Eugene C. Roser, a resident of Union for almost 60 years, died at Overlook Hospital on July 22, 2012. He was 85.
Born in Irvington, he grew up in Maplewood. In 1950, he married June Betterton and they moved to Union in 1954.
Mr. Roser started his career at Abrasive Machine and Supply Co. in Newark during high school. He entered the US Army in 1944 and served as an airplane mechanic. He received his honorable discharge in 1947 with the rank of Private First Class. Upon his discharge, he returned to Abrasive Machine and Supply, joining their sales staff. He remained with the firm for almost 50 years, reaching the position of Vice President of Sales/ Sales Manager. After leaving Abrasive Machine and Supply, he worked in sales with Abrasive Distributors in Hackensack and Madsen & Howell in Perth Amboy. He retired in 2010 but remained on part-time as a consultant.
Mr. Roser had many interests and hobbies. He was a model airplane buff, building and flying them locally. He loved boating, owning three boats in his lifetime and docking them at the Jersey shore. He was an avid marksman, bowler and slot car enthusiast. He was a member of the Suburban Golf Club and loved to play golf. He enjoyed playing poker with his friends and was a lifetime member of Union Elks Club 1583. Mr. Roser was also involved with the Boy Scouts as a merit badge counselor for many years.
His family said he gave them a richness of life and that they never remember wanting a thing.
He was the loving husband of the late June L. Roser; the beloved father of Ken and his wife Rose Mary of Florham Park, Greg and his wife June of Fanwood, Doug and his wife Lisa of Nutley and Sue Zarrelli and her husband Peter of Bloomsbury. He was also the devoted grandfather of 9 very special children, Christopher, Kaitlin, Stephanie, Christine, Victoria, Matthew, Christian, Joseph and Michael. He was also a dear friend of Nedra Sorkin of Edison.