Wendy's Memory Will Live On
Category: General News
It is with heavy hearts that we record the death last month (Thursday 26 April 2012) of Wendy-Jane King, editor of the ‘Where to Ski & Snowboard” site and a key member of the WTSS editorial team.
Wendy had been fighting cancer for over a year, and happily was fit enough to enjoy lots of skiing this season, as her enthusiastic blogs on this site testify.Only recently, she was posting news, as usual. But she took a downward turn and passed away peacefully on Thursday 26 April 2012 .
Recent Chair of Snowsport England, Barry Spouge said, "Wendy was a very dear person, I had many dealings with her regarding prizes for the Piste magazine, I am sure many people within SSE either purchase or see the guide at some point each year. Many use it for checking out ski resorts when looking for their annual ski holiday.They were also great supporters of SSE."
Wendy loved skiing, and loved “Where to Ski and Snowboard”. Working on it was her dream job. So she lived her dream, and it’s not everyone who can say that. Right up to the end, her appetite for work was fierce, provided that work was on the book or the website that she loved. Or on the apps being developed, to which she has made an enormous contribution.
Wendy took a degree in English and translated literature, and loved writing, and learning how to improve her writing. She was a keen outdoors person, and did a lot of summer hill-walking and climbing as well as skiing. As well as exploring the UK and Europe, she hiked in Nepal, the USA and Australia.
Before long, we are going to have to think about how to replace an exceptionally dedicated and resourceful member of our team. Right now, our thoughts are filled with memories of Wendy, and with an angry sadness at the loss of her. Our condolences go in particular to her partner Stewart, who shared so many of her adventures.
This comes as we are in the first few days of the annual cycle of work on the new edition of “Where to Ski and Snowboard”. We will strive to make it the best yet, and dedicate it to her memory.
27 April 2012
Photo caption:The start of Wendy's last season, with the rest of the team in December. She's 3rd from the left, behind kneeling Ian