Obituary: Wendy Carol Mullan

Wendy Carol Mullan 1957 to 2022

It is with the most profound sadness that our family wants to inform her community that Wendy Mullan left us. Daughter of the late John and Patricia Mullan, Wendy was born in Vancouver in 1957 and in 1961 her family moved to Toronto. At eighteen, Wendy visited the island and like most of us fell in love with it and stayed. Long-time islanders might remember her as a beautiful young woman waitressing at The Harbour House or at the Kanaka restaurant. At the age of 23 she fell for a nomadic tree planter and (like she would say) made him her guy.

Together they raised a family while managing a silviculture company. With her partner working all over the province and while taking care of her children at home, she managed with great effectiveness the office work and, before the prevalence of wireless phones, communications between the field and the outside world. In 1998 they sold their company and Wendy concentrated on her gardening business and her work at fabric stores.

She was kind, smart, funny and humble; late in life she would say that her only goal was to become a better person. She treated her clients’ gardens as her own and many of her customers became lifelong friends. She was a graceful artist that used a variety of mediums to express her inner sense of the beautiful and a master at “l’art du quotidien."

Left in sorrow are countless friends, her lifelong friend, partner and admirer Claud, daughters Gisele and Sandrine, son Emile, sister Kelly, grandfriends Kaleb, Cohen and Levi and grandchildren Ada, Maeve and Hugh who in his great 8-year-old wisdom knows that “she is still here, we just can’t see her.” She will be forever missed and gladly remembered.

The family wants to express its gratitude to all the health workers involved with Wendy for their dedication and professionalism, and her friends for the love they showed daily during this difficult journey.

If you want to honour her memory, please donate on her behalf to our hospice on Salt Spring or the Victoria Hospice where Wendy spent her last days.

September 22, 2022 2:00 PM

  • Anne Beaumont says:

    So terribly sorry and sad to read this. Wendy was such a special person. I will miss seeing her. Heartfelt condolences to Claud, Emile, Gisele and all the family.

  • Michael says:

    Claude and family. This is very sad news, please accept my heartfelt condolences. Our physical selves are slipping away but memories of Wendy help keep her spirit alive. Michael.

  • Gwen McDonald says:

    Dear Claud and family, I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. It is hard to even imagine Salt Spring island without Wendy's gentle presence. I was fortunate enough to have been one of Wendy's garden clients and so have her "footprint" forever in my garden. She had an amazing eye for exactly what was needed, and never ceased to amaze me with her vision and the way in which she was able to take a small empty space and turn it into something beautiful. She was a harvester of rocks, and used them so well in her landscaping. She will be sorely missed on this island. I send my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
    Sent with love
    Gwen