Oscar H. Roos

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Oscar H. Roos, age 99, of 150 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire, CT died at St. Raphael Hospital on May 30, 2014. He was the husband of Barbara Wright Roos. Mr. Roos was born in New Haven on December 28, 1914, a son of the late Oscar G.A. and Beda O. Anderson Roos. He was a resident of Hamden for most of his life. He graduated in 1937 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York with a degree in Civil Engineering and worked with civil engineering firms in Pittsburgh and New York City. Roos was drafted into the Army in June 1942, that September he attended Officer Training School and was commissioned to a Second Lieutenant in the Army Engineers with orders to report to Camp Claiborne to activate the 372 Engineer Regiment. Then in June 1943 he sailed with 20,000 men on the troop ship Louis Pasteur to land in Liverpool, and went by train to Wales. Here, work was started on building camps for more troops. In June 1944, he was sent to Tilbury Docks outside of London to build two concrete barges. These barges were towed to Normandy Beach and used for unloading docks. In August 1944, he went with the Third Army directly into Bar-le-Duc, France, where he rebuilt two hospitals that the Germans had bombed. He also repaired bridges at Cologne and Frankfort, and built an ammunition depot in etain, France. He continued to advance with the Third Army into Germany doing various jobs, the last being building a Prisoner of War camp for 100,000 prisoners. After the war ended, Roos attained the rank of Captain and was shipped back to Fort Belvoir. After returning from the service in 1946, Roos entered the lumber business at Centerville Lumber Incorporated until his retirement in 1980. He built the first major office building in Centerville at 2348 Whitney Avenue, and also two Hamden Medical Center buildings, located at 295 & 299 Washington Avenue. He was active as a director in the Hamden Chamber of Commerce and the Hamden Rotary Club, including serving as president in 1964, and a director in the Connecticut Retail Lumber Dealers Association. He was also a Life Member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and of the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers. He was elected Rotarian of the Year for 2002-2003 for his dedication to the principles and ideals of Rotary International and for exemplifying service above self in the Hamden Rotary. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church and the Rensselaer Society of Engineers as well. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Christine R. Puffer and her husband Richard of Carlisle, MA; sons Kenneth O. Roos & his wife Linda of Hamden and Richard W. Roos & his wife Cynthia of Branford. Richard W. Roos is President of Centerville Lumber Inc. He also leaves eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Evelyn Langdon. His funeral will be from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Monday at 11:30 AM followed by his Funeral Service at 1:00 PM in Bethesda Lutheran Church, New Haven. Friends may also visit with his family on Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will take place in Centerville Cemetery, Hamden. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Bethesda Lutheran Church, www.bethesdanewhaven.com , 305 St. Ronan St, New Haven, CT 06511.

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  1. .Fred Scimone was involved with the youth group at Bethesda church many years ago. He remembered Oscar as being very helpful. He was a fine gentleman and will always be remembered for his good and gentle spirit. We are here at Elim Park if you should need us in any way, Barbara..

  2. A wonderful man as well as a great Rotarian. He will be missed by many, many people. Sincerest condolences to the family.

  3. Barbara and family, We were sorry to read about Ozzie’s passing. His 99 years were remarkable. We hope you can find comfort in the many happy times you shared with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  4. Ken, we are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please accept our condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

  5. Roos Family — So very sorry for you loss hope this poem brings you some comfort xo MaryAnn Gambardella If Tomorrow Starts Without Me If tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, please know I’m in your heart. Funeral Poem : If Tomorrow Starts Without Me If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see, If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say. I know how much you care for me, and how much I care for you, and each time that you think of me I know you’ll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, and said my place was ready in heaven far above, and that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all life, I’d always thought I didn’t want to die. I had so much to live for and so much yet to do. it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while, I’d say goodbye and hug you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realised that this could never be, for emptiness and memories would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things that I’d miss come tomorrow. I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through Heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne, He said, .This is eternity and all I’ve promised you, Today your life on earth is past but here it’s starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last. and since each day’s the same, there’s no longing for the past. But you have been so faithful, so trusting, so true. Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do. And you have been forgiven and now at last you’re free. So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?. So if tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, please know I’m in your heart.

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