Roy R. Rose Sr. of Falmouth died July 21 at the age of 80.
He was born in Plymouth, the son of Lydia Gonsalves and Sebastian Rezendes-Rose. A graduate of Lawrence High School, he lived most of his life in Falmouth and Yarmouth.
Mr. Rose joined the US Air Force in 1955 and served as a mechanic until 1959.
Following his military service, he became one of the first "gold certificate" Mercedes-Benz mechanics in Massachusetts with his lifelong friend, Domingo Pina, completing his training in Teaneck, New Jersey. He also enjoyed working on all other vehicle models. Mr. Rose's love of cars afforded him an opportunity to interact with people through helping them with repairs and led to lifelong friendships.
He was a life member of Amvets Post 70 in Falmouth.
He leaves nine children, Roy R. Rose Jr. of Mashpee, Tina Rose-Goehring of Yarmouth, Lydia Crawford of Montclair, Virginia, Shirley Fermino and Melissa Rose-Lovell, both of Falmouth, Catherine Rose of Hyannis, Daniel and Joseph Rose, both of Yarmouth, and Loretta Evans of College Park, Georgia; three siblings, Mary Gomes of Brockton and Sebastian Rezendes and Joseph Rose, both of Falmouth; 26 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.
He was predeceased by his sons Peter Rose and David Rose; a grandson and a great-grandson; and six siblings, Charles Miranda, Hazel Barros, Anne Cardoza, Peter Rose, Frank Rose and Anthony Rose.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, July 25, from 5 to 8 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, July 26, at noon at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.
Burial will follow at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.