08/15/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Bill Roos

William Topkis 'Arch' Roos
(d. 11 Aug 2007)

Bullis Prep School Class of @ 1945

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    Sad news did not stay away while I was out of town.   Bill Roos, husband of NNHS graduate Joanne Kates Roos, and surely a familiar figure to every Nachman's customer, has passed away in Yorktown at the age of 80.

   I well remember Mr. Roos as one of the most impressive figures I ever met.  He was handsome, gracious, and exuded an air of both strength and gentleness.

From the Daily Press - 08/14/07:    

          William Topkis 'Arch' Roos

  YORKTOWN - William Topkis 'Arch' Roos, 80, passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007. Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Harry B. and Jechebet T. Roos. Mr. Roos attended Bullis Prep School and the United States Naval Academy where he excelled at playing football. He was the first member of his class to gain command of a ship, the USS Brandt. After leaving the service in 1954, he came to Newport News to work in his wife's family business, Nachman's Department Store, where he was general manager. Under his leadership, Nachman's was the first peninsula business to integrate their lunch-counter. From 1974 to 1993, he was President of Penn's Luggage Shops in the Tidewater area. During that time, he was a board member and served as President of the National Luggage Dealers Association. Mr. Roos was very active in his community having served on the Downtown Merchants Association and the Newport News Planning Commission. He was campaign chair-person of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. In 1972, he was appointed to the State Highway Commission by Gov. Holton; he was on the boards of Dominion Resources/ Virginia Power, Newport News Savings and Loan, and First and Merchants Bank. His philanthropic interests included serving on the Family Services Board and serving as President of the United Jewish Community. Mr. Roos was a recipient of the Humanitarian Award of the National Council of Christians and Jews. Most recently, he had been involved in the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and was a great supporter of Naval Academy athletics where he established the Pooley Award for exceptional sportsmanship in football. He also supported the establishment of a Jewish Chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Joanne Kates Roos; two daughters, Donna Roos, Linda Roos and her husband, Kenny Cole Jr.; a son, David Nachman Roos; three grandchildren, Billy and Hannah Cole and Holly Jo Roos; sister, Natalie R. Swan of California and her family; and a sister-in-law, Sue Anne Bangel, her husband Bill and their family. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the nurses and doctors who cared for him at the Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News during his recent illness. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Peninsula Funeral Home, conducted by Rabbi Mei'rah Illinsky. Burial will follow in Rosenbaum Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Achievable Dream 10858 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601, Friends of the Jewish Chapel at the United States Navel Academy 326 First Street, Suite 22 Annapolis, MD 21403, or the Building Fund at Temple Beth El 600 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA 23185 or a charity of choice. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press from 8/13/2007 - 8/14/2007.
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I would like to express my deepest sympathy at this time of loss. I pray that God comforts you with his everlasting love and peace.

Holly Jo
Holly Jo Roos (Newport News, VA) - August 13, 2007
Lynne & Joe Familant (Va Beach, VA) - August 13, 2007
 I appreciated Bill's understanding ways when he was a Director of Va. Natural Gas. He was always a gentleman and had a genuine concern for the "human" side of business. Annette and I send our condolences to Joann and the family.
BILL FRITSCHE (VA BEACH, VA) - August 13, 2007
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Cousins Judy & Chick Becker ... Bill was an Officer and a Gentleman. He will be missed by many.
 - August 13, 2007
Joanne and Family- Bill Roos was a great Navy man and a staunch friend of the Naval Academy Foundation and Alumni Association. He will be missed by all of us!
Dick Johnson (Annapolis, MD) - August 13, 2007
Joanne and family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you. Mr. Roos was always good to me all the years I worked for Penn's and I am truly saddened to hear of his passing. Joanne, my thoughts and prayers are with you and may God comfort you in your time of loss.
Mary Searls (Newport News, VA) - August 13, 2007 
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Mrs. Roos and family - sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Lisa Kurtz Shannon (Seaford, VA) - August 13, 2007 
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Joanne and Family: Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Bill was one of the first people I met and really got to know when I began my career at Nachman's, and we stayed friends all through my 34 years in retailing at Thalhimer's and Hecht's. He will be missed.
May God bless you all. Tom Barnes
Tom Barnes (North Port, FL) - August 13, 2007  
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Joanne and Family,
Bill was a delightful man and a pleasure to know. We shared a common bond because of our wonderful children and grandchildren. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.
Rachel and Ken
Rachel Cole (Williamsburg, VA) - August 13, 2007 
Joanne, My most sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Edward Tilles (Newport News, VA) - August 13, 2007  
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Joanne, I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Mr. Roos. I have so many great memories of him and the whole family when I was a switchboard operator at Nachman's. I pray that God will comfort you and your family during this sad time. God bless you all.
Lil Moses (Newport News, VA) - August 13, 2007  
Dear Joanne & family,

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of a very special person.
May the wonderful years you spend together bring you wonderful memories.

