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R Todarp

Published in the Western Telegraph on 7 November 12

This Glamerous Italian Lady ROSA TODARO was 80 on 6th November Happy Birthday with love from Frank, children, in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren Behind a very good manthere is a good woman, so they say. This is a story of Rosa Todaro, wife of local barber Frank Todaro. Rosa arrived in Paddington Station in 1953 with her son Domenico aged 18 month, sister-in-law Lina, who was 8 months pregnant, tired from a long journey from southern italy waiting patiently fo a lady from Tres-yn-Wen, but never turned up. They waited 24 hours until they decided to get on board a train that was hopefully heading fro Goodwick Station. with no english spoken, they finally reached Goodwick to join Frank and brothers Leanard and Joe. rosa and Frank worked on a farm in Puncheston, Maes-yr-Afon for 5 years. Rosa was a housekeeper to the farmhouse and was very happy. they moved on from there to Stop-in-Call then to St. Peters Road, Milford Haven where Rosa had a very busy life bringing up her family and also had a dressmaking business. She was an excellent Seamstress and was very busy doing alterations for local shops and making beautiful clothes. Rosa, Frank and family moved to Charles Street where Rosa had a dressmaking shop next to her husband's Barber shop which proved very successful. After a couple of years the shop turned into a ladies salon and then she learned to become a ladies Hairdresser and also part- time Seamstress. Much of the success of the Todaro business must be due to Rosa who quietly worked in the background of the business for over 50 years encouraging everyone, keeping everyone in order, making sure the Salon was always clean and inviting. Although not enjoying good health at the moment she still keeps an interest in the business and always asks about her clients. We wish her well and hopes she makes a full recovery and able to come back to the Salon.

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