Gina Wilson, who was Chair of the Friends from 2010 to 2014, died on 4 February 2018. Those of you who remember her will find it hard to believe that someone with so much life and energy is no longer with us.

Gina grew up in Maryland and attended the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband John ran John Wilson Manuscripts Ltd and moved to Cheltenham from Oxfordshire in 1996. As well as chairing the Friends she was a trustee of the Holst Birthplace Museum and a committee member of the Cheltenham Music Festival Society.

Gina led the Friends through the period when the art gallery and museum were closed for redevelopment. She was a trustee of the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Development Trust and in 2014 she received a well-deserved award from Cheltenham Arts Council for her contribution as Chair.

Friends who wish to post memories of Gina or messages of condolence on this page can do so by clicking on “Leave a comment” above.

8 thoughts on “GINA WILSON”

  1. Having first met Gina in London many years ago, it was a great pleasure to find her having moved to Cheltenham, where she rapidly made a difference. Her unassuming elegance and quick humour were a disguise for her commitment: she was a force for good. RIP

  2. I am very sorry and sad to hear the news about Gina. I didn’t know her well but it was always a pleasure to meet her. She gave me helpful advice on how to store and preserve a family letter I have dated 1771. Condolences to John.

  3. I first knew Gina as a Trustee of the Holst Birthplace Museum when I joined as a volunteer over ten years ago. She was inspirational and very effective at getting things done with her easy charm and good humour.

    It was always a great pleasure to meet her at both Holst and Wilson events. She will be greatly missed.

    My husband Dave and I send our condolences to John on his loss.

  4. Gina Wilson was a supremely accomplished woman and wonderful friend to so many of us! She sparkled in social gatherings, was enormously effective as a colleague on very board she served on, seemed in every way a wonderful business partner and wife to dear John, as well as devoted grandmother. Gina was a gracious hostess and inspired cook, always smiling, always with a twinkle in her eye. We, her friends, shared these values with her, but most especially, her a deep love and commitment to music and art. For me, it was a privilege to sit with her on the board of the Holst Birthplace Trust and to be a guest in her home. I will miss her greatly, but remember her with deep affection and admiration.

    David (Goode) and I send our love and heartfelt condolences to John.

  5. A Memorial Concert to celebrate Gina’s life will be held on Sunday 22 April 2018 at 4.00 pm at Pittville Pump Room. This is a free, semi-informal event and all those who remember Gina will be very welcome. If you are in touch with any Friends who are not online, please pass this message on to them.

  6. We met Gina and John several years ago now on a Nile Cruise. We shared a table. She was a joy to be with. Her keen sense of humour contributed to a very happy holiday. It is difficult to believe that someone with such a zest for life is no longer with us. Our condolences to John and his family.

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