October 5, 1935 - February 19, 2021
A fierce lA fierce light went on Friday, February 19 when Rosemarie Susan Templeton, née Walsh, passed away peacefully at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, John and Meg Templeton. Rosemarie was born in Glasgow Scotland in 1935 to Catherine (Nana), née McGarvey and Thomas Walsh following the birth of her brother Jack Walsh in 1934. Sadly, she lost her father in 1946 when Thomas passed away due to a work-related accident. In November 1952, at the age of 17, she decided to follow her brother, Jack, who had immigrated to Canada the year before. Nana and her new husband, Thomas (Tommy) Yaw, joined her on the ocean liner, Atlantic, for the two-week trip where they landed in Quebec and made their way to Hamilton, Ontario. In Hamilton, her passion for dancing moved from the Barrowlands in Glasgow to the Imperial Club where she met a handsome and charming man who would soon become her husband, Jack Templeton. They married in May 1956. Daughter Catherine Susan Cochrane, née Templeton was born in April 1957 and John Robert Templeton in September 1959. In the early 60s Rosemarie took a job at the Ford Motor Company. Taking advantage of the employee discount, they bought a black, Galaxy 500 convertible with red interior. Very, very cool. Rosemarie had a minor thing for cars which started with the Nash Rambler she left in Scotland and continued with a Cortina in the 70s and, who could forget her white Firebird with t-tops in the 80s. Looking for a change of scenery and to be closer to work, the family moved to the country, Burlington, Ontario in 1962. During this time Nana and Tommy moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where Tommy worked as the plant manager at St. Anthony’s hospital in St. Petersburg. After three summer vacations in Florida, Rosemarie and Jack decided to immigrate in 1967, this time following Nana to a new country. Her ceaseless curiosity and fierce spirit, not to mention the need to be her own boss, put her on the computerized accounting path in the late 70s. She started an accounting firm, Templeton Enterprises Inc., with one of the first Wang computers and hired a programmer to write accounting software – there was nothing ‘off-the-shelf’ at the time. John, her son, was her greatest support and ally during these chaotic and contentious times in the tech industry. She was a geek before anyone knew what a geek was and certainly before it was cool. It was in 1981 that John met Rosemarie’s soon to be daughter-in-law, the wonderful Meg Schaffer. After their marriage in 1982, John and Meg settled in Largo and began their family. John jr. was born in 1983 followed by Shane in 1984, and Margaret (Maggie) in 1988. Around the same time, Jack Templeton remarried. He and Iris had a baby girl, Johannah (Hannah) in 1987, who became Rosemarie’s fourth ‘grandchild’. From this time on she would be known as Granny. Due to her curiosity and drive to solve a problem, she was known to go the extra mile to find every deduction and advantage possible for her clients. Her mantra was “you can avoid but not evade”. Even to the point where she was recognized by IRS agents at conferences replying when she introduced herself, “Oh, you’re Templeton Enterprises, you have the most creative interpretations of the regulations”. At the same time, she spent years as a fulltime employee of First American Title working closely with her son, John. By that time John was managing offices across Florida as the VP of his region. Their roles had switched but the synergy continued. She juggled working in the office during the week and with her clients on weekends and in the evenings. Around 2002 she decided to slow down and enjoy the next generation of her growing family; John Jr. married Heidi in 2011, they have two daughters Harlow and Scarlett; Shane married Loryn in 2018 and they have two boys, Shane Jr. and Ian; Hannah married Robby Vorbeck in 2020, and Maggie married David Montenegro in 2018 and they have a son David Jr. Becoming a reverse snowbird appealed to her and she spent several summers on Vashon Island visiting Catherine and her husband Michael Cochrane, who had moved to the pacific northwest in 1996. But she still ran TEI even from the northwest, adding the occasional client that needed her unique expertise. During this time, the early ‘00s, she also helped with the accounting for various Templeton family businesses, in particular the family-founded and managed Footprints Beachside Recovery in Treasure Island. In 2015, John and Meg, opened their home to Rosemarie while she recovered from a surgical procedure. Although she did improve greatly with their love, care, and companionship, they all decided that the Templeton home was now permanently her home and she left Top of the World. In 2018, she officially retired from the ‘accounting game’ by closing TEI for good. This time she roped Catherine into the administrative tasks having passed down her facility for numbers but, sadly, not her unique perspective. In that…she was a one of a kind. She fiercely loved and was fiercely loyal to her immediate and extended family, and clients; quietly lending emotional and financial support when needed and sage advice when asked. She would fight for them and, sometimes with them, because she always, always loved them deeply and without reservation and wanted to give them the best that she could. We miss her so very, very much. In Lieu of Flowers, the Family asks that donations be made in Rosemarie's name to Suncoast Hospice at https://suncoasthospice.org.
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