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A surprise for Philip on his 100th birthday

4th February 2013

Rosetrees resident, Philip Rochman gets surprise visit from his great granddaughter on his 100th birthday

As a surprise for the great grandfather she had never previously met, Scarlet Sternberg (6 months old) flew all the way from California, with her parents Selena and Nick, to celebrate Philip Rochman’s 100th birthday on February 1st. Mr Rochman is a resident of Jewish Care’s Rosetrees care home in Friern Barnet.
Mr Rochman’s sons John and Paul and their respective families also attended the celebrations. 
The family came to England just before WW1 and Mr Rochman grew up in Ladbroke Grove, West London. He became apprenticed as a tailor on leaving school and worked for his father.

He met his future wife, Evelyn Collier in 1938 and they married in 1939. They moved into a flat in Aylmer Road in Hampstead Garden Suburb where they lived for most of their married life.
Philip started his own clothes manufacturing business after the war making high quality women’s and children’s clothes. He had clients all over the world including members of the Royal Family, Burberry’s in London & Paris, and up-market stores in New York, Japan, Hong Kong and South America.  He retired from his main business in the late 1980s but continued to work throughout the 1990s.
Mr Rochman lived independently in sheltered accommodation in East Finchley and he moved to Rosetrees one year ago.