Harris Rosen, 89


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Harris Rosen, of Providence, died peacefully overnight on Oct. 22, 2022. Born in Providence he was the son of Samuel Rosen and Gertrude Woolfe Rosen who pre-deceased him.

Born in Providence in 1932, he was a lifelong Rhode Island resident. After attending Moses Brown School and Harvard College, he served in the US Army Ordinance Corps as a financial control officer. After his military service, he returned to Rhode Island to help manage his family's business, School House Candy Company, for the ensuing 42 years. Later in life, he became a mediator and an author, writing a book to guide families as they dealt with the loss of a loved one.

He believed deeply in community service. He served many organizations in a volunteer capacity, including United Jewish Appeal, Moses Brown School, Jewish Federation of RI, The Miriam Hospital, Women & Infant's Hospital, Foundation for Repertory Theater, Handel and Hayden Society, Temple Emanu-El, RI Small Claims Court and Community Mediation Center of RI.

He is survived by his wife, Myrna K. Rosen, whom he adored and loved unconditionally. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind three children and their spouses, Elizabeth Rosen Payne (Mark), John Rosen (Ashley) and Robert Rosen and two stepdaughters, Sally Lapides (Arthur Solomon) and Wendy Lapides (John McCann). He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Donations may be sent to The Sunshine Fund at the Jewish Collaborative Services at 1165 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904.