We thought Jimmy Lyons was joking when he suggested we should go to Roses for our annual sun holiday abroad. We always associated Roses as beautiful flowers one received on a birthday or anniversary (if you were so lucky!) Little did we know that there was also a beautiful little town called “Roses” tucked away on the Costa Brava in north eastern Spain.
After the usual problem of keeping our luggage within the required limits, 60 members of the Active Retirement group headed off in the early hours of the morning on Sept. 16th last. However, our spirits were dampened as we were travelling for the first time without two of our loyal and valued members, Jimmy and Sheila Lyons, as Sheila was awaiting a serious operation
The Victoria Hotel was situated in a perfect location on a beautiful beach. The place lived up to all our expectations. The glorious sunny days were filled by long walks on the prom, trips to various places of interest by boat, bus or the local Roses express train and the inevitable shopping for that something “different” . The sea was perfect for swimming .Even those who previously feared the water, ventured in. Aching limbs were soon forgotten as the group of us splashed away in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. After dinner, we danced under the balmy night sky.
We were very saddened when we got the news that Sheila hadn’t survived her operation and had passed away. Our hearts went out to her beloved husband, Jimmy. In little clusters, we cried and talked, questioned and reminisced about the good times and the many lovely trips we shared down through the years.
We hoped we would be home in time to say our good-byes and so we were. It was a sad home-coming. Sheila will be fondly remembered by us all in the Active Retirement group. May she rest in peace.