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“Dear Nino --- I am so very sorry for the loss of Tomas; he was, as you've always said, a saint. I'll always remember his kindness and how the both of...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Deb Good - SAN FRANCISCO, CA

“Dear Nino,We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Stuart. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Stuart Blossom - BOSTON, MA

“Dear Nino and family,Tomas will be missed! He will always be alive in the hearts and memories of you and your family and all the lives he touched. I...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Jeannine Sapere - WATERTOWN, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of this news. May his memory be for a blessing. Sincerely, Judson Pierce ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Ninoska, Nino and Maryorie,So sorry for your loss.Sincerely,Maria Matayabas ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Maria Matayabas - Waltham, MA

“Hi Nino,I was so sorry to hear that Tomas passed. I can not imagine how hard this must be. I have wonderful memories of Tomas. Take care of...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Russ Irwin Porter - Jamaica Plain, MA

“Dearest Nino-I'm so very sorry to hear of Tomas' passing. I know how deeply you loved him, and how well you cared for him until the end. He is no...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Cevallos - West Roxbury, MA

“Nino, immediate family, relatives & friends I was very sorry to hear of Tomas's passing. In the time that I knew him, & your family, he was a sweet...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Diane Puglisi - Wakefield, MA

“Querida Ninoska,Recibe mi más sentido pésame extensivo a toda tu familia.Siempre recordaré a nuestro querido amigo Tomás (qepd)...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Miriam Palmerola - Waltham, MA

“Dear Nino, Maryorie, and Nino,Please accept my sincere condolences and simple prayers on the occasion of Tomas returning home to God. Over the past...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Mark Flint - Melrose, MA - Friend

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: John Gately - Melrose, MA


Tomas Rosado passed away in Wakefield on November 3, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Tomas was the beloved husband of Ninoska (Mendez) Rosado. Loving father of Maryorie Grande & her husband James of Wakefield and Ninoska Rosado-Arsenault & her husband Paul of Melrose. Cherished grandfather of Louis J. Grande, Nicholas J. Grande, Robert T. Arsenault & Eric P. Arsenault. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 4:00-7:00PM. Funeral procession from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Thursday, November 8th at 9:00AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St. Wakefield at 10:00AM. Interment at Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made in Tomas's name to Alzheimer's Research Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 or to American Parkinson's Disease Association, 72 East Concord St., Boston, MA 02118.

Born in Cuba, Tomas was the third of nine children. He married the love of his life in 1960 and in December, 1971 he and his family arrived in the United States establishing a new life. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and family man, hard worker, a true gentleman with a warm and friendly smile. He excelled at many hobbies including fishing, scuba diving, gardening, and photography. Music, art, cooking and sports were part of his daily life. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Thank you all for your support, prayers and comfort during this trying time and a special thanks to our
friend Ann Marie for helping us put together ........

A FEW WORDS ABOUT OUR DAD TOMAS

To us he was exemplary in every sense of the word. Our dad was 1 of 9
children, 3 boys and 6 girls; admired by his siblings for having the
courage to flee Cuba for a new life in the U.S. He knew that move
would provide for a better and free life for our mom and us, just as he
instinctively knew moving from FL to MA, and from Chelsea to
Belmont would improve our lives and yield more options for our future
aspirations. Everything he did, he did to ensure our happiness and
success. Despite immigrating, learning a new language and assimilating
to a new way of life, he never forgot where he came from, maintaining
contact with his family and shipping them what they needed as often as
allowed.

He was rugged and loved the outdoors, especially the sea and the thrill
of fishing in the first light of day. It was not unusual for him to drive to
Plum Island or Cape Cod at 2 or 3 in the morning to get in a few hours
of fishing before putting in a full days work. He also loved the gentler
sides of nature and birding. He was a runner, played soccer and
baseball, loved to dance, listened to extraordinary music, and loved all
kinds of art. He could cook and entertain, his pig roasts becoming
legendary events and his flan requested by many, including our friends,
for gatherings he was not even attending.

He would spend hours tending the most delicate of flowers in his garden,
while also providing shelter for the birds that seemed to know they were
safe in his large yard in Waltham. He loved those birds and could
identify them all - common or rare. Very likely, they knew him, as well.

Our dad was an avid photographer. His zest and eye for beauty and
composition led to the creation of many artistic images. He was also
known for using his photography for mischief, such as when he told our
kids friends that photos of animals he took on the National Geographic
channel were taken on his African Safari.

One cannot forget the style and flair of his impeccable linen or wool
suits, his cashmere coats, his sophisticated hats and ties. His smile was
warm, gleaming and gentle, his eyes expressive. He was good and
gracious company-smart and knowledgeable and informed. You would
never be bored in Tomas' company, and there would certainly always be
a laugh and exchange of wits.

Of course, he was more than just a man of many talents. He was a
completely devoted husband to the love of his life, our mom. Together
they saw much of the world, they danced to joyous music, they made
wonderful friends, and they became the foundation for us, our husbands,
Jim and Paul, and their cherished grandsons, Louis, Rob, Nick, and Eric.

His love for our mom was clear and evident to everyone who knew
them. Together they survived hardships in their early years and built a
strong and incredible life together. We could see and feel the love
between them and the pure affection that they held for one another. They
had a marriage we and many would use as a guide and inspiration.

Our Dad's love for our mom and us extended to his mother-in-law,
Estrella. She was a member of our household and a beloved friend and
confidant. He cared for her until her death and has her company now
once again.

As a father, his love for us was vivid and palpable. He took us
everywhere, he would pile us and our friends in the car to take us ice
skating - learning to skate himself so that he could be with us. He gave
us all that he could, guided us when we needed, taught us how to be
passionate about the beautiful things in life, taught us to be kind and
good by his strong example, and to care about family, including the
family you make by choice. We strive to live our lives with the spirit,
grace and kindness he showed us every day. Ever the optimist, he
encouraged us to work hard, persevere and have faith.

Our father's love for his grandchildren was apparent in every interaction
he had with them and in every word he spoke to them and about them.
Looking at the moments captured in photos of our boys, now men, you
will see him reaching, touching, hugging, talking, and, so often, smiling
with love and pride. His love of fun is there too-in the

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