James “Jamie” Stanyar Rose, Mar. 10, 1952 — Dec. 27, 2011
James “Jamie” Stanyar Rose, 59, long-time resident of Seward passed away Dec. 27, 2011, after a long battle with lung cancer. Born and raised in Seward, Jamie worked as a longshoreman for the I.L.W.U. Local 60 and was a member of the Laborers Union, Local 341.
In early 1990, while serving as President of Local 60, he was instrumental in obtaining a grant to purchase a building for The Seward Seaman’s Mission. The mission still operates today.
During his career, Jamie organized the work force in Whittier that later became members of the I.L.W.U., as well as promoting acceptance of the first woman in the history of Local 60.
He also continued to contribute to the Claire Rose Memorial fund for nursing students, started by his father in the name of his mother.
Jamie loved carving ivory, as well as woodworking.
In 2004, Jamie married Valerie Boling. He would often tell her she was the best wife he ever had, and she would remind him that she was only wife he ever had. But above all, Jamie loved his wife more than anything else. Valerie and Jamie lived in his old family home in Seward, making many improvements over the years and making the home their own.
As well as his wife, Valerie, Jamie is survived by his aunt, Jean Ushakoff of Sequim, Wash.; cousins Max Beery and family of Seattle, Wash.; Kathi Beery of Tacoma, Wash.; Bobi Beery of Port Townsend, Wash.; and Jackie Beery and family of Tacoma, Wash.
Jamie will be greatly missed by his family, as well as his many friends, some he knew since childhood.
Valerie thanks everyone who provided care during Jamie’s illness, including the doctors and nurses of Providence Seward Medical Center and friends who stepped forward when help was needed.
Services will be at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 239 Second Ave. at 2 p.m. Feb. 4. A potluck gathering will take place in the church basement after services. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Seward Seaman’s Mission, P.O. Box 2742, Seward, AK 99664 or the Ronald McDonald House at rmhcseattle.org.