Retired Dorothy’s caring won’t stop

Dorothy Rourke
Dorothy Rourke
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A popular social carer who has worked with Edinburgh City Council has retired.

Dorothy Rourke has looked after mainly elderly clients for almost 20 years.

Mrs Rourke was born in the city’s Simpsons Maternity Hospital in August 1952.

She attended Parsons Green Primary School and when it burned down she moved to Abbeyhill, where she spent her early years before moving to Dublin Street.

She completed her education at Bellevue Secondary.

When she then passed her driving test, she took a job driving a Sprinter bus around Edinburgh, in a service operated by the council.

She frequently went out of her way for passengers, dropping them off where they required.

She took two further driving jobs – firstly with Express Factors, delivering car parts to garages, and then Rentokil, dropping off bins to schools.

Caring and working for people in the community is a family vocation.

Mrs Rourke’s sisters, Elaine and Morven, also work for the council, the former as a carer and Morven with the children and families department.

As a teenager she was keen on dancing and regularly attended the Top Storey nightclub in Leith Street with her friends.

Thirteen years ago, after meeting in the Gardeners Arms in Gilmerton, she married George, a building labourer, at Victoria Street Registry Office and the couple now live in Gorebridge.

They have no children but Dorothy dotes on her two dogs, a Yorkie and a Border collie, and loves taking them for long walks.

Sister Elaine said: “She has always been a dog lover and loves spending time with them.

“She is a kind and caring person and enjoys working with the elderly. She has had quite a large number of clients and specialises in personal care – helping them wash, dress and cooking for them”.

Her aunt, Gladys Davis, said: “Dorothy is the salt of the earth and has always gone out of her way to help others.”

She said farewell to her workmates on Thursday and was presented with flowers and a retirement gift.

A retirement party was organised by friends, family and work colleagues at the Gilmerton Miners Club.

A close friend said : “Throughout her working life she has had many clients from the social work department and they all thought the world of her and she will be sorely missed.”

It is no surprise that during Mrs Rourke’s retirement she plans to spend more time looking after her mother, Iris, who is now 86, and lives in the Capital.