Leroy Rose Sr., a retired welder and mason, died of cancer Friday at the downtown Veterans Administration Hospital. The Pimlico area resident was 79.
Born in Lynchburg, S.C., where he attended schools, he served in the Navy during World War II.
In 1950, he moved to Baltimore and was a welder for Bethlehem Steel Corp. at Sparrows Point. Later he was a brick mason. He retired about 15 years ago.
In 1994, Mr. Rose received a Citizen Citation from Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke for his many years of outstanding service to Perkins Square Baptist Church, 2500 Edmondson Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday and where Mr. Rose was an usher.
Family members said Mr. Rose took pride in his volunteer work distributing food to the needy through the Reisterstown Community Association.
His wife of 57 years, the former Rosa Lee Jones, a retired Rosewood Hospital Center worker, died last year.
Survivors include three sons, Leroy Rose Jr. and Larry Rose, both of Baltimore and Angelo Rose Sr. of Chicago; three daughters, Veronica Rose, Rochelle Rose and Patricia Rose, all of Baltimore; a brother, George Rose of Schenectady, N.Y.; a stepbrother, Charlie Jackson of Boston; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.