Frederick Heidel Roos 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. Please leave an online condolence: www.collins-funeral.com