Heathfield residents and shop workers mourn loss of popular resident

1st August

Heathfield resident Rosemary Westacott passed away unexpectedly on July 11, 2023. Rosemary was a popular and well-known figure in and around the town; a valued friend to many and a much-loved mother. She lived in Ridgeway Court on Mutton Hall Hill.

Rosemary, 83, moved to Heathfield several years ago and helped out at Cuculo as well as the local charity shop. She frequently dropped into shops in Heathfield High Street offering treats to staff and brightening up their days. Regardless of the weather, Rosemary always walked down the high street with her umbrella and a colourful scarf.

During Covid, after positive feedback about her baking from friends, Rosemary she started to take orders for her cheese scones which proved very popular.

Carla Cianciaruso, team member at Cuculo, said: “Rosemary was part of our team, always smiling and ready to give a word of comfort to everyone. She was a unique, dynamic and kind person. She will be missed dearly. But she will always be in our hearts. Ciao dear friend, wherever you are be happy.”

The Westacott family welcomes all Rosemary’s friends from Heathfield to the funeral service to be held on Wednesday, 23th August 2023 at 1pm at Kent & Sussex Crematorium, Benhall Mill Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5JJ.

Her friend Candy Bowles said: “It will no doubt be an emotional day, but we would like to ask everyone to come with a smile as Rosemary would have wanted us all to celebrate her life and their fond memories.”

After the service, the family will host a gathering at Daily Bread Cafe, one of Rosemary’s firm favourites, to celebrate her life, raise a glass, eat scones, cream and jam and share more stories. Everyone is warmly invited. (The address of Daily Bread cafe is 27-29 Rusthall High St, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8RL. The cafe has kindly agreed to close for business for the occasion.)

Because the cafe is small, please let Candy Bowles know if you are planning to join the gathering candy.bowles@gmail.com  

On hearing the news local residents shared their grief on the town’s Facebook page.

Vikki Carter commented: “I loved speaking to Rosemary. We agreed on most things and had a good laugh. I loved her positive and no-nonsense attitude. I will always remember her, especially when I hear ‘raspberry beret’ a song that always came to mind when she’d walk in looking so great in that hat. I will miss her popping in for her tea and chats “no sugar dear, I’m sweet enough”.

Charlotte Alice Scott said: “We all loved her at Noakes Coffee and were deeply saddened by this news. Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family.”

Carol Harding said: “Very sad to hear of the passing of dear Rosemary. She was a very popular customer in Sainsbury’s, always ready with a smile and a sweet for all of us checkout girls. RIP sweet lady.”

Tina Applegate said: “She was a lovely lady always thinking of others. She be missed by all who knew her.”

Sue Weekes said: “Rosemary was an amazing lady she popped in most shops to say Hello and bring us all a little treat she will be sadly missed a beautiful person RIP.”