2012-01-19 / Obituaries

John Charles Mosby

John Charles

Mosby, 65, of

Jamestown, passed away Nov. 16, 2011, at John Clarke Nursing Home in Middletown after a long illness. Born in South Kingstown, he was the son of Charles W. Mosby and Helen J. (Murray) Mosby, formerly of Narragansett.

John, in his early years, was an altar boy at St. Philomena’s (St. Thomas More) Catholic Church in Narragansett Pier under the guidance of Father Barry. He attended Bishop Hendricken then graduated South Kingstown High School in 1963.

Soon after John enlisted in the U.S. Army, trained at Fort Dix then served in Heidelberg, Germany. Following an honorable discharge from service in 1966, he attended R.I. Junior College then the University of Rhode Island, where he majored in American literature.

During the 1970s John was coowner of a popular retail store (Savage Rose) in Peace Dale. Always the entrepreneur, he was in the import/export business for many years after. He was the longtime companion of the late Miss Kelly Quinn of Jamestown.

John was an avid reader who loved music. He enjoyed traveling, golf, motorcycles, the Red Sox and the Celtics. John was a direct descendant of Colonel John S. Mosby, nicknamed the “Gray Ghost,” who was a Confederate cavalry battalion commander in the Civil War, 43rd Battalion, 1st Virginia Cavalry known as Mosby’s Rangers.

John is survived by five cousins, Mary Anne Murray of London, England, John (Jack) Murray of Coco Beach, Fla., Michael and Patrick Murray of Narragansett, and Christopher Murray of Tempe, Ariz. He will be missed by all.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend interment with military honors at Veterans Cemetery in Exeter on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. Guests are asked to meet at the veterans administration building at 10:45 a.m. A reception will follow at the Corner Tavern in North Kingstown.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to St. Mark Catholic Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI 02835.

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