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08/18/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Fred Rose

Fred Lee Rose
(20 Aug 1935 - 14 Aug 2009)

Roanoke Rapids High School (NC) Class of l953

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have that promised sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.  Fred Rose, beloved husband of       Janice McCain Rose, Class of 1965, passed away unexpectedly at home in Chesapeake on Friday, August 14, 2009.

 From Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX - 08/14/09, 8:14 PM - "Fred":

Dear Carol,

I am writing this note to let you know that I have just spoken with      Janice (McCain) Rose ('65 - of VA), and she tearfully let me know that Fred passed away today....he died quickly and apparently during a nap...It is a very difficult time for Janice and her children so please inform all our wonderful class-mates so that everyone can have Janice and her children and grandchildren in their prayers.....times like these are never easy, and Janice and Fred had many wonderful years together, so I know this is going to be very hard on her and for those of us who knew Fred too, he will be missed.....please keep the entire family in your prayers!!! 

Lots of love, Rosalee (Wills) Jecmenek

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/15/09, 2:32 AM - "Fred":

Dear Carol...

 Rosalee (Wills Jecmenek - '65 - of TX) was going to try to contact you to let you know that my darling husband died unexpectedly this afternoon while taking a nap.  Please pray for my kids and grandkids....who are hurting so much.  I'll be ok....there will be a memorial service some time later.  He loved going to our reunions as much as I did....and loved my friends also. 


       OHHH, Janice! I found your note and Rosalee's almost simultaneously, and was shocked and anguished to receive your sad news.  Each time I met Fred there were several things that were quite evident - he absolutely adored you, and he was delighted to be at all the reunions, and obviously enjoyed them as much as anyone there.  His whole character showed quite clearly as well.  He was a kind, gentle, and compassionate man, one full of dignity and integrity, and we'll remember him with great fondness.

   Paul and I both send our deepest condolences to you and all your family; you'll of course be in our prayers at this difficult time.  We had both chosen to believe that he was "all better now" - and of course, now, he really is.

Saturday, October 28, 2000
Fred and Janice Rose

From the Daily Press and the Virginian Pilot - 08/18/09:


Fred. L. Rose

    CHESAPEAKE - Fred L. Rose died at home in Chesapeake Aug. 14, 2009, after a brief illness.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Janice McCain Rose; loving children: Jennifer Rose Fegan and husband Jeff and three grandchildren, Bryan D. Rose and wife Karen and two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and Blake D. Rose and wife Rena, all were his most cherished accomplishment.

Fred retired last month as first vice president with Scott & Stringfellow Inc. after 41 years in the brokerage industry.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Coastal Cremations is assisting the family with Fred's final wishes. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at


Published in Daily Press from August 18 to August 19, 2009.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on 8/18/2009.

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From the Daily Press and the Virginian Pilot - 08/26/09:


Fred. Lee Rose

    CHESAPEAKE - Devoted husband, loving father, playful Gramps and friend to all whose paths he crossed, Fred L. Rose, died unexpectedly and peacefully on Aug. 14, 2009.

Fred was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., on April 20, 1935, to Frank and Mamie Smith Rose. He graduated from Roanoke Rapids High School in l953 and the Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School in 1957 as a Machinist. Later he joined the faculty where he taught until 1968. Having a great interest in the stock market, he applied and was accepted as a trainee with Abbott Proctor & Paine in Newport News, Va. He was licensed in February 1968 completing courses in Richmond, Va., and New York City, N.Y. Fred completed studies with the New York Institute of Finance, and Dale Carnegie. He attended classes at Christopher Newport College and over the course of his employment took the required tests and exams issued by the SEC.

With his leadership skills, he soon became Assistant Manager, Sales Manager and Manager with the firms of Abbott Proctor and Paine, Paine-Webber, Bache, and Prudential Bache. Fred opened up new offices in Newport News, Hampton and Tyson's Corner. Later he worked in Washington, D.C., with Prudential-Bache as Vice President in Institutional Services. In 1988, growing tired of commuting from Loudoun County to Connecticut Avenue, he accepted a position with Scott and Stringfellow, Inc. in Norfolk, Va., and retired 21 years later on July 15, 2009, with a retirement luncheon hosted at The Town Point Club by his Scott Family. Fred was a dedicated broker, manager, sales leader, mentor and office buddy for 41 years.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Janice McCain Rose; children, Jennifer Rose Fegan and husband, Jeff, grandchildren, Sam, Harry and Claire from Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Bryan D. Rose and wife, Karen, grandchildren, Shannan, Jessica and great-granddaughter, Leighann, in Gloucester, Va.; and Blake D. Rose and wife, Rena, of Herndon, Va.; other family members and extended families from the marriages of his children; his business partners, Michele Rafferty-Gray and William Rhode; and lastly, his little pets, Sandi and Cupid, who miss their Daddy and will be back in his loving arms at The Rainbow Bridge.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Fred at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Great Bridge Baptist Church, 640 S. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, Va., to honor beautiful memories, celebrate a gracious spirit, and remember a wonderful life.

