Paul Rose died peacefully at Connecticut Hospice on September 17 in Branford, CT at the age of 69. He was born on December 3, 1951, in Port Maria, St. Mary, Jamaica West Indies to parents Daisy Howell and Steven Rose.
Paul is survived by his wife, Judith Fairweather Rose of Bridgeport, CT, children Sarkis Rose of the District of Columbia, Rahman Rose of New Haven, CT, Pagiel Rose of Seal Harbor, ME, Siblings, Milton Walter Rose of North Haven, CT, Vivienne Howard - Tompkins of North Haven, CT, nieces, Hally-Berry Slyvester Henry of North Haven, CT, Chessica Rose of New York, NY nephews, Karriem Rose of St, Mary Parish, Jamaica west indies, Francois Tucker of North Haven, CT, and Andre J Henry of North Haven, CT.
Grandchildren, Alana Rose of New Haven, CT, Ava Rose of New Haven, CT and Paloma Rose of District of Columbia.
He was a second-generation Jamaican immigrant, who went to build a foundation and life in the United States. He always led by example and taught his family & friends the value of hard work, perseverance, and seizing opportunities in life.
In fact, those who knew him best, back in his homeland, knew him by the nicknames hard-working Larry or Johnny from 11 St. Mary St.
He graduated from St. Mary Primary High School, worked as a local painter, and in his mid-thirties migrated to the United States alongside his older brother (Milton) in 1985.
From there, in 1987, he achieved his personal goal of bringing his two young sons from
Jamaica to the USA, and as a single father raised Sarkis & Rahman. His children remember him as kind, funny, an amazing story-teller, ambitious, and as a driven father who encouraged them to pursue their goals.
After moving to the Bronx, NY, Paul began working for Cookie Concepts, a retail bakery as a sales associate, and was quickly promoted to the store manager within a year overseeing a team of 7.
He then attended DeVry Institute and while working full time acquired an auto body technician certification. During that time, he was able to save up enough money to officially become a small business owner. Paul, along with his brother Milton, opened Crown Royal Auto Body Shop in Brooklyn, NY which they operated successfully for five years.
Many years later, he was blessed to open Rose Port Liquor store in Bridgeport, CT at one point holding the title as the only black-owned liquor store in Connecticut.
After closing his business in 2010 he went on to work as a New Haven-based taxi driver working for Metro Taxi and Heritage Taxi Company.
He was a generous, witty, dedicated individual who loved political news shows. He was an avid reader, and was passionate about being a lifelong learner. He was a strong and dedicated husband to Judith and people in the community knew him as someone who helped others, gave great advice, encouraged people, and always told the funniest stories!
All are welcome to attend and celebrate Paul's life! A memorial service will be held on October 2nd, 2020 at 10:00 am at Church on the Rock located at 95 Hamilton Street, New Haven, CT 06511.
Gone, But Not Forgotten
Don't think of him as gone away
His Journey's just begun
Life holds so many facets
This earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away
And think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched
For nothing loved is ever lost
And he was loved so much.
Sleep in eternal peace Dad.
Sunrise: December 3 1951 Sunset: September 17, 2020