UKWA Honorary Life Member Greta Plowman – 1919 to 2020

Greta Plowman of Sea Urchin W1981, died of old age very peacefully on Tuesday 5th May at St Audrey’s Care Home, just six days short of her 101st birthday! She was a wonderful woman who with her husband Piers, sailed their self-made wooden Wayfarer, firstly along the canals of England, then around the tricky parts of the coasts of England and Wales, then across the Channel and up the North Sea coast, and finally across the Baltic to Poland.

Though none of her family were able with her when she died, she was not alone. Her kind carers were helping her open an early birthday present from her younger brother. They turned away for a moment, and turned back to find she had gone – without a sound or a stir. She died with sunshine streaming in through her window and transparent new beech leaves unfurling outside.

Her burial, on Thursday 21st May, will be at a green woodland cemetery in the Chilterns, attended by only some of her extensive family.

We would ask you not to send flowers, as her burial will be very simple, with flowers from her family’s own gardens.

However if you wish to make a donation to charity, there are these two charities:

  • Medicins Sans Frontieres
  • World Wildlife Fund

We are sure that Greta would prioritise these two from the many she supported, for the crucial work that they carry out around the world, caring for humanity and for the environment.

-Judith Plowman