James John (Jay) Rose Jr. of Vineyard Haven and formerly of Falmouth died unexpectedly on May 21 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was 51.

Jay was born and raised in Falmouth, the son of James John Rose and Julia Rose. He enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard upon graduation from Falmouth High School in June 1988. While serving in the National Guard, he successfully completed the field artillery cannon crewman and primary leadership development courses, received recognition for his outstanding performance supporting the New Bedford Half Marathon and received multiple letters of commendation for his hard work, dedication, attention to detail and commitment to both his home state of Massachusetts and our country. After 12 years of service, he was honorably discharged.

Throughout his life, he consistently committed himself to working hard and being a role model for those who worked for and with him. Family was important to him and he tried his best to ensure they knew that. Jay’s favorite pastime was to ride his motorcycle, grab a cup of coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts and hang out in Falmouth. He was proud of his truck and had a strong interest in golf. But the most important moment in his recent life was finding his forever person, Madelin. Madelin loved Jay to the core of his being and Jay loved her the same. Both were blessed to experience that.

He is survived by his new wife Madelin Gabriela Rose from Ecuador; his children James Ernest Rose of Dayton, Me, Shaiann Rose-Andrade of Holyoke, Alissia Julia Rose of Holyoke, and Nina Marie Rose of Falmouth; five grandchildren; his father James John Rose; sisters Kim Renee Balboa of Surprise, Ariz., Louann Rose of Falmouth, Tara Lyn Rose of Dallas, Tex, Erica Patricia Cooper of State College, Pa., and brother Eric Patrick Rose of Falmouth. He was predeceased by his mother Julia.

Visitation will be held at Chapman Funerals and Cremations in Falmouth on Friday, June 18 from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in East Falmouth at 11:30 a.m.

He will be interred at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in East Falmouth.