Kenneth Arnold Rose

Kenneth A. Rose

Kenneth Arnold Rose, of Bernardston, Mass., passed away in his home on Thursday, May 9, with his loving wife, Joan, by his side. He was 83.

Ken lived a rich life surrounded by his family and many friends. He was born in Greenfield, Mass., on Aug. 5, 1935, son of Leon and Gladys (Graves) Rose.

Ken grew up on his family’s farm in Sunderland and was educated at Sunderland Grammar School and Deerfield High School.

Ken met his wife over a bushel basket of tomatoes, a well-loved family story. They married in 1957 at First Congregational Church of Sunderland and settled in Sunderland at the Rose brothers’ farm. Ken, Joan and their children moved to Bernardston in 1968.

Ken loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was an avid coon and deer hunter and fisherman. He taught his children to fish in local brooks and spent much time untangling fishhooks from trees. He coached his children’s little league teams and was in the audience at nearly all his grandchildren’s concerts, school plays, dance recitals, football games and horse shows. Ken picked up motorcycling in his 70s, and he and Joan enjoyed motorcycle trips to Lake George and Long Island, often with a homemade coffee cake in the saddlebag.

Ken was a hard worker, supporting his family farm as a young man, then working in construction and public works later in his life. He spent many of his early years driving the school bus and returned to it after retirement, often with Joan riding shotgun. He was a skilled carpenter and worked for local construction companies as well as the Bernardston water and highway departments.

Ken served with the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and twice enlisted. He was honorably discharged in 1957 and 1960.

Ken was loved dearly and will be missed by his family, wife, Joan, son Arnold and his wife, Marlene; son Gerry and his wife, Jennifer; and daughter Debbie and her husband, Brian.

In addition, Ken will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Jeremy, Jessica, Jake and wife Lori, Ashley and husband Brian, Heather and boyfriend Keith, Lindsay and husband Brandon, Shelby, Nicole and husband CJ, and Dylan and wife Angel, and great grandchildren Jeremiah, Kayden, Brian, Zayden, Jillian, Lorelei and Isabella.

Ken will also be dearly missed by sister Barbara Boulden, sister Janet and her husband, Dick Burt, and his many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ken is predeceased by sons Jim Rose and Andrew Rose, great-grandson Latrelle Rose, sisters Eleanor Miller, Shirley Stevens and Bernice Joslyn, and brothers Clarence Rose, Floyd Rose and Norman Rose.

The family will receive friends and family at Walker Funeral Home on May 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A service in honor of Ken’s life will be held at First Congregational Church of Sunderland on May 14 at 11 a.m., followed by a graveside service at North Sunderland Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to return to First Congregational Church of Sunderland following the graveside service.

Walker Funeral Home is at 14 High St., Greenfield, Mass. First Congregational Church of Sunderland is at 91 S. Main St., Sunderland, Mass.