Edward “Ed” Rose was born in San Jose to Frank and Mary Rose, and grew up on the family farm in the east foothills. He would call those hills home for the rest of his life.
Ed, his twin brother Ernie and younger brother Jerry helped their parents work the farm. The boys remained close all their lives, helping each other build, repair or remodel their homes, and celebrating events large and small.
Ed attended high school at San Jose Tech to learn the carpentry trade. He was an excellent student and a student body president. He joined Tech’s “Haywire Band,” playing banjo and harmonica.
In June of 1945 he enlisted in the Navy, served in the Pacific, and was discharged in 1947. He returned home and quickly found a job. In 1948, he met his future wife, Mary Jane Sota. They knew early on that each had found a life partner, and were married on April 17, 1949.
Ed and Mary Jane started their family with the arrival of Gary in May, 1950, followed by Wayne in 1952. In 1953, Ed began building a home for his family on his parents’ farm, with the help of his brothers, relatives and friends, while working full time. In 1955, they moved in. The family grew with Susan, born in 1955 and Jim born in 1958. Ed would eventually pass away in the home he built.
Through the years, Ed and his brothers, along with their families, helped his parents harvest apricots and prunes to sell, and grapes for his father’s wine. Relatives and friends especially looked forward to cutting apricots together, where they would catch up on family news, and share stories of life on the farm with the younger generation.
Having grown up in modest circumstances, Ed and Mary Jane appreciated all that life had given them. Ed’s children feel fortunate to have been raised in such a happy home.
In retirement, Ed and Mary Jane traveled to Europe and the Azores, enjoyed visits to Lake Tahoe, and shared in the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Mary Jane died in 2011. After a period of mourning, Ed regained his optimism and love of life, participating in senior activities and trips with friends both old and new. He continued to use his carpentry skills and helped maintain the farm well into his 80s.
Spending time with four generations of his family for holidays and special occasions was always a priority, and Ed could be persuaded to play a tune or two on his harmonica at the urging of his grandkids. He was almost always the first to arrive and the last to leave a family party.
Ed is survived by his brother Jerry, sons Gary (Jean) Wayne and Jim, his daughter Susan Rocha, along with nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation will take place on April 29th at the Five Wounds Church, 1375 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose at 10:30 am followed by a Rosary at 11:30, a Memorial period, and interment at Calvary Cemetery, 2655 Madden Avenue, San Jose. A Celebration of Ed’s Life will be held on Saturday, April 30th, at 12:00 pm at the Drying Shed, 402 Toyon Avenue, in San Jose.
In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made in Ed’s memory to the Portuguese Organization for Social Services and Opportunities, 1115 East Santa Clara Street San Jose, California 95116 or the Portuguese Historical Museum, c/o the Portuguese Heritage Society of California, P.O. Box 18277, San Jose, CA 95158
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