|Rosie outside of Paul's house with some of the regulars|
|Photos of Rosie Martin holding Eddie taken July 25, 1968 by Scotti Cohn|
I am extremely sad to hear from the Paul McCartney sight that Paul's dear housekeeper and nanny, Rosie Martin has passed away at the age of 92.
Of course, Rosie was a big part of Paul's life from the late 1960's and all of the Wings era and there is a wonderful story Paul tells about how after Linda passed away, Rosie would still say good morning to her. I think Rosie worked for the McCartney family until around the time Paul married Heather. Rosie took care of the McCartney children and she traveled with them during the Wings touring days. It is even said that Paul named the album "Red Rose Speedway" after her.
Rosie was an important person in the Beatles fan community. She became a friend and someone who was an insider that could give the fans bits of information about Paul's whereabouts. However, from what I have read, the fans had a lot of respect for Rosie and loved her like a mother. They didn't seem to take advantage of her and would often ride the Tube or bus with her to made sure she made it back to her home safely.
My sympathies and condolences go out to her family and to the McCartney family as well as the fans who considered her to be a friend. Rosie was more than just Paul's housekeeper, she was part of the Beatle family and she will be missed by us all.