Roger Gross, 77


WARWICK, R.I. – Roger Lee Gross, of Warwick, passed away April 20, 2023, at West Shore Health Center in Warwick. He was the loving husband of Rosemary (Botelho) Gross, for the last 30 years. Born in Fall River and raised in Providence, he was the son of the late Irving and Anita (Chavenson) Gross.

Roger attended Hope High School and graduated from Wilbraham Munson Academy in 1964. He then obtained a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.

Roger was a successful business owner, first growing Helen Olevson, a women’s clothing store, into a regional New England chain. For the past 35 years, Roger owned and operated Franklin Rogers on Westminster Street in Providence. He was truly loved by everyone and became a staple for men’s fine custom clothing in downtown Providence. Although Roger was very involved with his business he was truly at his happiest when he was spending time with his two grandchildren Stella and Benjamin Gross.

In addition to his wife Rosemary, survivors include: his two children, David Franklin Gross, his wife Danielle Harroch Gross and their children Stella and Benjamin and Holly Ellen Gross and her husband Perry Wechsler; two sisters, Barbara Forman and Arlene Levy and her husband, Mitchell; brother-in-law, Michael Klein; several nieces, nephews and his two beloved Scottish Terriers, Willow and Reggie. He was the brother of the late Marilyn Klein and brother-in-law of the late Dr. Donald M. Forman. In addition Roger maintained multiple lifelong relationships and was a devoted friend to many.

Contributions may be made to the Warwick Animal Shelter, 101 Arthur W. Devine Blvd., Warwick, RI 02886.

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