THE death has occurred in the US of Rosemary Heard, née Maybury, formerly of Aghadoe, Killarney and late of Sandwich, New Hampshire.
She passed away on December 28, after a short illness, at her home in the company of her husband Jonathon and close friends.
Rosemary was born on 2 May 1960 and was the only child of Richard and Louise (Talbot) Maybury. She was raised in Aghadoe, Killarney, before departing for Boston, Massachusetts in her early 20’s but she has kept regular contact with life-long friends in Killarney.
She attended Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and worked in various positions throughout her early years, including at the Landmark Restaurant in Boston’s North End, the Amoskeag Company and MASS Development before moving permanently to Sandwich, New Hampshire. She was considered a real estate specialist and was hugely respected within that industry in both the public and private sector.
Rosemary was well known in New Hampshire for her many years of work as President and CEO of Catch Neighborhood Housing, a non-profit charity based in Concord. She loved her job and her CATCH team and was very proud of the work they did.
She was passionate about spreading community values and her strong leadership and focused determination ensured that people in the community, who were under-served, had housing security.
Rosemary also served on the board of directors for the Bank of New Hampshire and Concord Hospital and received many awards and accolades, including Kerry Woman of the Year and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Leader of the Year award.
She was also honoured by the Kerry Businesswomen’s Network at a reception in the Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney on September 2019.
Friends say Rosemary’s smile and style lit up a room. She had her eclectic tastes and a flair for cooking and baking and she and her husband, Jonathon, regularly hosted fantastic parties.
She was a creative soul and her influence can be seen in many of the buildings and homes she collaborated on building across the state through CATCH.
Rosemary was a dedicated wife who treasured her husband Jonathon and embraced every moment with him.
She had a vibrant personality, always made people around her laugh and she made great friends from all walks of life everywhere she went.
Rosemary is survived by her husband, Jonathon, her stepson Myles and his children Max and Aria, Aunt Maura, her many cousins and close friends in Killarney and in the US.
Instead of flowers or gifts, her family asks that contributions be made to the non-profit organisation CATCH Community Housing, Concord, NH.
The family has asked for privacy and a memorial service is planned for the summer of 2021.
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