will be sure to remind them of all the great times they had with thier grandfather.

    You will be sorely missed dad, I hope heaven is everything you expected…

  4. Bill, only knew you for a few years, but we had some adventures together that I won’t forget. You were most importantly, a super grandfather to Autumn and River and father-in-law to Dana. I hope there is a Harley or Indian for you to ride in heaven.

  5. What a full life! Hope these great memories make you smile as you reflect and celebrate your life together. Holding you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏❤️

  6. Ok. I changed my mind. One life sentence was not enough. Don’t forget to grab my hands and pull… hard.

  7. I’m going to miss you so very much, but you already know this. All the westerns we would watch together, all the other movies and shows. you’ll never be replaced. you were so one of a kind it was unreal. you were the best dad I could have asked for, and you helped make me into the man I am today, and I’m proud. so thank you for everything, although we’ve already talked about this… I’ll see you on the other side Dad…

  8. Dear Kathie,
    I was so sorry to hear about Bill; my sincere condolences to you and your family.

  9. Kathy and boys…my sincere condolences to you all…can’t think about you guys without smiling. I’m thankful for the memories we created and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers…

  10. In reply to Diane Raimo-Plank.

    We spent Thursday nights cleaning our house so we could hang out and drink beer with you guys on the stoop.

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