‘She lived life to the max’

Fam­ily’s heartache over tragic death of TV high-flyer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

THE fam­ily of a tal­ented TV stu­dio boss who was trag­i­cally killed in a road ac­ci­dent over­seas have paid trib­ute to the ‘vi­va­cious and bub­bly’ woman.

High-flyer Kerry Anne Rome (33) died when she was hit by a motorcyclist in Doha, in Qatar, in the Mid­dle East, where she worked as a stu­dio di­rec­tor for the TV chan­nel Al Jazeera English.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened in the early hours of April 20 as she walked across a road.

She had only mar­ried Mark Har­ris (35) last Au­gust and they be­gan their mar­ried life in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, be­fore she moved to Qatar.

She was born and brought up in Thurlby, near Bourne, where her mum and step-dad Mike and Mar­garet Dench still live. Dad Roy Rome lives in Peter­bor­ough.

Mar­garet said: “She was such a vi­va­cious per­son and so full of life.

“Con­sid­er­ing how young she was she has done so much in her life.

“When we went out there and saw what life was like we re­alised how strong a per­son she was.

“We are all so in­cred­i­bly proud of her and what she did.”

And hus­band Mark, from Mar­ket Deep­ing, said: “She lived life to the max. Words can’t do her jus­tice.

“She used to take me on a roller­coaster ride, al­ways say­ing, ‘come on Mark, next step’.”

Kerry lived with her par­ents and two sis­ters Emma and Kirsty in Thurlby, at­tend­ing the vil­lage school be­fore go­ing to Bourne Gram­mar School.

She then stud­ied at Stam­ford Col­lege and then for a de­gree in film with me­dia stud­ies and video pro­duc­tion at Buck­ing­hamshire Univer­sity.

Her ca­reer in tele­vi­sion started at the Ideal World shop­ping chan­nel in Peter­bor­ough, quickly pro­gress­ing to Snatch It and Gems TV, near Birm­ing­ham, and Granada TV then Se­tanta Sport.

She then moved into TV news and was the first fe­male tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of live news at Al Jazeera English in Malaysia where she worked for more than three years.

She was pop­u­lar with col­leagues and more than ca­pa­ble at her job and was known for break­ing down bar­ri­ers be­tween de­part­ments.

Her abil­ity landed her a job at Al Jazeera English’s head of­fice in Doha in Oc­to­ber.

She mar­ried her hus­band Mark in Grace­land Chapel, Las Ve­gas as the cou­ple were ser­e­naded by “Elvis” .

They spent their spare time trav­el­ling and she made many friends, prov­ing pop­u­lar with chil­dren.

Mark said: “Wher­ever she went she made friends with the lo­cals and chil­dren loved her and would come up to her all the time.”

Sis­ter Kirsty said: “We were all re­ally close, she loved her fam­ily. She did more in her 33 years than most do in a life­time.”

Her col­leagues held a me­mo­rial event for her in Doha which raised hun­dreds for an orang-utan sanc­tu­ary in Bor­neo that she had vis­ited.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice is be­ing held at St Firmin’s Church, Thurlby, on Mon­day at 1.30pm.

And do­na­tions can be made in Kerry’s mem­ory for When You Wish Upon a Star, a char­ity for ter­mi­nally ill chil­dren. To do­nate visit www.just­giv­ing.com/ker­ryRome

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