James Edward Rosa

July 31, 2006

James Edward Rosa
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

JAMES EDWARD ROSA – in Woburn, Monday, July 31st, beloved husband of Mary (Ventura) Rosa. Devoted father of Ed Rosa and his wife Joan of Woburn, Elaine Herlihy and her husband Joseph of Dracut, James Rosa and his wife Kathy of Methuen and Joseph Rosa and his wife Tina of Weare, NH. Dear brother of Dorothy “Dottie??? Flaherty of Wayland and the late Adelaine Vento, Mary Chicarello and William Rosa. Cherished grandfather of Jeanette, Michael, Mark, David, Keith, Kevin, Katelyn and Justin and great grandfather of Gavin, Charles and the late Colin. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, August 3rd, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Rosa’s memory to Hospice Care, Inc.,41 Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA 02180 or to Boston VAMC, Fiscal Dept., 150 S. Huntington St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130,please make note on your check, Section for Vist GPF 5205.

OBITUARY:

James Edward Rosa of Woburn, passed away Monday morning at home, surrounded by his family after a brief illness. The beloved husband of Mary (Ventura) Rosa, Mr. Rosa celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday on July 21st. Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Manual and Adelaine (Frances) Rosa. Raised in Cambridge, Mr. Rosa was educated in the Cambridge Public School System.

In July of 1942, Mr. Rosa married his wife Mary to whom he was lovingly devoted. Last month they celebrated their sixty-fourth anniversary. In September of that same year, Mr. Rosa enlisted in the United States Army where he served at the 40th General Hospital in Memphis, TN, during WWII. Upon completion of his military service, he returned to Somerville and shortly after relocated to Woburn. He and Mary made their home on the East side of Woburn, where they have lived for over sixty years and where they raised their four children. In the summer months, they enjoyed cookouts complete with traditional Portuguese food and during the holidays their home was always full with relatives and loved ones. The family frequented Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, Plum Island and Hampton as Mr. Rosa loved to fish, both fresh and salt water. After retiring he made daily trips to Horn Pond where he walked and enjoyed fishing for many years. Mr. Rosa was an accomplished furniture refinisher for Jordan Marsh Furniture for thirty-five years before retiring in the early eighties.

In later years, Mr. Rosa was blessed with eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He babysat for them and loved read to them. “Pa??? as he was affectionately called, would often get a phone call from his grandchildren asking for him to come over to play and he cherished the opportunity to do so.

Mr. Rosa was predeceased by his siblings, Adelaine Vento, Mary Chicarello and William Rosa and his great grandson Colin.

In addition to his wife, Mary ( Ventura) Rosa, he is survived by his children, Ed Rosa and his wife Joan of Woburn, Elaine Herlihy and her husband Joseph of Dracut, James Rosa and his wife Kathy of Methuen, Joseph Rosa and his wife Tina of Weare, NH, his sister Dorothy “Dottie??? Flaherty of Wayland, eight grandchildren, Jeanette, Michael, Mark, David, Keith, Kevin, Katelyn and Justin and great grandchildren, Gavin and Charles. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn on Thursday, August 3rd, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington St., Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Rosa’s memory to Hospice Care, Inc.,41 Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA 02180 or to Boston VAMC, Fiscal Dept., 150 S. Huntington St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, please make note on your check Section for Vist GPF 5205.

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  1. Susan Chicarello
    Sorry to hear of your loss. I am sending my condolence to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love Susan & Bob

  2. Herb & Lee Mello & family

    Dear Cousin Mary & Family;

    We hope that you can find comfort in happy memories of times shared with Jim. He will be missed but never forgotten. We wish that we could be there with you at this time.

    God bless and comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.

    We send our love from Texas to you and all your family.

    Cousin Herb & Lee

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