Jorge Alberto Rosas Salazar of Wilmington, DE died Friday March 22, 2019. He was 74 years old. Born in Bogota, Colombia, he attended boarding schools and came to the United States in 1962. Leaving in 1964, Mr. Rosas graduated from Winston Churchill College and later attended El Escuela Militar de Cadetes General Jos Mara Crdova. After leaving the military academy he attended La Univesidad de Andes and Pontificia La Universidad Javeriana before returning to the United States in 1968. In New York, he attended the RCA School of Electronics and Singer School of Textiles. In 1969, he met Maria Margarita Ocejo y Martin. They were married in 1970. In 1972, Mr. Rosas accepted a position with FMC Corporation and moved to Delaware with his family. Between 1972 and 1984, Mr. Rosas worked for several textile mills in Delaware and Pennsylvania before he embarked on a 30 year career as a conductor for SEPTA Commuter Rail Division.
As a conductor, Mr. Rosas enjoyed engaging riders with talks about politics, history and the sciences. His love of history led Mr. Rosas to independently research the similarities between Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphics. Mr. Rosas loved languages and had a fond desire to learn French. He enjoyed listening to classic Boleros from Los Panchos, to Lucho Gatica and French singers Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf. He instilled on his children a love of history, music and their culture. He enjoyed cheering his three children in all their activities. Mr. Rosas was a long time parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Liftwood.
He was predeceased by his parents Jesus Antonio Rosas and Clemencia Rosas, his brother Jesus Antonio Rosas, his mother-in-law Asteria Martin Ocejo, his brothers-in-law Omar Martin Vera and Jesus Ocejo Martin and his nephew Ricardo Rosas. Mr. Rosas is survived by his wife, Maria Margarita Rosas Ocejo, his two sons, Jorge Alberto Rosas II, and Daniel Arturo Rosas; his daughter Adriana Christina Rosas Maxwell; his son-in-law Andrew Maxwell and daughter-in-law Carmen Guerra Suarez; eight grandchildren, James Maxwell, Daniel Maxwell, Ian Maxwell, Cooper Maxwell, Daniel Rosas, Alexis Maxwell, Sofia Rosas, and Lilli Ann Maxwell; his two sisters, Clara Paneque, and Clemencia Vera, and many cousins, nephews and nieces. The family is extremely grateful to the caring nurses at Seasons Hospice and Pallative Care at Christiana Hospital for Mr. Rosas in his final days.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday March 29, at 12:00pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Rd. Wilmington, DE 19803. Family and friends are welcome 11am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary School.