Stories of Steve A. Rose's life and passion for his job were shared by family, friends and co-workers, as the road that leads to the Cherokee Village Water Works was renamed Steve Rose Trail.
Rose, who had been with the department since 1971, served as manager for many years, until his death in January after a long illness.
For Rose's family, including his wife, Brenda and son, Steven, the road naming was a huge honor to the man they all loved so much.
With tears in their eyes, both Brenda and Steve recalled how, seven months later, they still miss Rose every day.
Steven said a friend of the family, told him not to cry for his dad because he was in a better place. Comparing Rose's loss to his own he said, "I understand. I was 54 years old and had never been without my dad."
Rose had both water and wastewater licenses, served as the chief city plumbing inspector and was Constable for District 2 in Sharp County.
He received several awards for his work, and was a member of the North Central
District of the Arkansas Waterworks and Water Environment Association, Arkansas Department of Environmental Equality, Cherokee Village Business Association, and other state and community organizations.
In addition to Rose's dedication to his work, he was also very active in the community. Rose's special love was coordinating the annual Cherokee Village Business Association's Fourth of July Fireworks Show-- a job he handled for nearly 20 years. Rose was also a past member of the Cherokee Village Fire Department.
Besides his wife and son, Rose's mother, Roberta, who is a resident at Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was able to attend the dedication ceremony, along with his brothers, Tom and Ernie, and sisters, Terri Franke, Christine Jackson, Marilyn Rose and Grace Richeson, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Rose's son, Steven, unveiled the new sign with tears in his eyes as the crowd applauded.
Steve Rose Trail will be a memorial to an employee who dedicated over 40 years of his life to the city he loved.