Rosie Gilbert

I taught with Rosie during the 90s at Notre Dame where she was known for her absolute expertise particularly with teaching English language skills to younger students. Since my specialism was more with the older groups I was always eager for tips and ideas and she was always more than happy to advise and support. I have particularly lovely memories of going on a teachers’ retreat to Kintbury with Rosie and two other friends – a precious escape from the crazy demands of teaching and an opportunity to relax and share ideas and thoughts – we had a hilarious trip down there by car and even called in to visit my mum on the way! Having only relatively recently caught up again with Rosie,  I was looking forward to rekindling those ties and sharing our interests in cinema and literature during our retirement. She was great to talk to about such things with clear and intelligent views but an eager curiosity to find out what you thought. I’m so furious that the pleasures of her retirement years were snatched away from her by such a cruel disease and at the same time astounded and inspired by her own attitude towards it – not a trace of bitterness or self pity, just a determination to enjoy what life was left to her and put others at ease with her interest in them, and her lovely sense of humour. Her death is such a sad loss and I shalll miss her. Phyllis O’Grady

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Phyllis O'Grady

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