Richard Rose in April posted on Facebook that he would not wear a mask. In an unlikely turn of events, he lost his battle with COVID-19 three months later.
Those who knew Rose described him as kind, funny, and caring.
His family said he was very active in helping homeless vets and in preventing veteran suicide.According to Heavy, Rose got drunk on June 15 at S&M Bar, and later discovered that he is sick after attending the Bay area. He was tested positive for COVID-19 in later June.
In a post dated April 28 2020, Rose was quoted as refusing to buy or wear a mask, vowing not to buy into that “damn hype.” On June 12 2020, a post captured Rose’s check-in to “Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island” in Ohio — alongside a remark that it was “not that packed lol.”
Two posts attributed to Rose were dated July 1 2020, the first of which was about Rose’s illness in the preceding days. In the second, Rose disclosed he was quarantined for fourteen days after testing positive for COVID-19.
A fifth and final screenshot included a smiling photograph of a genial-looking man and the words “Richard Rose, III Obituary.” Visible in that image were the dates of Rose’s birth and death: July 25 1982 and July 4 2020.
ccording to his obituary, Richard Rose III COVID Ohio passed away on July 4. He was born on July 25, 1982.
One friend shared the devastating news that he had passed away on July 4th.
Nick Conley wrote in a public post: “This was my friend Richard Rose. Rick was diagnosed with COVID-19 on July 1. Rick lost his life three days later on July 4th. Rick was healthy as far as we know and was only in his 30’s. Rick was like a lot of my friends and didn’t feel the need to wear a mask because he was young and healthy. Please know that this virus is real. Just because you don’t personally know someone affected yet doesn’t mean it’s not real.”