The passing of a beautiful, loving, kind and generous lady.

It is with a heavy heart that I write this very belated post, after the passing of my cherished and much loved wife Sonia. She passed away peacefully on the 4/11/2017 at the Newcastle Mater Hospice, surrounded by close family.

I know that I (Mr OZ) as Sonia referred to me in this blog, could never do justice to this wonderful lady, but I felt there should be something added to this amazing Blog, and to include a small tribute to my loverly wife. Thankyou also to the many followers of Sonia’s blog over the years.

Sonia was an inspiration to family and friends, as she stayed positive through this horrendous ordeal, coping with the crippling disease, the big “C” as she referred to it.

During the last 18 months of Sonia’s life, cancer caused her endless pain and suffering, however she always put on a brave face, continued to smile and never complained. She was/is a very, very tough lady with a heart of gold and was always thinking of others first before herself.

As many of you would have noticed Sonia was very passionate about photography. Her love and incredible flare in photography meant that her camera was never far from her grasp. This passion and eye for that perfect shot, ensured there were always an abundance of amazing images capturing all aspects of our adventures, whether at home or abroad. This passion was later put to use when she formulated and voluntarily ran a beginners digital photography course for the U3A. Many of her students commented to me about her easy to understand teaching method, expert knowledge of the subject and patience with assisting everyone in the class. Sonia also took on the role of web master for the local U3A and did an excellent job of giving it a fresh new look and keeping it up to date with activities over several years.

There are many many wonderful things I could write about Sonia, that it would take copious reams of paper (or many pages of digital text). She had many hobbies and interests, but her family always came first. Her grandchildren were extra special and always brought a smile to her face. Her daughters, sisters and their families meant the world to her. Sonia has been a wonderful loving and caring wife to me, that we often said we could imagine sitting in rocking chairs together, chatting away the hours in our old age. I miss Sonia immensely, as do her family and friends. Sonia you will always be in our hearts and minds. Bless you Sonia.

Signed. Mr OZ  (Not actually my real name as I preferred to stay anonymous)



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My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so when the chance came up to retire early, in order to travel, I took it! It made sense then to marry the two (travel and photography) and create this blog. I hope you enjoy it :)
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9 Responses to The passing of a beautiful, loving, kind and generous lady.

  1. Thank you, Mr Oz. A beautiful tribute for a beautiful and painfully missed woman. Forever in our hearts. Xxx


  2. Bevlea says:

    So sorry Sonia lost her fight.. her blog was witty and fun to read and I enjoyed followng her travels. Thankyou for the update.. belated.. yeah, I get that.. it would be so hard to write now.. let alone fresh from her passing… thinking of you and your family.. and sonia… life is never fair

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  3. You have celebrated Sonia’s life beautifully here which speaks volumes to what an incredible woman she was. You are blessed to have been a part of her life as she was blessed to have you in hers. With Love, Lisa

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing your sad news with us, Sonia’s blogging community. Stay safe and take comfort in the memory of a wonderful woman.

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  5. manuela says:

    A lovely and heartfelt tribute, Mr Oz. Sonia would be very proud.

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  6. Thank you for letting the blogging community know of your loss because it is our loss as well. Prayers for strength as you and your family transition through the grief and loss.

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  7. de Wets Wild says:

    Our hearts go out to you and your family, Mr. Oz.

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  8. Thank you Mr Oz, for writing such a beautiful message. I imagine it must have been very difficult to write, as it set me off with tears again… She was just an angel and I miss her painfully everyday x

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  9. RuthsArc says:

    Thank you for letting us know. I enjoyed Sonia’s blog and photos. Thoughts with you and family.

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