A reception will follow at Grand Affairs, Chesapeake Golf Club, 1201 Club House Road, Chesapeake, Va.
The family respectfully requests that in lieu of floral tributes, a donation be made in Fred's name to The American Cancer Society, Virginia Beach Office, 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 or online:

Coastal Cremations is in charge of the arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at


Published in Daily Press and in The Virginian Pilot from August 26 to August 27, 2009.
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August 17, 2009
Janice and family,
Don and I are truly saddened to hear about Fred. I have many wonderful memories of you all with Virgie and Chick as well as with Mamie. Please give our love to the children and we hope to see you soon.
~ Tula Polvadore, Ahoskie, North Carolina

August 18, 2009

I share with the family the sadness of the passing of my friend, Fred Rose. I knew Fred for many years. I enjoyed his friendship and also being a client. May your memories be enriched by the experiences you shared.

Sam Saunders
6311 Granby St. #219
Norfolk, Va 23505
~ Sam Saunders, Norfolk, Virginia

August 18, 2009

Janice and family,
I was so sorry to learn of Fred's death. It is never easy to lose that huge part of your life. Our joy can be that he is no longer suffering. I can say that because I lost my husband 12 years ago and I know where he is and that he is free from pain. Only God and the closeness of family and friends will get you through these dark hours. You are in my prayers.
~ Pam Garrett Chalkley, Hampton, Virginia
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August 18, 2009

The Fred Rose Family:

Nancy and I are saddened at the news of the loss of our friend. As his business partner and friend, it can easily be said that he touched many lives with goodness, spirit, a love of life, and integrity. We truly will miss this gentle, good man.
Nancy & Bill
~ Nancy & Bill Rhode, Hampton, Virginia
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August 18, 2009

Janie and I are saddened with the passing of our friend Fred. We have shared so many evenings together. Janice, no man could have asked for a better wife than you have been to Fred and vice versa. We shared some time together in June and Sandy still remembered her place on my knees sitting on the stairwell. We shall miss Fred very deeply.
~ Jerry and Janie Bozeman, The Villages, Florida
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August 18, 2009

I will always remember Fred as "life of the party"... he always had a smile on his face! He is greatly missed but his spirit will be kept alive by all who loved him!
~ Vikki Ryan, Herndon, Virginia
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August 18, 2009

So many great times for us together. We have been so lucky to have known him and more so, to have been friends. All our love to Janice and your family. The picture of Fred, Ed and me at his surprise 70th b'day is one of my great memories and stays on my desk.
~ Rob Roadarmel, Yorktown, Virginia

August 18, 2009

With deepest sympathy.

~ Peggy Danner - BB&T


August 18, 2009

Janice. I have very fond memories of Fred. We always had a lot of laughs and fun. I enjoyed working with him at Bache, Pru and S&S.
~ Gregg Hollidge, Charlotte, North Carolina

August 18, 2009

Fred was the absolute BEST man anyone could have had as a father-in-law. It saddens my heart so very much to know he is no longer here with us physically, but he will ALWAYS be with us in our hearts and memories, and what wonderful memories we have. Fred was such a caring, honest and gentle man... I can't think of anyone that didn't have respect for him. What a great world this would be if everyone had the integrity and character that he possessed. I miss him greatly!
~ Karen Rose, Gloucester, Virginia

August 18, 2009

I have many fond memories of the whole Rose family being so much more than neighbors for all of those years.

Mr. (and Mrs.) Rose was always so genuinely warm & friendly to me and my family. I'll always remember those days as some of the best of my life. Best wishes go out to all of you, R.I.P. Fred.
~ Larry Bowles, Chesapeake, Virginia

August 18, 2009

We are so deeply saddened to learn of Fred's passing. You and he were such a wonderful, loving couple and we have enjoyed every moment we were in your company. Please extend our sympathy to the children and their families. Hope to see you soon.

