Hedy Williams

Hedy Williams 1951-2016

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  2016 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 Audenshaw and her hearing problems caused her difficulty at school as she was unable to follow lessons, 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 with Professor Ramsden

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.

3 thoughts on “Hedy Williams

  1. Lovely lady who made me feel so welcome at my first Cicada meeting . She was the only person I have met so far who has a Med el rondo implant like me and I think that allowed for a huge connection , I will miss her presence.

  2. I am a great admirer of what Hedy achieved, regardless of her hearing difficulties.She will be greatly missed for her expertise , diligence and dedication in everything she attempted.

  3. It was lovley to meet Hedy, she will be greatly missed.
    It’s a shame I can’t attend meetings more often to chat and keep in touch.
    Interesting to read a brief life story.
    With reference to the above post. I also have a Med El Rondo.

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