It is with great sadness and heartache that we have to report that at lunchtime on Tuesday 18th July, Josie Wilson passed away peacefully after a short illness, surrounded by her family.
Josie was one of our most active walk leaders. Virtually everyone in the group will at some time have been on a walk led by Josie. She was tremendously enthusiastic about rambling in general and Worcester Ramblers in particular.
She was always the first to offer to lead a walk or take part in something that enhanced and promoted the group.
One of her last contributions was to lead the longer walk at the area Walking Weekend at Hanbury Hall on 1st July, with its aim to attract new members to rambling. She was keen to upskill all our walk leaders, including putting on a series of recce walks, once a month, throughout the year. Her last walk was on the 4th July on Kempsey Common, which also offered navigation help and guidance.
It’s hard to believe that this was a little over 2 weeks ago.
She was instrumental in the creation of a walk leaders task force, again to promote walk leading and consistent leading skills and within this role, became a committee member. She took part in a number of group weekends and holidays always offering her walk leading abilities for the benefit of the wider group. Together with Heather, Josie planned and organised this year's trail walk, the Cotswold Way, a trail she will now never complete.
Josie was a lovely gentle lady who achieved a great deal for the group in a quiet and unassuming way.
Her family told us that Josie loved walking and how much she loved the group too; she appreciated the support she received from us. She had so many giggles with us and her family loved seeing her enjoying herself so much.
Her death was sudden and tragic. She will be sorely missed by us all.
If you want to do something in Josie’s memory, pick up a map, plot a route and lead a walk.
A celebration service for Josie Wilson's life is to take place on Wednesday 9th August at 11:30 - 12:45 at St Paul's Church, St Paul's Street, Worcester WR1 2BH. As parking is limited they recommend using one of the city centre car parks. The family has asked that in honour of Josie please feel free to wear something bright