Friends and family to say farewell to former cub master

Friends and family to say farewell to former cub master

James Preston

Friends and family to say farewell to former cub master
Rose Weller

A funeral is set to be held for a dedicated former cub scout leader who spent most of her life involved with youth organisations.

Family and friends, including members of the Scout Association, will say farewell to Primrose Weller, known as Rose, at a ceremony at Slough Crematorium on Friday.

She passed away on Sunday, October 20, aged 91.

A lifelong Maidenhead resident, Rose took over the role as cub master for the 21st Maidenhead group in Cox Green in 1960 and continued in the role for 14 years.

She went on to become the assistant district commissioner for cub scouts in the area and became a member of the Scout Fellowship in 2001, when she began to wind down her duties.

Rose also spent time working as a telephone control operator for the National Fire Service (NFS) during the Second World War, and was manning the switchboards when the first doodlebug bombs were dropped on Berkshire.

Originally from Malders Lane in Pinkneys Green, her long association with youth organisations began as a child when she joined the brownies, progressing to become a guide and ranger.

She lost her first husband, Bill Hay, during the war, but found love again and spent nearly 50 years married to Cyril Weller, who passed away in 1996.

The pair moved to Finch Court in 1950, where Rose remained for the rest of her life.

She had four children, Jane, Cliff, Susan and Paul, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Daughter Jane said: "She was a very happy, easy-going person and obviously had a great sense of community spirit.

"She had a wicked sense of humour and could be really quite stubborn."

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