Obituary of John George Ros
There are people you meet in life, who you don’t forget. Sometimes, it’s because of their warm, giving nature, sometimes it’s their fierce intelligence and biting wit, or their unique way of looking at things. With John Ros, it was those things and more. John was devoted to his family, his friends and his country.
Born to Jerry and Paula Ros at the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in Jersey City, N.J. on July 10, 1956, John’s life took him on adventures cross the nation and the globe. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1974, after graduating the Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vt.
During his 22 years of decorated service in the Coast Guard, John earned the Sea Service Ribbon with two Bronze stars, a National Defense Service Medal and a Humanitarian Service Medal, amongst other unit citations. He responded to numerous natural disasters and emergencies and was part ofa crew tasked with finding the wreckage of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986.John retired with the rank of Machinery Technician Petty Officer First Class (E-6/MK1) in 1996. Five years later, he took part in the greatest rescue effort in U.S. history, by ferrying terrified people from lower Manhattan across the Hudson to New Jersey during and after the 9/11 attacks. In 2002, John joined Immigration Service, today’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service, as an federal officer. Over the course of 18 years, he dutifully served at Newark Liberty airport and protected the Port of New York/Newark New Jersey. His sense of honor and duty were just a small part of who John was. He always had an encouraging word, a hearty laugh, a wicked sense of humor, and a killer meatloaf recipe. John’s purpose was adoring his wife Linda. He made sure their home was always welcoming to all their friends and relatives. John was the family shutterbug, a dog lover and a child wrangler. John is survived by his beloved wife, Linda (nee Vitale), his son Martin Ros, his sister Monika Albrecht and niece Renate Albrecht of Regensburg, Germany. He will be missed by the rest of his extended family, includingfour nieces and a nephew. A wake will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday Nov. 15 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Joseph W Sorce Funeral home in West Nyack. A funeral Mass will be held at 10: a.m. Monday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Nyack, NY.