1957 ~ 2022
It is with the most profound sadness that our family wants to inform her community that Wendy Mullan left us. Daughter of the late John and Patricia Mullan, Wendy was born in Vancouver in 1957 and in 1961 her family moved to Toronto. At eighteen, Wendy visited the island and like most of us fell in love with it and stayed. Long time islanders might remember her as a beautiful young woman waitressing at The Harbour House or at the Kanaka restaurant. At the age of 23 she fell for a nomadic tree planter and (like she would say) made him her guy.
Together they raised a family while managing a silviculture company. With her partner working all over the province and while taking care of her children at home she managed with great effectiveness the office work and, before the prevalence of wireless phones, communications between the field and the outside world. In 1998 they sold their company and Wendy concentrated on her gardening business and her work at fabric stores.
She was kind, smart, funny and humble; late in life she would say that her only goal was to become a better person. She treated her clients’ gardens as her own and many of her customers became lifelong friends. She was a graceful artist that used a variety of mediums to express her inner sense of the beautiful and a master at “l’art du quotidien”.
Left in sorrow are countless friends, her lifelong friend, partner and admirer Claud, daughters Gisele and Sandrine, son Emile, sister Kelly, grandfriends Kaleb, Cohen and Levi and grandchildren Ada, Maeve and Hugh who in his great 8-year-old wisdom knows that “she is still here, we just can’t see her”. She will be forever missed and gladly remembered.
The family wants to express its gratitude to all the health workers involved with Wendy for their dedication and professionalism, and her friends for the love they showed daily during this difficult journey.
If you want to honor her memory, please donate on her behalf to our hospice on Salt Spring or the Victoria Hospice where Wendy spent her last days.