In Sympathy,
Ruth Gold Williams & Maurice Cohen
Ruth Gold Williams (Newport News,, VA) - August 14, 2007   
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Joanne - My thoughts, prayers, and memories go out to you and your family. The Penn Luggage legacy couldn't have been carried on better than it was by you and Bill, and for that, I thank you on behalf of my late parents. Please know that my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Jane Penn Clark (Columbia, MD) - August 14, 2007   
Joanne, Donna, Linda and David;
My deepest sympathy goes out to you. Thank you for the many wonderful memories of I have of Bill, you and the children. May GOD give you strength during this difficult time.

Irmatine, Glenwood and Glenn
Earl (HAMPTON, VA) - August 14, 2007
Linda and Family:

May it comfort you to know friends are thinking of you and remembering you in their prayers.

With our deepest sympathy,
Allyssa, Andy, and Mark Harpst (Mahomet, IL) - August 14, 2007
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Dear Joanne,
Michael and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You and Bill were so generous in inviting us to activities in your home, and we have fond memories of those times. I know you will miss him dearly.
fondly, Susan
Susan Snow Burnett (Norfolk, VA) - August 14, 2007   
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I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family,
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Beth Coulson (Jacksonville, NC) - August 14, 2007    
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Thinking of you during this difficult time. Take care and member that you will ALWAYS have your memories. I'll be in prayer for your family.
Donna Taylor (Yorktown, VA) - August 14, 2007  
Dearest Joanne and family
Friends for 47 years, through thick and thin. Although the miles separate us now, the bonds we made have never loosened.
Bill was handsome, bright, kind, respected by all who knew him, (and a heck of a lot of fun to be with). Our phone conversations and occasional visits recently have again confirmed the worth of a true gentleman.
You know we would be with you if Arny were not in Europe. We are with you in our hearts and we mourn with you for your untimely loss.
Judy and Arny Task (Alexandria, LA) - August 15, 2007   
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Joanne...Daniel and I were extremely saddened to hear of Bill's passing. We both have many fond memories with him during the NLDA days! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Robin and Daniel Shapiro (Salt Lake City, UT) - August 15, 2007    
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Dear Joanne,

We are so sad for your loss. We feel so fortunate for the very short time we knew Bill. What a fun evening on your porch and boating on the river. We hope warm and happy memories of your many years together bring you and yours comfort.
Debbie and Bill Eliason (Norfolk, VA) - August 15, 2007    
Joanne, Donna, Linda & David,
I am so glad that I got to see you and Bill last year. It brought back so many memories of growing up in Newport News. I'll always remember horseback riding and crabbing! Linda, we had so many sleepovers together and your parents were the best hosts! "Uncle" Bill was always there for everyone and made everyone feel welcome. Joanne, my thoughts are with you and the family during this time and I cherish the memories that we made together.
Susan (Task) Israel (Tarzana, CA) - August 15, 2007    
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Dearest Joanne,
We are extremely saddened to hear of Bill's passing. We and our daughters, Tali and Michelle, cherish the memory of spending Thanksgiving Dinner with you and Bill in 2004. Our paths of life intersected in more than one occasion. We were looking forward to your anticipated visit in our home. Unfortunately this did not come to fruition. We send our sincere sympathy and thoughts to you, Linda, Donna and David.
Nava & Eitan Tadmor (Chevy Chase, MD) - August 15, 2007    
Darling Joanne and Family,
Our deepest sympathy is sent across the miles to comfort the sorrow of Bill's passing. We hope hope you can feel our hugs around you in spirit.

All our love,
Deb Speer, Jack Fairley, Rachel and Dan Smith
Deb Speer (Issaquah, WA) - August 15, 2007  
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The Post girls offer our deepest sympathy for your loss. We both saw the warm side of "Mr. Roos" many times- Connie at Nachman's and Barb and mother Muriel at Penn's. We will grieve with the entire Roos family.
Connie Post Abernathy
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Barbara Kelly (Suffolk, VA) - August 15, 2007 
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I worked for Nachman's right out of high school in the '60s. I remember that Mr. Roos always said hello whenever I saw him. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Linda Alfrey Walker (Hampton, VA) - August 15, 2007
Joanne, Linda and the Roos family
My deep condolences and prayers at this time of sorrow. I am fortunate to have have met Mr. Roos and will never forget the good memories.
Dan Duna (Newport News, VA) - August 15, 2007
Joanne and Linda,
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. All of you mean so much to my family, and many of our family memories were made with you all down on the river! We will cherish the memories.
Sherri Task Gouterman (Fairfax Station, VA) - August 15, 2007
Joanne and Family: My deepest condolences on your loss. Even though we were young, I remember Bill and you and the children from those days. My parents always considered Bill a professional and a gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Richard Oppenheimer (Boca Raton, FL) - August 16, 2007
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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Joanne and the Roos and Nachman families and their friends at this time.

From Joanne Kates Roos of VA - 08/26/07 - "08/15/07 - NNHS - Bill Roos":

Dear Carol,

I am just beginning to get to my emails.  I thank you for this nice tribute to my husband, Bill Roos, on your web site.

Respectfully, Joanne K. Roos   

   It was my honor, Joanne.  Again, you have our deepest sympathies.

    Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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