Kenneth Emanuel Roos
1954 - 2018
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Kenneth Emanuel Roos, from Concord, peacefully left this world surrounded by his loving wife, Jodi Silverman Roos, daughter, Alexa Roos, and son, Nathaniel Roos on Sunday, July 29, 2018.

Ken was born on August 10,1954 to the late Eleanor and Donald Roos of Swampscott, Mass. He was educated in Swampscott public schools. He received his Bachelors degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a Masters degree in Public Health from UMass Amherst and an MBA in Health Care Management from Boston University. He was employed by the State of NH., DHHS.

Ken (also affectionately known by many as Kenny or Uncle Kenny) was a strong, compassionate, political warrior. He loved a good protest and never turned down an opportunity to help someone in need. He didn't like to hear it, but to many people Ken was a hero. He volunteered with the Red Cross Disaster Relief for many years. In this role he helped with recovery and clean up for 9/11, family reunification during Hurricane Katrina, and housing, shelter, and food for NH home fire victims. Ken had also donated hundreds of pints of blood in his life, was the Vice President of the local SEIU, and was an active member of the local Concord Democratic Party. He even served as a delegate for Bernie Sanders and sat in on Barack Obama's Economic Planning Committee. Hero status for sure. Ken leaves behind his siblings Helaine and Jim Hazlett (Marblehead, Mass.), Peter and Mimi Roos (Milton, Mass.), and Ellen and Mark Gold (Longmeadow, Mass.). Uncle Kenny loved all of his 12 nieces and nephews, and 26 great-nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Ken's life will be held at Temple Beth Jacob in Concord on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers or thoughts and prayers, please donate to Everytown for Gun Safety, The American Heart Association, or give blood by contacting the American Red Cross.

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Published in Concord Monitor on Jul. 31, 2018.
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August 13, 2018
Jodi and family, so shocked and saddened by this news. Just reading this obituary now and it is fitting. He was such a kind and gentle man, and very giving. As I found out a year and a half ago. May your wonderful memories and family love bring you comfort in this difficult time. Thinking of you all with a heavy heart,
Maureen Herrick
August 9, 2018
Jodi, Alexa & Nathaniel, We just learned the news about Ken. We're so sorry to hear this. What a good guy. He must've been loving this Red Sox season. Our thoughts are with you. Kurt & Lucie
Kurt & Lucie Muhlfelder
August 9, 2018
Ken introduced me to the Political Education Committee. He was an inspiration for anyone to get involved in what was right. It was he who moved me to do more for the community, state, and country. He will be missed, but now we all must carry on his mission dedicated to the health, safety, welfare and lives of working people and all of us.
August 3, 2018
I had only known Ken for a short time, as he was a colleague of mine at DHHS, but was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to know a kind, well spoken, thoughtful, and intelligent person. My heart goes out to his entire family and all those who knew him. May he rest in peace.
Michelle Jeglinski
August 2, 2018
Goodbye and rest in peace Rooster, a champion of worker and human rights who will be deeply missed by too many to count.
Owen David
August 1, 2018
Ken Roos was a kind, caring and compassionate man. He always had a smile on his face and was always willing to help. I worked with Ken at DHHS and Im saddened to hear this news. RIP.
Amy Bergquist
August 1, 2018
With deep sadness, we say goodbye to our friend Ken. He stood tall for justice and equality, and his presence will be sorely missed. May loving memories comfort his family. Ken leaves a strong legacy in his community and all of NH.
Bob and Eileen Ehlers
August 1, 2018
Jodi, Alexa, and Nathaniel ~ I'm so very sorry to hear of Ken's death. Ken had a great sense of humor and was a true advocate for those who couldn't speak or act for themselves. May your memories give you comfort and consolation. I am thinking of all of you.
Cynthia Ouellette
August 1, 2018
Hi Jodi and Family,
I was so sad to hear of Ken's death. Hugs and prayers to all of you.
Ann Lesmerises
July 31, 2018
Ken, I worked with you at ARC and at work. I enjoyed every minute. You will be missed.
Glenn Martinsen
July 31, 2018
A great human has left us. We will miss you, Ken, and will try to do good work in memory of you. Rest now, warrior for peace.
CherylAnne Williams
July 31, 2018
I was saddened to hear about Ken's passing. He was a dedicated family man and a dedicated state employee advocate. My condolences to Jodi and her family.
Christine Weeden
July 31, 2018
Ken Roos was a stalwart human being and good friend to his State of NH coworkers.
Gail Morrison
July 31, 2018
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
July 31, 2018
Ken's leadership and dedication to his work and family is inspiring. He is already missed greatly. Please accept my sincerest condolences.
Michele L Tremblay
July 31, 2018
I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of my former colleague, Ken Roos. Over the course of a decade at DHHS, I had many occasions to interact with Ken. In a few words: very passionate, committed, never gives up for what is right, kind, thoughtful, great humor, and a hard worker. Whatever he stood for was based on principle and always had the needs of others above himself.

While his life has been cut short and denied the opportunity to relax with his wife and spend more time with his family, they, and we all, can take comfort in a man who leaves an enduring legacy in our State. Rest in peace my friend.
Nick Toumpas
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