Warwick Mayne-Wilson – a Tribute

Vale Warwick Mayne-Wilson

 It is with a heavy heart that we pass on the news of Warwick Mayne – Wilson`s passing on 25 April 2021.

Warwick was our immediate past president of U3A Eastern Region and he received news that his cancer had returned only a few months ago. He died peacefully in St Vincent`s Hospital after being admitted with bronchitis that developed into pneumonia. He was 84 years old.

Warwick was a warm and genuine person, a gentleman, a diplomat and a landscape architect. He spoke about his two careers in U3A sessions that enthralled us – what a contrast! What a positive example of reinventing oneself to have a fulfilling life. We knew Warwick as U3A president of the Eastern Region, a position he accepted when he was over 80. He was steady and reliable, a good communicator and a significant contributor to East`s program of talks.  He was the one who introduced us to speakers on great gardens of the world, our harbour heritage, the role of conservation, the National Trust, the role of national parks, the making of Barangaroo….

‘I thank Warwick for inviting me to be an Assistant Course Coordinator on the Eastern committee’ said Mary Healy-North. ‘I appreciate his invitation very much to this day. It is a great way to contribute to U3A Eastern. Warwick and I quickly became friends. He came to my first U3A Eastern music appreciation presentation; he commented – it was a small but keen group. I remember having coffee with Warwick and our great talks’.

Warwick personified continuous learning and contribution; he regularly attended the film discussion group as well as numerous U3A presentations. He was always gracious and if things ever got him down, he admitted it, had a glass of red wine and told himself ‘tomorrow is a new day’.  He will, indeed, be missed.

A celebration of Warwick`s life is being held at The Nielsen, Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse on Thursday 6 May 2021 from 2.30 – 4.30pm.

If you would like to attend please go to www.picaluna.com Ceremony RSVP`s or call 9191 5006.

David Rosenwax, Sandra See, Jo Daly, Mary Healy- North, Garry Glass

U3A Eastern Region Committee