Walter and Susan
~ Walter & Susan Carter, Gore, Virginia
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August 18, 2009

Kathleen's and my thoughts are with you and your family in this time of loss.
~ Peter Bogatyr, Reston, Virginia

August 18, 2009

Blake, your pop was the Man; I always thought about how lucky you and your family were to have him. Out of all my friend's fathers, Mr. Rose seemed, to me, to be the best mix of friend and disciplinarian; always willing to let us cut loose, but always there to reign us in (if need be).

The thing I remember most about Mr. Rose, and yes, he will always be Mr. Rose to me, was his unrelenting cheerfulness. He always greeted me with a smile and a kind word. Often, he would ask about my future plans and give helpful advice on how to achieve what I would dream up. Few others showed concern as sincerely.

He was truly a asset to the world and he'll be sorely missed by many.
~ Andrew Harris, Brooklyn, New York

August 18, 2009

To the Rose Family
While we haven't had the opportunity to meet all of you, we're sure you're a wonderful group, as one would expect as extensions of Fred and Janice. We held Fred in high regard, and always enjoyed his easy manner as he became a part of any group he touched. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave and Pam Arnold
~ Dave Arnold, Williamsburg, Virginia

August 18, 2009

Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the entire Rose family during this difficult time. We've only had the pleasure of meeting Fred a couple of times, but know much about the great man he was through Blake and Rena, and know how deeply he was loved and will be missed. God bless!

Bob and Carla Prokop
~ Carla Prokop, Springfield, Virginia

August 19, 2009

Dear Janice and family,
May God's loving grace embrace and comfort you in your time of mourning. What you and Fred shared, very few ever know. So take peace in the specialness of your relationship and know you are surrounded by love.

Joe Wingo
~ Joe Wingo, Charlotte, North Carolina

August 19, 2009

Tom & I offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Rose Family. We're very grateful to have had the pleasure of meeting Fred due to Rena & Blake's relationship and later marriage. We'll always remember Fred for his smile, calmness, laughter, gentleness, honesty and loyalty. He surely is greatly missed. God bless all of you.
~ Tom & Karen Ryan, Manassas, Virginia
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August 19, 2009

So sorry for your loss. I particularly enjoyed seeing and being with Janice and Fred at our class reunions. He as a "neat" guy and will be missed. Sincerely, Ron Smith (NNHS/'65)
~ Ron Smith, Scottsville, Virginia

August 19, 2009

Janice, I am so sad to hear of Fred's passing and I can only imagine your pain. You were such a good friend to me growing up and I still treasure those memories. I'd like to come visit you whenever you are ready. Take care and know that I am here if you need me for anything at all.
~ Sandi Williams Patrick, Williamsburg, Virginia
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August 19, 2009

Mrs. Rose and family:
I just wanted to tell you that I was sorry to hear about the loss of Fred. I did not know him personally, but work with his daughter-in-law, Karen. My family kept him in prayers when he had surgery and after when he was recovering. Please remember that you and your family are in our prayers. This is a difficult time but remember to lean on the Lord and He will uphold you in His hand. God Bless you.

~ Sylvia Smith


August 19, 2009

Janice, sorry for your loss; you and your family are in my prayers
~ Rick Billings, Concord, North Carolina

August 20, 2009

Dear Janice,

I am deeply saddened to hear of Fred's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of working with Fred many years ago (1971-79) and had the pleasure of seeing him again for the first time last fall. He was a fine man that will be greatly missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Linda Tremper, Yorktown, Virginia

August 21, 2009

Janice, Fred was such a dear man and we will all miss him. Take care of yourself and let us know if there is anything we can do for you. We will pray for you to gain some peace and know that Fred loved you very much. We are so sorry that we will miss the celebration of his life. Love, Bob and Sandy
~ Sandy and Bob Pollock

August 21, 2009

Permit me to add my deepest condolences to those already appearing here.
Dave Spriggs NNHS '64
~ David Spriggs, Norfolk, Virginia

August 22, 2009

Dear Jennifer and family,

Please accept my sincere sympathy in the passing of your Father. God bless you as you travel through these sad days. I know your faith will see you through & strengthen you daily.

