Cllr. Rosie Clarke

Last Friday morning I attended the sad funeral of Rosie Clarke at St. Mary’s Parish Church Woodbridge. There was hardly a dry eye amongst the hundreds who turned out on a damp winter morning to mark the sad passing of such a really lovely lady and fine Councillor.

Rosie died on Christmas Day having finally succumbed to her cancer whilst some of us knew she was losing her battle the suddenness of it surprised me and others; of course whenever you asked how things were she brushed it off with breezy ‘oh its fine’ but only two weeks earlier she had been to the Leadership team meeting and played a full and active part, but then again I know from far too many experiences with friends that once cancer gets a foothold in certain parts of our bodies it can be all too sudden.

The congregation was a testament to a life well lived, made up of her family, friends colleagues from across her career, the senior policemen and women of Suffolk and a who’s who of local government councillors and officers from across the whole of Suffolk.

The Priest opened procedings by explaining that he had strict instructions from Rosie and that the order of service and every detail was as instructed, and that we were to celebrate her life not mourn her, which got a knowing giggle from many of us; that was Rosie.

Liz Harsant one of her oldest friends and Leader of Ipswich Borough Council talked lovingly and irreverently about her life and their long friendship; and her children spoke of their mother as she often spoke of them with love and pride.

I remember Rosie from the day I joined the council always taking the time to ask how things were going with the newbie and later when she and I became Portfolio Holders of the different sides of the same Directorate, we worked together on a number of issues. Rosie loved a gossip and a laugh at the occasional absurdity amongst the great responsibility that is the life of a Councillor.

I also rather surprised myself when during the course of the funeral that I have never been to a Roman Catholic Funeral before, I had never thought about it before but almost all the funerals I have ever been to, have been CoE, with the one Methodist one for good measure, completely standard format but no this one was different! You know sometimes you go through life thinking how cosmopolitan you are and then you realise, up until this point, actually everyone’s funeral you have ever been too has been a CoE, how weird a realisation in the middle of a funeral.

Lots of people have come forward to give their words for Rosie’s obituary, family, friends and political colleagues; for me I shall simply miss have a chat about this and that, with a lovely fun lady.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal, anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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