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Lawrence C. Rose
November 4, 1935 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Rose, Lawrence Cortis, 88, of Brooksville, Florida passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at The Northbrook Rehabilitation in Brooksville, Florida.
Born November 4, 1935, Lawrence was a native Block Islander, proudly descended from Tormut Rose, one of the original 1661 settlers. His childhood and early life were steeped in the Island’s rich tradition, growing up on the family farm when fishing, farming and hard work were the cornerstones of Island life.
Lawrence embarked on a fulfilling journey after graduating from the Block Island School in 1953. He married Dorothy Veronica Wujcik in 1958, and they welcomed three daughters into their lives during their time together. While serving in the US Coast Guard from 1958-1963, Lawrence juggled fatherhood with a diverse range of jobs on the Mainland in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, including architectural work, animal control , service in the Underwater Sound Lab and National Guard.
After separating from Dorothy, Lawrence returned to Block Island, leaving his mark on the community through various endeavors. He ran one of the original taxi services, was the distributor for Coca-Cola, played a crucial role in establishing the New Shoreham Sewer Commission (1988-1997) and served as the Department of Health Officer (1988-2001). He was also instrumental in creating the New Shoreham Sewer District and The Block Island Water Company.
Lawrence’s passion for pigeon racing was infectious. He was an active member of the SRI Racing Pigeon Club and shared his love for the sport by building racing lofts on the Island and the Mainland, even teaching his daughter the intricacies of this feathered pursuit.
In 2002, Lawrence relocated to Brooksville, Florida, where he found another community of racing pigeon enthusiasts. He cherished his return visits to Block Island, always making time for family and friends. He thrived in the company of others, always ready to lend a helping hand and engage in spirited conversation. His involvement in various organizations like the American Legion, Elks, Knights of Columbus, The Free Masons, and most prominently, The Moose Lodge, exemplified his dedication to community spirit. Lawrence leaves behind a legacy of love and service. He is survived by his three daughters: Lisa Rose of North Smithfield, RI, Jennifer Rose of Forest Hills, NY and Sherilyn Reed and husband Robert of Spring Hill, FL. He also leaves behind three cherished grandchildren: Sarah Hart, Daniel Amirault and Roselyn Page.
Lawrence was predeceased by his former wife, Dorothy Rose, infant brother William, brother Robert Rose and sister Janice Burke.
A private burial will be held at the Block Island Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life for all his family and friends. The Celebration will be held on Block Island In the late April or May at a location to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lawrence’s name to: