Richard Thomas Rose

November 11, 1937 to March 16, 2023


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Richard Thomas Rose

Age 86 years and 4 months

Died at Pleasant View Towers, St. John’s

Died March 16, 2023 at 5:35 p.m.

Born 11.11.37

Tommy was a brilliant visionary who saw what he wanted and made it happen.  He made his dreams come true!  Growing up humbly in a small community (St. Carol’s) he knew what being poor entailed.  His determination, work ethic and stubbornness served him well whereby his dreams became his reality many many times in life.


Particularly in 1989 his dreams and hard work collided and he was the proud owner of the “Cape Cordell” which was a multi-purpose fishing vessel. Cape Cordell continued to help Tommy realize his dreams and goals in life in an absolute manner.


He was a generous man.  He made sure his family was well taken care of as well as helping many people along the way!


Sylvia was the apple of his eye.  He loved her for 66 years.  Right to his last days his affection and love for Sylvia was notable.


His family knows he is likely fishing with Jesus and the disciples today. Tommy everyone hates that you are gone but we are happy you are home free and painless.  We will always love and miss you until we meet again.


Tommy spent forty plus years fishing during which time he owned several long liners (co-owner of Reliable One, owner of Gulf Stream, Rose Venture and Cape Cordell).  He enjoyed gardening, ski-dooing, going in the woods to cut firewood, going out in speed boat and hunting turrs, and there was moose hunting in the Fall.  He loved to have a great meal with family and friends.  You could hear him making wisecracks and laughing lots of times at himself like the time he went to a business dinner at a restaurant and noticed this white stuff in a bowl.  He had no idea what it was. He took a big forkful of the white stuff and started to eat.  Well…the intense pain and his watering eyes made him swallow quickly as it was “hot horseradish”.  We still remember the laughter as he told his story.


Tommy is survived by his wife Sylvia, daughters Marilyn and Valma and sons Lorne and Todd, and daughter-in laws and son-in laws as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren, siblings and other assorted family and caring friends.


Tommy is preceded in death by son Owen, father Thomas and mother Elizabeth, brothers Malcolm, Isaac and Ralph and sister blanche.


Special thanks to Liz Kane who diligently cared for Tommy daily for 4 years, Nurse Practitioner Mary at Pleasant View Towers and nursing staff.


Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Sunday, March 19 and Monday, March 20 from 2-4 p.m.  Funeral service will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, March 21 at 2 p.m. with interment to follow at the Salvation Army Cemetery, Blackmarsh Road. The service will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend.




2-4 p.m. on March 19, 2023

2-4 p.m. on March 20, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Tuesday March 21st

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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My deepest condolences to all the family during this very difficult time .

Deepest condolences on Mr. Rose’s passing.

We always enjoyed having a chat with him when he walked past our place.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Tony & Mimi Willcott

To Todd and family and extended family, please accept our condolences on the passing of your father. Sorry we cannot be there at this time. We hope all your good memories will be of comfort as you say your farewells.
Andy and Cathy Anstey

Our deepest condolences to all the family on Tom’s passing. Treasure all your memories with him, I know there are so many and hold them close to your heart.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all .
RIP Tom.
Andrew & Christine Daley

Aunt Sylvia, Marilyn, Velma, Loran and Todd and all the Rose Family.

Saddened to hear of Uncle Tommies passing., Uncle Tommie fought long and hard.

Cherish the memories! Don’t Remember him with sadness, Don’t Remember him with Tears, remember all the laughter, that you have shared through the years, be content knowing that is life was worthwhile, knowing that as he passed along the Way he made many people smile , When you are walking down the street and he is on your mind, just remember he’s not walking far behind , so don’t be unhappy because he’s out of sight. Remember that he is with you, Each morning noon and night my prayer for you all is that when you are in need of protection and sympathy, that God would guard you all against sorrow that is drawn from the imagination, may you not allow grief to drag you into misery, but with strength and courage may you find happiness in God’s daily will….

Love and Prayers
Ivan and Phyllis Simms
Deer Lake NL

To Sylvia and Family,
So sorry for your lost, wonderful that he knew the Lord,. He is in a better place, what a beautiful hope we have in Jesus Christ. I know that separation bring pain, and I continually bring your family to God.
My you be comforted by the thoughts of so many praying for you and your family.
Love and prayers. Ross and Alvina Stuckless

Sorry to hear of Mr. Rose’s passing. Thinking of you all and sending our sincere condolences 💐

To Sylvia and family, sending you our deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Tommy was one of a kind and We’ll never forget him. We love you all so much.

Willis, Shirley, Bonnie, Brenda, and Sabrina Whyatt

Our Deepest Condolences Are With Sylvia,Lorne,Velma And All The Family . Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With You All. John And Lenora Macey Labrador City

Sis love and prayers to you and all the family, pray the peace of God will cover you at this time.

Our thoughts are with the family. Praying for strength and comfort at this time. Sorry we can’t be with you.
Karen and Ephraim

Please accept my sincerest sympathy .

Sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing! Condolences to Sylvia and all of his families and friends. Rest in peace.

My condolences to his family and friends especially Aunt Sylvie, Marilyn, Valma, Lorne and Todd. Suffering is unfortunately part of human life, and Uncle Tommy is suffering no more, he is resting high and in peace, although it is sad to see him go and he will definitely see all his loved ones again, he is no longer suffering and he has reached the highest level with the Devine Spirit, God! May he rest in peace!
Life on earth is our temporary time to build love, kindness, friendships, characters, strengths and bonds! This is what we take with us!
Look in your heart and you will see Uncle Tommy waving with his beautiful smile and with all his new Godly processions.

So sorry to hear of Uncle Tommy’s passing. He was a great man and will truly be missed.
Condolences to the family.

Kathy Rose & Neil Barker.

Sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. Our condolences to the Rose family. Take care.

Lorne and family and the Rose family ;
Sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing . I got to know him in the 1980’s while fishing on the Ocean Glider . He was a really nice man with a kind heart and great values .