Our precious Mother Rose, age 75, passed away on Saturday January 22, 2022, after her battle with cancer. Some might say Rose lost her battle to cancer however she didn’t lose the battle because she never stopped fighting. No matter how sick she was, she never quit and was determined not to give up hope. When anyone else would have broken, she stayed strong. Through her, we know what perseverance and resilience really look like. She is truly our hero!
Rose was born December 19, 1946 to the parents of Alice Cooney and Thomas James Farrell in Manhattan, New York. Rose’s parents were born in Ireland and immigrated to the US before she was born. Rose grew up in New York and worked for Flushing Hospital and the Telephone company where she was a supervisor. She later moved to Canada where she built a life for herself and her two children. She worked hard all her life to support her family and was a long- standing employee of Nalley’s Canada.
Rose was a dedicated mother first and foremost and devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. She treasured her family and embraced every moment with them. She was always the family’s biggest supporter and cheerleader and never missed a milestone or important event. She especially loved her role as grandma or “Thug” grandma, nicknamed by her grandchildren. She got the nickname because of her strength and fearless personality. She didn’t fear anyone or anything and she would tell you exactly what was on her mind. Although she was bold, she had the heart as big as the ocean and was always there to lend a helping hand. She was always there to help a friend or family member in need no matter what the situation was.
Rose led a good life and was surrounded by many friends and family who adored her. She made friends everywhere she went. There was never a dull moment around Rose as she had a vivacious personality and always knew how to make people laugh. There are so many stories that could be told about her that would have you in stitches laughing. Rose did tell her family, no tears for me, only laughter and funny Rose stories. She wanted to be remembered as the fun mom and cool grandma who loved chocolate, Coke and AC/DC!
She was ready to meet her “Maker”, but we weren’t sure if the “Maker” was ready to meet her.
Good luck God!
Rose is survived by her two children Thomas Howard (Alison), Theresa Forgach (Steve), grandchildren Brendan, Ryan and Rachael Forgach as well as two furry grandchildren Freddie and Mister.
The family will have a celebration of life for Rose with the date to be determined.