Monday, 27 September 2021

Dorothy Vera Gyselynck, 1914 - 2016

ONE of Henley’s oldest residents, Dorothy Vera Gyselynck, has died aged 102.

ONE of Henley’s oldest residents, Dorothy Vera Gyselynck, has died aged 102.

Known to everyone as Vera, she and her husband Tony, who died in 2008, moved to Cromwell Road in 1954, after he started a new job as a Flight Engineer with the British Overseas Airways Corporation.

Tony built their first boat in 1958, and this led to their joint lifelong interest in the Thames.

They became members of the Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club at Sonning and Vera participated in many local groups and societies.

These included Harpsden Women’s Institute, the Townswomen’s Guild, the Townlands Hospital League of Friends, Henley Decorative and Fine Arts Society, local choirs, plus volunteer driving and visiting.



Vera was personal assistant to cartoonist Sir Osbert Lancaster and also worked at The Henley College. When Tony set up Wycombe Air Centre at Booker airfield in 1967 she administered all the instructional and aircraft records.

She was well known to student pilots training there for the next three decades.

Vera and her husband were active members of Phyllis Court Club and in latter years the couple moved to Rupert Close.

She was a recent supporter of the River and Rowing Museum’s appeal to fund a permanent John Piper gallery.

Her older son, Michael, was a keen collector of Piper’s works and indeed his collection was exhibited there in 2012.

He died in 2002 but Vera is survived by her second son Richard, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.



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