Stan Smith remembers Ron Rose as someone who could turn clients into friends and friends into clients.
“The type of practice he had, I think it’s unusual,” said Smith, a partner and colleague with Mr. Rose at Martin Pringle law firm. “(But) the type of person he was, you knew Ron would have your back, on the legal side of things or just as a good friend.”
Mr. Rose, a partner at Martin Pringle, died Saturday. He was 66.
Smith had worked with Mr. Rose for more than 20 years, first as a colleague at the former Curfman, Harris, Rose & Smith law firm and later at Martin Pringle.
Smith said Mr. Rose was primarily a tax lawyer but also worked in the areas of business law, estate planning, health law, real estate, and banking and financial services. Mr. Rose earned his undergraduate degree at Geneva College in Pennsylvania, where he grew up, his law degree at the University of Pittsburgh and a post-graduate law degree in taxation from Georgetown University. His first job as a lawyer was at the chief counsel’s office of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.
“Ron was kind of a quiet fellow but had a great, dry wit about him,” Smith said.
Mr. Rose was also “one of the hardest working people I’ve known,” Smith said.
Mr. Rose was a father of three boys. “I think (Mr. Rose) truly believed working hard to take care of his family was his mission in life,” Smith said.
Jeff Kennedy, who also worked with Mr. Rose at Martin Pringle, said Mr. Rose was an “incredibly talented lawyer and a great partner.”
“He was one of those people that you could turn a matter over to and you didn’t have to think about it again,” Kennedy said.
Smith and Kennedy said that one of Mr. Rose’s biggest passions outside work and family was the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.
“He and all three boys are die-hard Steelers fans,” Smith said. “He frequently would go over to his son David’s house and watch the games.”
Kennedy, who had been in Mr. Rose’s office earlier Monday morning, added, “He had quite a bit of Steelers’ garb, memorabilia, in his office. He really loved the Steelers.”
Mr. Rose was past chairman of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and served on the institutional review board of the Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation.
He was also named to the Best Lawyers in America from 2007 to 2014.
Mr. Rose is survived by his wife, Linda, and sons David, Jordan and Mark.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and the funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, both at Downing Lahey Mortuary East, 6555 E. Central.