George F. Rose, 79, of Ipswich, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Sawtelle Hospice House. George was the beloved husband of Diane Sansone Rose for 53 years, devoted father to Tracy Rose Sardo and Mark Rose, father-in-law to Scott Sardo, grandfather to Hope and Elizabeth, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many.
George was born in Massachusetts and in his early life he lived in several states including Pennsylvania and Connecticut. His favorite places were at his uncle’s dairy farm in Vermont, the family’s camp at Mousam Lake in Maine, and most importantly, the Rose family home on Linebrook Road in Ipswich.
George graduated from high school in Connecticut. He completed the apprentice course at General Electric and worked there for more than 40 years. Family Days at GE were always special to him as he loved bringing his family to show them the projects he was working on – he was incredibly proud of his work making submarine turbines – and the place where he spent much of his time. His love of tinkering carried over into his home life and he created a machine shop in the family’s home where he made parts for a small audio speaker company.
George loved reading and puzzles of every kind. He read several daily newspapers and always completed the crosswords and soduku. Jigsaw puzzles were a favorite pastime and he would spend many hours working on complex puzzles. His favorites were photo puzzles that featured pictures of his family. George was physically strong and loved the challenge of solving problems to build and move things.
Although George was often a peaceful and quiet person, he didn't lack passion and spirit. He deeply enjoyed long conversations with friends and relatives. He was slow to anger but was fiery at times. His kids fondly remember roughhousing and pushing his buttons, but they knew they went too far and would run when they heard the crinkle of the newspaper coming down.
Throughout their marriage, George and Diane loved hosting family gatherings and holidays at their home. After the birth of their granddaughters, these family gatherings and time spent with Hope and Elizabeth became the central focus of George’s life. He thoroughly enjoyed every minute spent with the girls and they inspired him to keep going even when managing his health was incredibly difficult.
To honor George’s wonderful spirit, share stories and remember joyful times together, please join his family for a Celebration of Life at the 1640 Hart House in Ipswich on Sunday, May 7, 2023, from 1-4pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Joslin Diabetes Center. One Joslin Center Suite 745 Boston, MA 02215 . Assisting the Rose family is the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich. To send a letter of condolence to the Rose family please go to: MorrisFH.com .
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