Donald "Buddy" Rose (1927 - 2016)

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Donald E. (Buddy) Rose, August 23, 1927 to December 29, 2016.
On Friday December 29, 2016, we mourned the passing of Buddy Rose. The life of Donald E. Rose began August 23, 1927 and from the beginning everyone only knew him as Buddy Rose. The Rose Family settled in Ocala in the early 1920s where Buddy's father Carl G Rose & mother Anne Rose became well known in the horse farm industry. Buddy's father Carl was the first thoroughbred horse breeder in Ocala on the site where the CFCC college now sits on SR200.
A lifelong resident of Ocala, Buddy was educated at The Bolles, a private military prep school for boys' grades 7-12 in Jacksonville. After completing high school, he served two years in the Navy before attending the University of Florida and graduating in 1951. Buddy moved back to Ocala to work in the family business with his brothers Graham and Carl Jr (aka as Happy). Highly regarded business owners of Ocala Lime Rock & Marion Construction, They created many fond memories for their staff, friends, and families.
Buddy loved hunting with friends, particularly out west in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. They would hunt on foot, by horseback or by truck and always brought hunting trophies back home to Florida. He would often donate some of his elk to Rotary for the Wild Beast Feast. An avid hunter will hunt no more and the wild game are cheering. On fishing trips to Costa Rica, Buddy would use coolers as luggage to ensure he would have a safe container to bring his catch back home. He graciously would leave his personal belongings behind for his guides.
A country boy at heart, Buddy established his cattle ranch on the property of an Ocala Quail hunting lodge. On the ranch, the cattle roamed free among the watermelon & peanut fields. Friends loved Buddy's visits. He was infamous for greeting his friends and hosts with watermelon & boiled peanuts all around Florida and as far away as Nebraska. His big yellow Cadillac always contained watermelons & peanuts in the trunk just in case he needed a spur-of-the-moment gift.
Dec 1979, Buddy began a courtship with Dona Linscott from Nebraska. At the time, Dona was living in Winter Park working for a real estate company. At an annual company Christmas party, Dona's boss arranged for a future blind date with her friend Buddy Rose from Ocala. The next thing Dona knew, Buddy appeared on her doorstep and continued to show up. Buddy would frequently invite Dona to spend weekends in Ocala and Sunday afternoons on the boat. However, the boat was land locked at the rock pit where he was continually working on it. Buddy was a notorious project starter, however, his projects were generally a work in progress. An owner of numerous boats yet only one ever made it into the water.
After dating for six years, Dona told Buddy she was ready to move on with her life. Buddy then proposed by saying "I guess we better start remodeling the farm house." Together, Buddy and Dona planned for an elegant party on the ranch to share their special day with friends and loved ones. However, their guest were unaware they were being invited to a wedding. On the day of the party, Dona noticed a major problem, cow patties covered the grounds where the party was to take place. She shared her concern with Buddy that the cow patties needed to be removed before their guest arrived. To please his lovely bride to be, the gracious country boy gathered his friends and relocated the cow patties. During the midst of their swanky party, the band stopped playing, the minister performed the marital ceremony surprising their guest, and then the party continued. Buddy married his beloved Dona on the ranch that day, June 14, 1986, and will be deeply missed by his bride Dona Rose.
Over the next 30 years, Buddy and Dona experienced countless memorable adventures including relocating to the river in Crystal River where Buddy spent time as a young man. During his regular visits to Crystal River, he would spend time diving from a platform into the crystal clear Hunter Springs. Buddy later bought that platform and relocated it to his seawall where it still sits today greeting guest.
Buddy leaves behind his beloved wife, Dona Rose, Dona's son Mark Linscott of DC and his children Jack & Judd Linscott, Dona's son Todd Linscott of California and his daugher's Oliva & Chloe Linscott, Buddy's son-in-law James Pittman and his grandson Walker Pittman of Birmingham AL, Buddy's cousin Rosemary Trippe of Maryland, his nephew Robin Rose of DC, his niece Gay Rose Foster of Lutz, FL, his niece Ann Rose of Orlando FL and his niece Lynn Keith of Riverview, FL.
Buddy is preceded in death by his parents Carl G & Ann Rose; his sister Ann Rose, his older brother Graham Rose, his younger brother Carl Rose jr. (known as Happy) his cousin King Knope & his adored daughter Merri Christine Pittman.
A "Praise Buddy Party" – a celebration of his life - will be held at a later date at their home in Crystal River. Dona is asking you for your best memories of Buddy at the Praise Buddy celebration. So please take some time and gather your memories to share with us at that time.
Dona and her family would like to extend their utmost sincere thanks to the amazing caregivers of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast for the compassion shown in Buddy's final days. In Lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate your donations to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Buddy's name.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 19, 2017
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