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Frank DeMarco, founder of Rosemary's Creamery, died Monday

Posted at 5:09 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 13:15:34-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Frank DeMarco, the founder of Rosemary's Creamery, died Monday due to complications from congestive heart failure, his family told 23ABC News.

DeMarco was 89 years old.

For the last 36 years, his legacy has brought sweetness and joy to the community, through the sweet treats at Rosemary's Creamery.

Rosemary's has become a Bakersfield staple, located on the corner of F Street and 28th Street in Downtown Bakersfield. The ice cream shop, named after DeMarco's wife of more than 60 years, was opened by the couple back in 1984.

Back in 2015, 23ABC News met up with DeMarco, who told us all about how the business started.

DeMarco said he needed a change from his career as a newspaperman. So he and his wife decided to do something sweet instead. Thus Rosemary's Creamery opened and has fulfilled the sweet-tooths of Bakersfield residents ever since.