Gill eased us into life in Maracaibo, introducing her friends who in turn became our friends, and kindly helped us settle into Edificio Anita as she and Tony transferred from Maracaibo to Caracas. Her Christmas cards and beautifully written letters full of news followed us over the years as she and Tony travelled from country to country, as did we, until we were finally reunited in England. Gill’s memory for people and dates was incredible, and we always had great fun catching up. She had such a cheerful disposition and lovely sense of humour and even after joining us on our sailing boat on the grey and slightly turbulent seas off Walton on the Naze, and feeling sea sick, still managed to smile. A more successful sailing trip took place around Dartmouth, along with a voyage and overnight stop in tiny Paignton harbour, though the facilites there for mariners left a little to be desired – Gill took it all in her stride and still smiled!
Chris and Peter Caswell