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Douglas J. Rose

July 10, 1968 ~ December 23, 2023 (age 55) 55 Years Old

Douglas Rose Obituary

Douglas Rose, 55, of Dover, NH formerly of Newburyport, MA- passed away peacefully on December 23, 2023, surrounded by his wife and children. He fought a lengthy battle with Esophageal Cancer with great strength, bravery, and courage. His firm belief in God supported him tremendously.

Doug was a wonderful and loving son. Born in Newburyport, MA on July 10, 1968 to Robert A. and (the late) Eleanor Rose. He lived most of his life in Newburyport. He graduated from Newburyport High School in 1987, graduated from Northern Essex Community College in 1990 and attended Salem State College.

Doug was a devoted father to Douglas and Katie Rose. As well as, a very hard worker throughout life. He was a jack of all trades with numerous gifts and talents. He is renowned for his work ethic, as he went above and beyond what was expected of him in all of his jobs. He worked as a General Manager for Friendly’s Ice Cream and Weathervane Seafoods. He was a Logistics Executive for Target for five years, a Store Manager for Kohls for ten years, a Store Manager for Toys R Us for five years and spent the last five years as the Store Manager of the Burlington Coat Factory in Haverhill, MA. He volunteered work over the years to the Red Cross, Shriners Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as Dana Farber in Boston. Doug was also the author of the book “Braving the Storm”, which portrays his experience with cancer for others’ perspective.

Doug is best known for his extraordinary sense of humor, his love of family and making sure a lifetime of memories were made with each of his loved ones. In life, his mother referred to him as her “little firecracker” because initially he was due to be delivered on the Fourth of July, but ultimately he was so full of life and energy. He loved spending time with his kids, his wife and their 3 dogs, as well as his family. He was an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Boston Bruins. He had many hobbies throughout his life, but his favorites were participating in marathons and camping. He loved any day at the beach and decorating his house for all holidays. He cherished every holiday, but Christmas was his favorite.

Doug was given 3 years of fantastic Thoracic Oncology care by many fantastic doctors, surgeons and nurses at Dana Farber Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Boston. Thank you to all who were by his side, giving the best care possible, each time he visited or was admitted.

Doug is survived by both of his children Douglas and Katie Rose. Besides his children, he leaves behind the love of his life, his wife, Melissa Ahti; their three dogs Penny, Minnie and Macy; his father Robert A. Rose; brothers, Robert M Rose, (Felicia); Michael Rose, (Nicky); Philip Rose, (Rebecca); his sisters Cathleen (Rose) Lawler, (Tim); and Mary (Rose) Gilman, (Bob); as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to Doug’s funeral Saturday, December 30th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception of Newburyport, MA. followed by burial  in the St. Mary Cemetery in Dover, NH. Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 29th, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA.

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Calling Hours
December 29, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte
193 High Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

Funeral Mass
December 30, 2023

10:30 AM
Immaculate Conception Church
42 Green Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

Burial following Mass.

St. Mary Cemetery Dover
Dover Pointe Road
Dover, NH 03820


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