We have been advised by Dr. Trefor Roscoe that his brother, Gareth, has passed away on 19th April, 2017 after battling against myeloma for several years. He has written the following about his brother:
Richard Gareth Roscoe
Born in Liverpool in 1957 to Dennis and Audrey (nee Mitchell) Gareth was brought up in Bromborough and Raby Mere on the Wirral. He was at The Birkenhead School from 1969 to 1977. At the time he entered school it was under the direct grant system, part of the fees being paid by the local authority for boys who passed the entrance examination. He had an undistinguished time at school being intellectually overshadowed by his peers in one of the best years the School ever had, and not being interested, or able, in sports. His finest sporting success was as scorer for the First XI for two seasons and playing number 8 for the third XV.
On leaving school he studied law at Liverpool University and was articled in an inner city practice in Anfield. One of the many anecdotes from that time was about two men came in while his mentor was out of the office and asked for help with a conveyance. One wanted to buy the others property and they brought a bag containing the purchase price in used £10 notes, £15,000 was a lot of money in 1979. After further study at Chester College of Law he completed his articles and was admitted at a ceremony presided over by Lord Denning.
He then went into general legal practice in Lancashire, working briefly doing conveyancing for a house builder, Brosely Homes. One of the more unusual contracts he helped oversee was selling a group of houses to Phil Redmond of ITV, which became the set of Brookside Close.
He married Christine Keogh, who was a legal secretary, in 1985 and they had three children Caroline, Christopher and Bethan. Sadly Bethan died of a cot death and the marriage was dissolved in 1997.
He married Nicola Briggs, a social worker, in 1998 and he became a specialist child care solicitor with Blackburn and Darwin local authority. This led him, like his father before him, to become a trade union representative.
Gareth was a good musician, being able play guitars, banjo and mandolin and with a fine baritone voice. He played bass guitar in a band while at university and often went to folk nights with his guitars in pubs for many years. Family parties always ended up with him joining his father and brother singing folk songs late into the night.
He was diagnosed with myeloma, a form of bone cancer in 2014 and died in April 2017.