September 27, 1950 – November 12, 2018
Marina Wilson, 68, of Longwood, FL, passed away November 12, 2018. She was born in Manchester, England on September 27, 1950. She was married to Robert Wilson on April 22, 1972 in Omagh, Northern Ireland.
Subsequent to her high school education and vocational training in hair styling at a college in Manchester, England, Marina eventually opened her own salon in the English Potteries area. In 1974 she immigrated with her husband to Canada, settling in Mississauga, Ontario, where she continued with hairdressing and also became interested in amateur dramatics, and her incredible ability for learning scripts led to several leading roles. After seven years of dealing with the Canadian winters the enlarged family relocated to Florida and eventually became US citizens. Marina totally embraced the Florida lifestyle, and lived in the Wekiva area in the same house until her untimely death due to Alzheimer’s Disease. She contributed to the community through major amateur dramatic performances with the Bay Street Players in Eustis and the IceHouse Players in Mount Dora. Her hair styling talents were also well known in several hair salons that she owned and operated in Altamonte Springs and the surrounding area. She was very interested in travel, particularly on cruise ships, and her other passion was playing the Las Vegas slot machines where she was amazingly successful. Unfortunately, AD eventually caused her vibrant energy for life to be extinguished.
She was survived by her husband Robert Wilson. Daughters Rebecca Young, Sarah Wilson, and Donna Pollitt. Grandchildren Kayla Young, Tyler Young, John Williams and Jodi Williams.
In lieu of flowers, we would like to ask that donations be made to New Hope for Kids in Marina’s memory.
We started with romance,
That has flourished and grown,
And continued with love,
As good as is known.
The reason for our love,
Was definitely you.
I loved what you were,
I loved what you do.
You were a woman
With your very own style.
Your presence and being
Made my life worthwhile.
You were my friend
And my lover too.
You were my wife
And I’ll always love you.
Your loving husband, Bob.
- New Hope for Kids
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December 5, 2018
My friendship with Marina dates back almost 50 years to the early 70's when she came to Belfast to live with Bob in the house with the blue door in Ridgeway Street. Many enjoyable evenings were spent there with Marina, who was the perfect hostess, making everyone feel welcome and ensuring a plentiful supply of food and liquid refreshment was available. I was delighted to be invited to Bob and Marina's wedding in Omagh where the celebrating went on into the wee small hours.
On moving to the alien environment of Northern Ireland, Marina initially had some difficulties with our accents and I recall one occasion when I asked for a light trim of my hair only to receive a very tight buzz cut!
Our friendship grew following a trip my wife, Janet, and I made to Orlando in the late 80's. Marina kindly invited us to stay with her in her beautiful home for a period. Her advice and guidance on shopping, dining, places to visit and things to do were invaluable, and her generous hospitality ensured a memorable holiday.
Marina had high standards in her professional and personal life and I recall her politely complaining about how cold the air conditioning was in a certain restaurant while I just sat there shivering. Her complaint resulted in her receiving vouchers towards a return visit and she generously shared these with us.
Up until relatively recently we have happy memories of meeting Marina and Bob for walks, meals and chats. These were always fun occasions and Marina was excellent company and introduced us to a wide range of local restaurants and shopping malls!
Marina was a fun loving, vibrant and cheery person. She was generous, kind and thoughtful, a lovely person to be around and to have as a friend. Tragically her life was cut short all too soon. We'll miss her greatly. Our thoughts at this sad time are with Bob, Becky, Brandon, Kayla and Tyler.
December 3, 2018
I knew Marina in the 1970s when Bob and I were working for UK computer firm ICL. It was a young company and most of us were still in our 20s, so there was plenty of socialising outside of work. This was something at which Marina excelled, being a wonderful hostess at her frequent parties and great company at others. At one of Marina’s parties the idea was to bring a bottle of homemade wine – some were excellent.
At work we had a coffee club which had started with an Electric Kettle and some Instant Coffee. However it had soon become in great demand, not just from our own department, and had snowballed into quite a venture. A great variety of biscuits and other snacks had been added to the tea and coffee – all on a not for profit basis of course. The committee would spend some time trying to price items as close as possible to cost but just above rather than just below to allow continued investment.
As the owner of a business, Marina had access to large wholesale stores not open to the general public. She very kindly used her card to purchase all future coffee club supplies at greatly reduced prices. The items were usually delivered to site in her little green van. Although our part of ICL was very meritocratic, the older parts of the site were not and the Security Guards delighted in refusing entry to the Senior Management Car Park. However our end of the estate usually had the Gates wide open and Bob would approach at high speed in the little green van, turn sharply at the last minute to hurtle down the service road, and be out of the van with his load of supplies and safely up the back stairs before the panting Guards could catch up.
They were happy times which we thought would go on for ever but of course Bob and Marina emigrated to Canada and I didn’t stay with that part of the company for many more years either.
Bob had told me in recent years that Marina was unwell and it’s terribly sad that someone with such a vibrant personality has been taken far too young.
December 3, 2018
I first met Marina Wilson when she came to Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the early 1970s to live with her future husband, Bob. Bob and I were in the Computer Science Department of the university there, and together with my girlfriend and a number of other friends we shared many happy times over the next few years. I also stayed with Bob and Marina for a period in their flat in Ridgeway St, Belfast. With my father being the Registrar of Marriages in Omagh, a town not far from Belfast, Bob and Marina decided to get married there and by him - with myself as best man. It was a great occasion on a rare sunny day in Ireland with all our friends assembled. Later, Bob and Marina moved on from Belfast to England, Canada and eventually Florida, and I was fortunate enough to visit them on a number of occasions.
I was always struck by Marina’s vivacity, fun-loving ways and generosity of spirit. She was a delight to be around. On one occasion she organized a surprise birthday party for Bob, which involved all of us hiding away in their darkened flat before springing the surprise on a bewildered Bob. There was much merriment that evening. She must indeed have wondered what she let herself in for coming to Belfast, which in the early 70s was going through the worst of “The Troubles” – a nasty internecine conflict with bombs going off at regular intervals and civil atrocities on the news most days. On one occasion we were evacuated from the Ridgeway St flat at 2:00 in the morning as there was a bomb scare in an adjoining house. Despite the cold, the discomfort and the ungodly hour, Marina carried on an animated and joking conversation with the Army officer who was keeping the public away from the threatened house. She was intensely curious about what it was like to be a soldier in Belfast at that time. That was her – friendly, curious and fun-loving.
November 26, 2018
Since my auntie Marina lived abroad I only have a few memories of her but I remember them vividly. I remember that on her visits to England she would bring with her a suitcase full of American sweeties. I was never allowed to eat so much sugar, so for me it was like all my birthdays and Christmas’s had come at once. I have a very fond memory of Becky and I, sat on the stairs munching our way through the goodies listening to the adults downstairs.
Auntie Marina, I didn’t know you very well but I see beauty, strength, character and a good heart in your daughters, through whom you continue to shine through.
Sending all my love to my family near and far.
November 19, 2018
Marina I have always missed you and will carry on missing you for ever,you will never be forgotten and sadly missed but I will always remember you forever,good night beautiful , love Donna Xxxx
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