portrait picture for Frederick Heidel Roos

Wake:Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Collins Funeral Home.Mass:Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11:30 am at St. Thomas the Apostle, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk.Interment:With military honors will follow at Fairfield Memorial Cemetery in Stamford.Contributions:The family would appreciate donations be made to the St. Vincent’s De Paul Society in care of St. Thomas the Apostle, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855.

Frederick Heidel Roos


January 23, 1931 ~ Oct. 22, 2012

Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, Frederick Heidel Roos of East Norwalk died quietly in his sleep at Norwalk Hospital of congestive heart failure. He was 81. Fred was born on January 23, 1931 to Frederick and Elizabeth.

Fred was a life-long Norwalk resident. He graduated from Norwalk High in 1949. He worked for Nash Engineering and retired from Perkin Elmer.

A Navy man serving during the Korean War, he came home to marry his sweetheart, Margery “Sis” Hall of the Ohio Avenue Halls. They marked their 60th wedding anniversary this past April.

Fred was famous for playing country & western music with his band Middle of the Road at the Oyster Festival, the Danbury Fair, the American Legion and at other venues and roadhouses throughout Connecticut. Many musicians active in our area today fondly recall that it was Fred Roos who first gave them the opportunity at a microphone in front of an audience when they were young. His summertime family picnics on Second Street were well-known for their volleyball games and fireworks. The cops didn’t mind the fireworks, much, but the firefighters said his chili was TOO hot.

He was always involved in his community, volunteering at St. Vincent’s De Paul food bank, collecting cans for the NHS marching band, and playing music at hospitals and nursing homes. He was a member and past president of the AARP Chapter 3929 and enjoyed many dinners at the Son’s of Italy.

Fred’s health had been failing in recent months and in his last hours he was surrounded by more children, in-laws, and grandchildren than the room could hold.

Fred was pre-deceased by his younger brother Karl, who served in the Navy as well, their parents, and his grandson Spc. Wilfredo Perez Jr., who was KIA in 2003 while serving in Iraq. Fred’s children are Heidi Roos and Howard Sann of Bridgeport, Tina and Thomas Noonan of Stratford, Frederick Jr. and Cheryl Roos of Woodbury, Jonathan Roos of Norwalk, Eliza and Robert Hoffman of Newtown, Matthew and Brenda Roos of Norwalk and Victoria and Wilfredo Perez of Norwalk, as well as 22 grandchildren.

Friends can call this Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11:30 am at St. Thomas the Apostle, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk. Internment with military honors will follow at Fairfield Memorial Cemetery in Stamford.

The family would appreciate donations be made to the St. Vincent’s De Paul Society in care of St. Thomas the Apostle, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855.

  1. To the Roos Family I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Mr. Roos was such a very nice man. I have very fond memories of him and remember him driving his VW mini bus, seeing him play at the Oyster Festival and just seeing him during the time we lived on Second Street. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this very difficult time. My God give you all the strength to get through this very tough time and hold on to all the beautiful memories of Mr. Roos!

    October 25, 2012
    Lilliana Montanez Vega -
  • To the Roos Family

    I am sorry to hear of the passing of Fred. I booked him at our summer Concerts each summer and looked forward to not only his music but also to talking with him and watching him perform. He certainly had a large number of friends and “fans”. I will miss having him but I will always remember his appearances with fond memories. The management and staff at the Third Taxing District send our condolences at this difficult time.

    October 25, 2012
    Ron Scofield, Third Taxing District Asst. General Manager -
  • Dear Roos Family,
    I am saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. I will always remember his kindness and cheerful attitude with people. He loved music and made many people happy listening to his Country Western Band. Prayers and sympathy sent your way.

    Sincerely,

    Virginia Cundari Falcone

    October 26, 2012
    Virginia Cundari Falcone -
  • my heart is broken. i just found out today my love goes out to all of you i am so very sorry

    October 26, 2012
    lisa marchetti zyskowski -
  • I am truly saddened to hear this news. And so sorry that I didn’t hear of Fred’s passing until it was too late to properly pay my respects. I don’t know how I missed it. I saw Fred sleeping as I passed his room at the hospital the other day, but decided not to wake him to say hello. I regret missing the opportunity.
    I have fond memories of Fred from his many performances at the Oyster Festival and the beach. But more often, he seemed to be at every East Norwalk event. Always with that great big smile peeking out from that bushy beard.
    My heart goes out to the entire Roos family. The lives of the East Norwalk Roos’ and the East Norwalk Burrs are so intertwined. In fact, I remember back in the eighties, reading a textbook at NCTC, there was a chapter about family structure or something, and there was a photo of Fred, his wife, and all those kids, with the caption “large families”.
    Probably my fondest memory will be of Fred and Margery sitting in the stands at Calf Pasture Beach watching our many Friday night softball games. They seemed to be sitting on our side so often, I prefer think they were there to root for us. But I have to acknowledge that he was probably just out for his regular walks with his lifetime sweetheart. I am so, so sorry for your loss. He was a good man.

    October 27, 2012
    Chris Burr -
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