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In loving memory of Rosie Young who sadly passed away on 14th January 2021. For anyone who would like to view Rosie's arrival at the Crematorium with Tobias singing, please use the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fio05kogfci4ja8/AADpZy6u0v9IoIF8mEZS4EESa?dl=0
Rosie lived and grew-up in the Bracknell area and upon leaving school in 1970 went to work for Barclays Bank, here she stayed for 6 years before moving to a job at 3M, a large American company. She worked in their busy Accounts Payable department until 1988 when she took over as manageress of their Social Club. Rosie continued in this role until 1992 when due to company policy the club shut down. After 15 rewarding years with 3M Rosie decided to take voluntary redundancy.
A range of jobs followed over the next 11 years, one of the more colourful positions being working on the Tote, which involved wearing the smart bright red uniform and taking bets at the race courses. This job suited her outward going personality and charismatic nature.
Rosie was also a very good cook and caterer. She catered for many wedding receptions and birthday celebrations. She also cleaned for Chris the Vicar, a job she enjoyed because he was great fun and a family friend. One of her more challenging roles was running a Facilities Management Help-desk at a busy British Airways building at Heathrow airport. Rosie then left this position when she was offered the opportunity to manage a public house called the New Leathern Bottle in Jealotts Hill.
Rosie met Steve on the 17th April 1987. A Friday night that started off as any other for Steve, who was doing barman duty at the Hawk Club, at The Royal Air Force Staff College in Bracknell, but fate was to play a hand and Rosie was introduced to Steve, and the rest as they say is history, for from that moment on the happy couple were inseparable.
One particular story Rosie loved to relate goes as follows:
One day whilst running the New Leathern Bottle, two good friends and customers brought a guest with them. These friends were volunteers who helped look after the WW2 B17 Bomber The Sally B. They had just come back from a day at the local Air Show, at nearby White Waltham Airfield. Their guest Derek, was the man in charge of the Sally B. Derek's favourite pub meal was Ham egg and chips so this was what he ordered. Rosie’s ham, egg and chips were awesome.
The meal was a huge success and so impressed Derek that he said to Rosie “that was the best ham, egg and chips I have ever had” and in recognition of this superb meal, Rosie and Steve were invited on a VIP private tour of the Sally B at Duxford. They were allowed to sit in the cockpit of this World War 2 American B17 Flying Fortress Bomber, which is a real privilege and a huge treat, all because of Rosie’s amazing ham, egg and chips.
Rosie's good cooking was to serve her well in her next career move. She became a cook at the Blue Mountain Golf and Conference Centre in Binfield. It was here that she received formal training and became a qualified chef.
Throughout Rosie and Steve’s relationship Steve had proposed marriage to Rosie many times and each time Rosie would say No, so Steve recalls that around 1995 he stopped asking. “I loved Rosie and Rosie loved me and to have her in my life was enough.” That was until February 29th 2008.
Unbeknown to Steve, Rosie had contacted the Duncan Warren show on Radio Cornwall and was publicly going to propose Steve live and on air. This was a wonderful shock to Steve who obviously and immediately said yes.
The happy couple married on the 8th August 2008 and their wedding photos were taken at one of Rosie’s favourite locations: Marazion beach with St.Michael’s Mount in the background. Steve remembers “when the photos were being taken a number of Chinese people happened to be on the beach too. They became very excited and were also taking pictures of us, smiling and waving. It turns out that the number 8 is very important in the Chinese culture as it brings wealth. It certainly did for us as our relationship was full of the wealth of love and happiness.”
Rosie’s love of Cornwall came from many trips on holiday with her parents and in 1999 Steve was introduced to this beautiful county where he remembers “becoming instantly hooked”.
A childhood dream of Rosie’s came true in 2003 when on holiday the pair bought a house in Crowlas and finally in 2004 they were able to make it their home. But Rosie still wanted to work, and it was here that she achieved what was for her a fairy tale job: working as a cook in the Island Cafe on St Michaels Mount.
Rosie loved gardening and having bright vibrant colours around her. It matched her personality, her aura and natural attractiveness. Rosie loved life, she was out going, lovely and kind and an extrovert.
This was true even when in 2015 she fell and badly broke her elbow. Many operations, pins, plates and metal screws later, she would proudly show off her impressive scar and showed anyone who was interested her x-rays.
Unfortunately this meant Rosie could no longer work at the cafe on St.Michael’s Mount, but she was never bitter and still enjoyed the life she had, the love she had for Steve and the place she chose to live.