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.