Wed, 24 July, 2024

Rosemary Cook

Posted: May 21st, 2023

ROSEMARY COOK was married to Sunday Mirror photographer and much-loved FOC, Peter “Cookie” Cook.  Peter died in 2021 and Rosemary has joined the committee to support all those who have lost loved ones and particularly women pensioners.  

Rosemary and Peter were married for 57 years.  They met in the early Sixties and were married after Rosemary had graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and London University.

They were both political animals and there were some passionate and turbulent days, especially during the Maxwell era.  Rosemary collected decades of history and photographs in the form of newspaper cuttings and scrapbooks, which are now much treasured by their family.  Later, Peter served on the AMP committee for many years until his death. 

Both Rosemary and Peter joined the local Labour Party when they retired to Penarth on the west coast of Wales.  Rosemary became a local town councillor and eventually became Mayor of Penarth, a role which required her to attend many events and do a lot of public speaking.

Rosemary was born in London and most of her working life was in music education, culminating as Head of Music at St Clement Danes School, Chorleywood, Herts, where she ran a thriving music department and conducted orchestras and choirs.  Her most memorable highlight was preparing the children for and participating in a CD recording of La Boheme with Kiri Te Kanawa and the London Symphony Orchestra, including performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 

Rosemary had her 80th birthday in early 2023.  Her interests include genealogy, playing the piano and running a local choir.  She is also a fluent Italian speaker.

She said: “Peter is hugely missed and it gives me great pleasure to continue to support his colleagues and friends in the AMP in his memory.”

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