Our dearest Allan Roskos passed away gently in his sleep Monday evening. He is survived by his loving wife, Alice, of 47 years and children: Amy, Amanda, and Drew and wife, Meagan. Known affectionately as Pops, he is also survived by his grandchildren: Jack (7), Lucas, (4), and Eleanor (2).
He is survived by his many in-laws and fellow out-laws: Marge McQuade, Jerry McQuade and wife Joan, Kevin McQuade and wife Carolyn, Donna McQuade, Maureen Truchan and husband Buddy, Frank McQuade and wife Donna, Mary Corrigan and husband Jim, Trish McQuade, and Kathleen Hickey and husband Ed. He was blessed with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Edward and Katherine Roskos, his brothers in law John McQuade and Robert McQuade.
Allan was born in Newark, NJ. His family moved to Spotswood in 1957, where he spent his childhood developing lifelong friendships, a passion for travel, and camping.
A medaled veteran, Allan served our country as a sergeant in the United States Army Infantry Branch. He also worked as a civil servant for nearly 40 years at Fort Monmouth and Earle Naval Weapons Station before retiring.
He met the love of his life on a blind date, quickly bonding over an abundance of shared interests and ironic similarities, including their choice of car: a Volkswagen Bug! Their mutual love of music and gardening united them forever. Al and Alice made roots in Manchester, NJ in a home that they built and have cared for lovingly.
To his family, Al was everything. Kind and thoughtful. Appreciative. Committed, loving, humorous, handy, and generous. He enjoyed many hobbies, including traveling to national parks (he missed his mark as travel agent!), collecting countless souvenir destination t-shirts, and mastering Sudoku puzzles. He was a talented woodworker and a ruthless board game and card player. He was always faithful to his ‘honey do’ list, the New York Giants, the purchase of a lottery ticket.
As a grandfather, Al loved to spoil his grandkids with toys, his secret candy stash, and time spent reading, building, and playing. He dazzled them with the best Donald Duck impression in town. He passes on his love of Hess trucks, maps, coins, and gardening to them.
His quick wit and enormous heart will be missed by all that knew him.
Family and friends are welcome on Sunday August 2, 2020 from 2-6pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals 145 St. Catherine Blvd. Toms River, NJ. A Funeral Service will be on Monday August 3, 2020 at 11am at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at BG William C Doyle Veterans Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Donations can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Disabled American Veteran Charitable Service Trust
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