With love and blessings,
~ Faye Keenan, Yorktown, Virginia

August 26, 2009

Janice & Family
Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I have enjoyed working Fred, he will be missed.
~ Bill & Tina Cordrey, Norfolk, Virginia

August 26, 2009

Janice & kids -
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have always felt so honored to have know and loved Fred. I hope that you will find comfort and joy in the fond memories you have of the happy life he lived.
Tammi Foer, Norfolk, Virginia

August 26, 2009

Dear Janice & Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you today. We pray for your peace as we know that Fred is now at peace. We will miss Fred as he is our Norfolk connection. For years looking at the BB&T and Dominion Towers was looking at Fred. This will not change.
God Bless all of you.

~ Harry and June Pasquier, Miami, FL


August 26, 2009

Dear Janice and family, words fail at a time like this....we all share your grief...Fred was one of the greatest guys we ever met, and was a cherished and dear friend...we will miss his face, his infectious laugh, and sharing good times with him...I know he is at peace and now we have another angel whose name we know....lots of love and prayers..
~ Rosalee and Alan
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August 27, 2009

Dear Janice,

You and your extended family and close friends are in our closet prayers. May you find peace in knowing that you have one special Angel with you always and forever. Sorry we will not be able to travel to VA to celebrate Fred's life with you all, you will be in our constant thoughts on Saturday.

Much love and support,

~ Jessica, Tony, Ava and Leo Antenucci


  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Janice and all her family and their friends.

     From the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold of VA to      the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/15/09:


My impression of Fred was the same as Carol's - and since we are both so intuitive, it must be true!  Please, don't forget that you have a lot of friends who care who are close. 
      Dave (Arnold - '65 - of VA) and I are here and willing to do anything we can to help.  Meanwhile, you and Fred are in our prayers.


   Thank you, Pam.

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 08/15/09 - "     Janice (McCain Rose - '65 - of VA)":


I just got your e-mail about Janice's husband, Fred.  I am so shocked and saddened for their entire family.  They have been in my prayers since I first learned of his illness several months ago.  Since there wasn't a recent update on his health, I thought he was doing okay.  I will send Janice a separate note, as I've always thought a lot of her from our days at Magruder through our reunions.  Thanks so much for including me in the e-mail you sent....


   Thank you, Sandi.

       From Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 08/15/09:


I struggle to express my feelings about the loss of your Fred.  I was impressed by the great love that he had for you.  I could tell by the way that he looked at you, treated you and held you in his mind and heart, that he loved you with a love beyond the ability of humans to describe.  It has to be experienced and he experienced that love for you, and I know that you experience that love for him.  You will have times of great sadness because of your love for him, but through it all, you will experience an even greater, more satisfying love, a comforting love which will allow you to carry out the rest of your mission on this beautiful earth that we live in.  It is my hope and prayer that his love will continue to be a comfort to you, and that your love for him will sustain you, making it possible for you to move through your grief quickly and easily, as he would have wished for you.  May the Lord attend you and bless you even more than he has in the past, and I testify to you that your loss will cause your love for Fred to grow into the comforting love that he would hope for you.

He impressed me as a man who saw you through the eyes of love, a tender love mingled with respect and acceptance.  He appeared to me as a kind, gentle man who desired to make your life a happy life.  In short, he was a good, noble man, more importantly, he still is.  I was impressed by the way you all seemed to enhance and magnify each other.  I am sorry for your loss, and no other words can be said to remove your pain at his loss.  God bless you and keep you strong and happy, until you meet again!  Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Paul and Carol Harty family

   Thank you, Paul.

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/18/09, 5:17 PM - "Celebration of Life for Fred":

Dearest Carol and Classmates of NNHS,
My family and I are so touched by the outpouring of love and sympathy being shown to us.  The phone calls, cards, and emails are very comforting.  Fred thought so much of my friends at NNHS...and truly had great fun at our reunions and get-togethers. 
There will be a CELEBRATION OF LIFE  for Fred on Saturday, August 29th @ 3:00 pm at Great Bridge Baptist Church, 640 Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake VA
A reception will follow at Grand Affairs, Chesapeake Golf Club, 1201 Clubhouse Drive, Chesapeake, VA from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm.  (757-436-3830)
The completed obituary will appear in THE DAILY PRESS and the VIRGINIAN PILOT on Wednesday August 26th.
With deep appreciation,
    Janice Rose and Family

   Thank you so much, Janice. You and your family remain in our hearts and prayers.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Rock of Ages

Words by Augustus Montague Toplady, 1763 (first published in The Gospel Magazine, 1775)
(04 Nov 1740 - 11 Aug 1778)

Music by Thomas Hastings
(15 Oct 1784 - 15 May 1872)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee,
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and pow'r.

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked come, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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