Good bye, Wendy

Wendy Wilcox in happier times
It is with a heavy heart that I write today's blog post.  As many of you with close links to Symi know, Wendy was diagnosed with throat cancer two years ago, followed shortly thereafter by the tragic loss of her partner, Ged Horton.  Sadly, we now say good bye to Wendy who died suddenly on Saturday afternoon, in the arms of her friends.

The friendly face of Symi Visitor for more than 20 years, she brought many visitors to the island and joy to the lives of countless people, both visitors and residents alike.  In recent years she was also one of the warm-hearted founders of Solidarity Symi, the local charity that sprang out of the refugee crisis of 2015. 

Naturally empathetic, Wendy always put other people first and wanted to make everyone happy. That made her an excellent hostess and event organiser.  The happy couples who enjoyed her services as a wedding planner are part of her enduring legacy.

Her buoyant personality and vivacity were slowly dimmed by the disease that robbed her of her speech and her ability to socialise but she fought on, making the adaptations that living with a life-changing illness imposes.  Spinach smoothies and Greek rice pudding and long walks with her dog, Santouri.  It is tragic that an undetected aneurysm cut short her life and robbed us of the friend and colleague we loved so well.  She will be missed, both on Symi and by thousands of people around the world.


Anonymous –   – (Monday, April 02, 2018)  

Good by Wendy.
In my life - so many years - in "the symiotic univers" - as a guest - I will never forget your spirit.
God bless you
Arne from Denmark :-(

Jackie@travelnwrite  – (Tuesday, April 03, 2018)  

So sorry to learn of her passing. We remember her fondly. We met her as a matter of fact the day we came looking for you as I was looking for my fellow blogger. Our sympathies to all her friends and family on Symi.

Anonymous –   – (Wednesday, April 04, 2018)  

Please accept my sincere condolences. Symi won't be the same without Wendy.

Jennie Brooker –   – (Thursday, April 05, 2018)  

Thankyou for this insight into this very brave lady's life. I met her a few times and she was so cheerful you would never have known she was ill. The last time I saw her was in September as she left The Symi Visitor office and she waved and smiled at me which is how I will remember her X

Post a Comment

About this Blog

I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.


Adriana Shum

Copyright (c) 2001-2017 Adriana Shum.



All Rights Reserved.

Keep in Touch with Symi

Symi Accommodation Accommodation for the discerning traveller to Symi Island Greece.

Back to TOP