Seth Rosen Remembered As Great Musician, Union Leader

The Westlake resident and Gene's Jazz Hot band member died July 20 while on vacation in North Carolina.

Family, friends, coworkers and union members are mourning the loss of Seth Rosen, 55, of Westlake, while vacationing in North Carolina.

The Barking Spider in Cleveland hosted a "musicians' memorial" in his honor Tuesday night. Rosen played guitar and mandolin with Gene's Jazz Hot, which performed regularly at Loganberry Books in  and other places around town. He was also in the Sethro Quartet.

Rosen was vice president of Communications Workers of America District 4, representing 50,000 members in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to a statement about Rosen on the CWA website.

“All of CWA today feels a tremendous loss. Seth spent his life with us in the union he loved. His commitment to every aspect of our union life cannot be matched. To honor his memory, we will complete and carry on that work, and never give up,” said CWA President Larry Cohen in a statement.

Loved ones have posted condolences to the family, memories and other messages on a Facebook page dedicated to his life.

Communication Workers of America releases statement on Rosen

Statement from Policy Matters Ohio

Seth Rosen memorial Facebook page

Service Employess International Union tribute to Seth Rosen

Deborah Van Kleef July 26, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Seth was the leader of the Sethro Quartet. His nickname, "Sethro," was a play on his name and that of the great mandolinist Jethro Burns. He was an extraordinary leader, as both a union organizer and officer and a musician, with a rare mixture or confidence and humility, kindness and humor.


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