We celebrate the birth of Jeff Rowland
Today 29th January 2019 we celebrate the birth of Carl Jeffrey Rowland in 1964 – he would have been 55 had he not been so cruelly taken far too early by Leukaemia cancer last year (16 November 2018).
Jeff was born in Willington Quay (an area in the borough of North Tyneside in Tyne and Wear in northern England. It is situated on the north bank of the River Tyne, facing Jarrow, and between Wallsend and North Shields). Pure speculation, on my part, but I discovered (via wikipedia) Willington Quay Maternity Hospital was a 14 bed facility constructed in 1926, the first to be built by Northumberland County Council. It closed during the 1970s and was demolished by 1995. So maybe that was his birthplace?
Jeff was the first born of Arthur Rowland, a shipyard worker, and his wife Pauline (nee Thompson), a “lollipop lady” for 35 years, they were married on 10th March 1961. A little sister, Helen, followed 18 months later to complete the
School Days: 1975 Norham High School
I’m afraid I have very little info on Jeff’s school days I believe (but not confirmed) he only really enjoyed sport and art. In the photo below Jeff is third from left in the back row
After school Jeff’s first job was working in a bakery followed by a long list
However, besides art, Jeff Rowland was a family man with his partner Alison Speller and a son Christopher (born 16th February 1995).
I am indebted to Jeff’s sister Helen Okeeffe for most of the information supplied. If you spot any errors or can make additional comments please let me know. I hope this has shown a little bit of the private side of Carl Jeffrey Rowland. I trust it has been interesting. Thanks, Brian