Vale William ‘Bill’ Wicks

13th Sep 2022

The Guyra community lost one of its most respected citizens earlier this month with the passing of William ‘Bill’ Wicks at the age of 90.  He passed away peacefully at the Guyra MPS on September 5 with family in attendance. 
Bill will always be remembered for his 18 years as principal at Guyra Central School. 
Students and staff alike benefited from his leadership, commitment to the learning of young people and his strong values of equality, empathy and integrity.  
The school’s gymnasium is named in his honour. 
Bill was a long-serving member of Guyra Rotary Club, filling all major roles for many years, and working tirelessly on club activities.  He was also president of the Guyra branch of the Jean Colvin Hospital and CanAssist for many years, assisting local people needing cancer treatment in Sydney. 
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Judy. They were named joint Guyra citizens of the year in 2003 for their contribution to the town. 
Bill and Judy had six children – Sue (dec), Ron, Sally, Wendy, Kath and Jim, 17 grandchildren and currently 16 great-grandchildren. 
A private family funeral was held on Monday for Bill, in-keeping with Judy’s wishes.  
She said he was a selfless and modest man who would not have wanted a large public service, despite his many achievements and the great respect in which the Guyra community held him. 
While his passing is a great loss to Guyra and his family, Judy said he will always be with her.