Scott, Rosemary - Died peacefully on February 8, 2014 in palliative care at LHSC after a courageous struggle with cancer throughout which she conducted herself with grace and dignity while her utmost concern was for the wellbeing of others. Rosemary was born in 1927 in Gillingham, Kent, UK. Her father, Leonard Austin, was an Inspector in the Royal Dockyards. The family lived in Malta for a brief period in 1939 however their tenure was interrupted by the onset of WW2. Although Leonard remained in Malta and participated actively in the defense of the island and its dockyards, his family returned to the south of England. Rosemary was an excellent student and graduated from university in 1948 with a degree in science. While in university she met her husband, David Scott, an artillery captain in the Canadian Armed Forces. Following marriage she immigrated to Canada with her husband and lived in Montreal where David was completing his doctoral studies in biology at McGill University. The couple moved to London in 1950 where David took up a position as a professor at UWO. Rosemary and David raised four children. Rosemary spent twenty years as a highly regarded Instructor in the Biology Department at UWO where she emerged as a natural leader and mentor to several of her younger colleagues. Following her retirement she worked for several years as a volunteer in the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital. Rosemary left that position in later life to provide wonderful care for her husband during his declining years. Throughout her life she maintained an intelligent inquiring interest in the natural world and she became an expert photographer with a special passion for butterflies. Rosemary and David travelled extensively to biologically diverse and interesting places including Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Trinidad, Venezuela and East Africa. Rosemary leaves her children Susan (Edward), Tony (Pamela) and Brian (Lisa), her brother Graham Austin, her cousin Shirley, and several grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband David and son Neil. She also leaves her very good friends from UWO; Jeanne, Marguerite and Dan. Their visits to Rosemary during her stay in palliative care were very special to her. The family is very grateful for the compassionate care provide by Rita and the other members of the palliative care team at LHSC. Cremation has taken place. At Rosemary's request a funeral will not be held. Her ashes will be spread with David's at a place that had special meaning to them during life. A gathering for family and friends will be held at later date.
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