Abraham (Irving) Rosner

Abraham V. “Irving” Rosner, 96, of East Haven, passed away November 5 after a brief illness. He was born, March 23, 1914 in Newark, NJ but spent most of his life in the New Haven area, graduating from Commercial High School, class of 1932 and serving in the Merchant Marines during WWII. He was an outstanding football, baseball and hockey player during his high school years and attended prep school in Montpelier,Vermont on a hockey scholarship. His early career included stints as a boxer and professional umpire in the Piedmont League where he struck up lasting friendships with players and owners alike. He settled in New Haven after the war with his young family and established Ross-Darwin Foods, a well-know wholesale grocery distributor. He also enjoyed success as an entrepreneur and businessman, and was a private investor in local businesses. Upon retirement from active business, he traveled extensively and enjoyed talking with people at all stations of life around the world and was a well-know figure in the New Haven area. He was a great storyteller, drawing on his extensive experiences through the Depression, the war, and in the sports world. His granddaughter Johanna spent the last year recording his stories for a family history. Needless to say, she ran out of tape. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Trenary Rosner, his son Mark (Jacqueline), and daughters Gale Alanby, Patty (Rob) Kearns and Jane (Dennis) Bigler, grandchildren Ian Spatz, Johanna Kearns, Meredith Goodman, Josh Kearns, Greer Croxford, Max Kearns, Nicki Humphrey, Joseph Rapa, Tenley Spatz,, Hollen Spatz, Cornelius Kearns, Alexandra Bigler, Michael Rosner, Ceciley Bigler,Katherine Rosner, Robert and Holly Croxford and six great grandchildren, Karolina and Max Kearns, Jemma and Jordan Goodman, Laszlo Kearns, and Caleb Humphrey. He is also survived by his twin sister, Leah Vishno of Hallendale, Fl , Sandy (Alan) Ryysylainen of St. Mary’s GA, his sister-in-law Ruth Rosner, four nieces and three nephews and dear family friend Earl “Skippy” Tucker. He was predeceased by his parents, Max and Frances, and his brother Milton.

Funeral service will be private with interment in the Independent Vilner Lodge Cemetery, Gerald St., East Haven. Charitable contributions in his memory can be made to Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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  1. Robert & Vida Zappalorti said,

    11.08.10 at 11:02 am

    Dear Rosner family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences. You are in our prayers.
    Robert & vida Zappalorti

  2. Myrna (Blynder) Winters and Family said,

    11.10.10 at 3:15 am

    Dear Cousin Sue,

    Our son Kyle called today to inform me of Irving’s death. I was so sorry to hear this news because although it’s been several years since I last saw him, I have many fond memories of one of my favorite cousins — my Cousin Irving — which date as far back as my early childhood.

    On occasions when he paid our family a visit, or I met up with him at a family affair, I always experienced the same feelings: It was fun to be with my Cousin Irving, and he was a very “special” person..

    I remember when he first introduced my family and myself to you — his “new wife”. You captured our hearts immediately, and my fondness for you has continued to this day.

    Throughout the many years that followed, while you both were involved in raising your children, just as I became involved in the same thing when I finally married, I enjoyed any family affair that brought Nelson and me (and sometimes our children), together with Cousin Irving and you (and sometimes your children).

    Nelson, our children and I all remember when we lived so close to you in Hamden, that when we went for a drive we would often run into Cousin Irving walking his beloved dog.around the center of town.

    I also remember the days you lived next door to our friends Willy and Judy Evans. During some of our visits with them, we were glad when we could incorporate a visit with the both of you and the children as well.

    With you, my Cousin Irving raised a lovely family of 4 children.

    One of our favorite restaurants,”The Beach Head” in East Haven, not only had the greatest seafood, but for a period of time it had Mark working there as a waiter. It was always a pleasure to see and talk to Mark — somehow the food tasted best when he served it to us! (You can tell him we said so).

    In closing, I’d just like to say that in addition to yourself, your children, their children, and their children’s children, I am happy to see that my Cousins Leah and Sandy, and my Cousin Ruth, by marriage, are among the lengthy list of surviving relatives.

    Nelson and our children join me in expressing our deepest sympathy to all of you at this time. In our hearts, we are mourning your loss with you.

    With much love,
    Cousin Myrna

  3. Michael & Sharon Senez said,

    11.10.10 at 7:00 pm

    Our deepest condolences are with you and your family, we had the opportunity to meet your dad several times and he was always a pleasure to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


    Michael & Sharon Senez