Tributes have been paid to former Mercury reporter Rose Taylor who died this week.
Rose, 62, died at Thorpe Hall Hospice on Monday after a short battle with cancer surrounded by family and friends including her son Chris.
Rose worked as a reporter at the Rutland and Stamford Mercury and our sister titles the Rutland Times and The Local for about 18 months between 2012 and 2014.
The Mercury’s head of content Kerry Coupe said: “Rose only worked at the Mercury for a relatively short time in her long journalism career but she made a huge impact and was well-liked and respected by all she came across.
“Not only was she a talented interviewer and writer, she was also a great friend to all of us in the office. She was always willing to offer advice, often over a cup of tea at The George Hotel in Stamford – one of her favourite places to visit.
“It was while she was at the Mercury she was first diagnosed with cancer and she showed enormous strength of character and dignity.
“She was particularly touched that a team of Mercury staff took part in Race for Life in 2014 in her honour and that readers sponsored the effort. Her first thought though was not for herself but for the money that was raised in aid of Cancer Research UK to help others.
“Rose brought light and laughter to the Mercury office and she will be truly missed.”
Rose was born in Mumbai and came to the UK in 1972. Her first job in journalism was on the Saffron Walden Reporter and from there she went on to hold senior roles in Royston, on the Cambridge News and the Gloucester Echo before joining the Mercury’s sister title the Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 2005.
There she built up a reputation as a committed journalist who was also a great supporter of local community groups and charitable causes.
Editor of the Peterborough Telegraph and the Mercury Mark Edwards said: “Rose was not just an immensely respected colleague, she was a great personal friend.
“She was absolutely passionate about the paper, local journalism and, in particular, supporting campaigns and good causes.
“She was so well known in many communities and organisations across the city and would frequently give many hours of her own time to support events. She was liked and respected in equal measure by many people.
“Her great strength was developing young reporters and there are many careers that got off to a great start thanks to her support and advice.”
After a successful stint as news editor she took up a content management role on the Aberdeen Press and Journal before returning to Peterborough. She edited the Cambridge First weekly newspaper before becoming a communicationes executive at Bedford University and latterly taking on a role at the Leprosy Mission based in Orton Goldhay.
A funeral service will be held at St Peter and All Souls Church, in Geneva Street, Peterborough, on Thursday, October 13 at 10.30am, followed by a reception in the parish hall.
Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to the Leprosy Mission of England and Wales via its website: www. leprosymission.org.uk