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Mike Rose, Prominent Memphis Businessman And Philanthropist, Remembered

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The family of Michael Rose and some of his close friends in Memphis paid respects to the businessman and philanthropist today.

Rose died last Sunday from cancer. He invested a lot into the University of Memphis and Shelby County.

Michael Rose's family says he was thoughtful, loving, and someone who valued giving back. Michael Rose’s eldest son, Matthew, said, “The man was a giver and the man loved, including Memphis."

Rose's family and friends packed Temple Israel in east Memphis Sunday, to honor a life they say impacted so many people. Matthew commented, "I think we've all been coping for a while and when I look out in the crowd today I see people who are really hurting because it's so new to them but I feel like we've been processing for a while"

Originally from Akron, Ohio, Rose spent a great deal of his time in the Bluff City. He served as CEO of Holiday Inn Corporation during a portion of his career and was on the Memphis Arts Council.

Ray Schultz, a former colleague of Rose added, “He was a very forceful, very strategic thinking kind of guy. He did more for our businesses than anybody I could remember."

Rose invested a lot of his earnings into the University of Memphis, but some of his close friends tell me his most visible contribution to Shelby County would be the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Folks young and old utilize the 16 fields daily.

"Be it in education, health services, sports he just wanted Memphians to feel proud of their city," said Matthew.

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