Arthur Rose, 92

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:00pm

A true islander, Arthur Francis “Bo” Rose, 92, died at his West Side Road home on Dec. 23, 2013. A lifelong resident, Arthur was born in the family home on Lakeside Drive, a son of the late Ezra and Bridget (Carroll) Rose.

In 1952, Arthur married the love of his life, Eleanor (Ballard) Rose. They were inseparable. They were often seen in the company of their long-time friends, Agnes and Stanley Stinson. Eleanor passed away in 2005.

Arthur proudly served his country, joining the Army in December, 1942. He participated in the Normandy invasion in June, 1944. He was assigned to Battery C 989th Field Artillery Battalion. After the invasion he joined with Allied Forces, marching and fighting all the way to Germany, eventually ending the German Reich. Arthur received medals and ribbons for taking part in this important historic campaign. Arthur was an Army Ranger, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant, and was honorably discharged in December, 1945. He was a 65-year member of American Legion Post #36 of Block Island.

After his service to his country, Arthur was a long-time line man for the Block Island Power Co., working side by side with the late Merrill Slate. After working at the Power Co., Arthur was a self- employed master electrician and oil burner service man for many years.

Arthur served the Block Island community in many ways. He was the Chief of Police, Fire Chief (1962-1969), Sealer of Weights and Measures, Hunting and Safety Officer, a Game Warden for the State of Rhode Island, member of the Shellfish Commission and the Town Electrical Inspector. Arthur was a long-standing member of the NRA and certified many young men in the use and safety of firearms.

Arthur received the Bayberry Wreath Award in 2006. Most recently he was given the Boston Post Cane, signifying the oldest living person on Block Island at his 92nd birthday party at the 1661 Inn. In his younger days, Arthur could be found in the company of Stanley Stinson and Tiny Sprague.

Arthur was predeceased by his sister Mary (Rose) Abel.

Arthur is survived by daughter Jan Mulcahey (Tim) of Barefoot Bay, Florida, sons Irving (Karen) of Barefoot Bay, Florida, and Marshall (Pat) of Micco, Florida. He has six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his niece Connie Capron of Attleboro, Mass. and a nephew, Larry Sherwood of Amelia Island, Florida. He also leaves behind a grateful and saddened family, the community of Block Island.

A memorial service and burial in the Island Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Contributions in his memory to the Block Island Fire and Rescue Department or The Mary D Fund would be appreciated.