We are sorry to have to report that Hedy Williams, the Secretary for CICADA, and the editor of our Resound magazine, died on March 10th after a short illness at the age of 64.
Hedy was born with a hearing loss and lived all her life in the Manchester area. She was born in the Audenshaw area and her hearing problems caused her difficulty at school as she was unable to follow lessons and her behaviour was misunderstood. But she always excelled at art which led to her first job in a drawing office, where she first met Kevin, who was an apprentice there. Kevin and Hedy married in 1974 and set up home in Bredbury. Kevin and Hedy had one daughter, Paula.
For many years Hedy was self-employed and ran her own desk top publishing business, and later Hedy and Kevin set up their own contracting and publishing company which they ran until their retirement. This stood Hedy in good stead when she became Editor of Resound.
Hedy’s hearing deteriorated and she became profoundly deaf. This led to her having a cochlear implant about fourteen years ago. When Cochlear Implants were beginning to be performed at Manchester, one of the pioneers of the operation, Professor Ramsden and a patient of his, Laurie Cleary set up our Manchester Cicada club and Hedy was actively involved in both the process of getting charitable status and also helping to run the new charity both as an EC member and later Secretary, she also acted as the Editor of NADP’s journal, Network.
Hedy trained at university as a lip-reading teacher and gained her certificate in 2009, after which she taught classes in Stockport for a couple of years. She was also Trustees of NADP from 2011 until 2014.
Hedy was always a caring and loving person. She had a good sense of humour and a droll wit. She was very independent over the years despite her hearing loss. She was also a good cook and loved experimenting. She will be greatly missed by all of us who had the honour of knowing her and working with her.