Rosemary Crossley Obituary, Death- Rosemary Crossley, the Anne McDonald Centre’s Director, and co-founder, passed away yesterday. It is with great grief and a heavy heart that the Committee of Management for the Anne McDonald Centre announces her passing.
Rosie and Annie influenced the course of history together. Teaching, conducting research, and advocating for those who have little or no speech has been Rosie’s life’s work, and they have changed the lives of thousands of the most vulnerable people in a number of nations over the course of the past half-century. Her caustic sense of humor and sharp intellect are qualities that will be sorely missed. One of the most influential advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities has passed away, and the world is poorer as a result.
Rosie was recognized for her fearless attitude, her dogged tenacity, and her capacity to instill confidence in others so that they could advocate for themselves and the people they cared about. It was both an honor and a pleasure to work with Rosie, even in a minor capacity, and to contribute in any way to the success of the Anne McDonald Centre. We are sending our love and well wishes to Chris and Rosie’s family. During my time at DEAL Communication Centre, I had the privilege of working with Rosie. My first employment was provided for me by Rosie and Jean Melzer! Rosie’s dedication to the people she worked with has always been something I appreciated and liked about her.
Rosie, Jean, Chris, and Annie each had a unique and significant role in the course of my life. RIP Rosie. The coffee will remain ingrained in my mind forever. When I was a student nurse, one of my clinical rotations was at St. Nicholas Hospital, where I also worked with Rosie and Annie. Rosie took the time to explain things to me, and it let me see more clearly what was possible. I’d like to express my gratitude to Rosie for being a trailblazer in the quest for people to truly find their voice. Rosie opened my eyes to a whole new world and provided me with the groundwork I need in order to approach the level of service that she provided to those with intricate communication requirements.
Thank you very much, Rosie; you set a really high standard, and just when we felt we had reached it, you raised it even further. Rosie was in fact a source of motivation. We are grateful to Rosie for providing individuals who struggle with communication with a platform to express themselves. You were a formidable adversary, and there will never be another someone on the same level as you. When I was taking the class at Victoria University, it was an honor to get to know you and have you serve as my instructor. You are going to be sorely missed. Love and illumination. You can finally be at peace in the eternal paradise you shared with Anne. My deepest condolences go out to you and all of your loved ones, as well as your extended family and friends.