A FORMER CP reporter and osteopath, Alan Rouse, has died, aged 79.
Mr Rouse was born on the Island in 1937 and grew up in East Cowes, where he went to Grange Road School and Cowes Secondary School.
On leaving school in 1952, he started work with the County Press as a junior reporter. He stayed with the CP until 1956, when, at 18, he was recruited for national service in Gibraltar.
Returning to the Island two years later, Mr Rouse continued to work for the CP where he covered the Cowes district, until he left to become a reporter with the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton.
In 1960, Mr Rouse married his wife, Anne, and they emigrated to Canada where he covered yachting for the Halifax Herald and Mail Star.
Moving on across Canada, he then reported for the Sault Star in Sault Ste Marie and then the Toronto Globe and Mail.
Eventually Mr Rouse, his two small daughters and wife returned to Southampton, and he set up a successful public relations company with clients in the south of England and the IW.
In later years, there was another career change, as he trained to become an osteopath, acupuncturist and doctor of natural medicine.
His clinic in Eastleigh was well known, as he helped and cared for many hundreds of patients.
When he retired in 2002, his son, James, took over the clinic, and, for many years, Mr Rouse continued to lecture in London and helped in the training of many new osteopaths and acupuncturists.
A love of the sea was passed down from his grandfather, which enabled him, his wife and children, Cherry, Susan, Peter and James, to frequently sail The Solent.
With his sailing experience, he joined the Sail Training Association and sailed on their training ships for young people, the Malcolm Miller and the Sir Winston Churchill.
It was during the early Seventies Mr Rouse realised it was difficult for adults to find places to sail on traditional sailing ships.
He saw this as a problem to be solved and became founder of an international club for adults, called Mariners International, which chartered traditional sailing ships.
When they were not travelling abroad to visit family, he and Anne spent many happy years sailing in the Mediterranean with family and friends in their boat, Mawenzi.
Mr Rouse and his wife returned to the Island 18 months ago to live in Cowes.
He died at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice after a short illness.
He leaves his wife, two sons, two daughters, 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
His funeral took place on Monday at Northwood House.