Rosie’s dream has come true

Family and friends with the cheque to Marie Curie
Family and friends with the cheque to Marie Curie

The close friend of a much loved jazz singer who lost her battle with cancer last year has raised money for a cancer charity in her memory.

Elaine Keegan, also from Bearsden, was inspired by Rosie Kirkwood’s dream when she was alive to organise a jazz night to raise money for Marie Curie.

Rosie

Rosie

Elaine said: “Sadly it wasn’t to be for Rosie and she never got the chance to hold her jazz night, so I decided to take up the challenge after she passed away.

“I was thrilled that so many people who knew and loved Rosie wanted to help and support the event.”

Despite the fact that there was no jazz band, they held an afternoon tea in Cafe Source 2, Hyndland instead. It was a sell out and raised an amazing £1,500 in just three hours.

Elaine added: “I’d like to thank Cafe Source 2 for their incredible support, the generosity of numerous businesses in the West End, fabulous knitters, bakers and candle stick makers and all Rosie’s friends and family for coming along.”

Rosie, who lived in Thompson Drive, Bearsden, for many years was 73 when she passed away last year after a brave fight with ovarian cancer for five years.

She was a talented jazz singer, loved and respected by jazz musicians throughout Scotland and she organised a popular monthly jazz club in Milngavie’s Corbie Ha’, where she sang regularly with the John Telford quartet.

Rosie left Bearsden to travel to Brazil and Milan with her husband Kenny who worked in the oil industry.

Rosie leaves behind her husband Kenny, daughter Claire and two grand-daughters Erin and Charlotte.