FRANKLIN – Richard Francis Roscoe Sr., age 86, a former longtime Sherborn resident, died surrounded by family on Wednesday evening, September 21, 2016, at his Franklin home after a long illness. Son of the late Zita Patricia (Monaghan) Roscoe, he was the loving husband of 43 years of Lucille (Perito) Roscoe, daughter of Sylvia (Ciavarra) Perito of Franklin, until her death in 2001.
Mr. Roscoe was born, raised, and educated in Brockton and continued his education at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1952. He entered the United States Air Force during the Korean War and served as an Airman 1st Class at the 1100th USAF Hospital, Bolling AFB.
Mr. Roscoe started his professional career as a pharmaceutical sales rep for Parke-Davis covering the Boston teaching Hospitals. After several promotions, he was made product manager for a quarter of the company’s product line, which included drugs like Benadryl. In the mid-1970s he went on to manage the marketing division of Portex Inc., which at the time was the world leader in the sale of airway management products. Promoted to Vice President of the company, Mr. Roscoe later served as President/CFO until his retirement in 1989.
After enjoying summers in Dennis Port for over 30 years, the Roscoes retired to Cotuit. They returned to the MetroWest area in 2000, settling in Franklin to be closer to family. Mr. Roscoe enjoyed golf, reading, working in the yard and spending time with his grandchildren.
Devoted to his family, he is survived by three sons, Richard F. Roscoe, Jr and his wife Paula of Marlborough, Jeffrey A. Roscoe of Franklin, and Steven M. Roscoe of Norfolk; a loving sister-in-law, Barbara A. Perito of Franklin; and two grandchildren Alyssa Roscoe of Cleveland, OH, and Michael Roscoe of Somerville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Linus Church, 119 Hartford Street, Natick, on Monday, Sept. 26th at 10:00AM. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, South Natick.
Visiting hours will be in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, Sunday 2 – 5PM. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.