It is with much sadness that we have to inform you that Shirley Salzedo passed away peacefully earlier this month. You may recognise Shirley as our guest blogger, which she has been doing since 2016.
Shirley was known to her friends at Sandpipers as ‘Shirgles’ as this was a nickname from her school days with her close friend Sharon. Shirley had a very infectious giggle that would fill everyone in her company with joy and happiness.
Shirley and Sharon had been very close friends for over 47 years and enjoyed several holidays at Sandpipers together. They both loved making magical music whilst staying at Sandpipers and Shirley had been Sharon’s accompanist since they first started performing together at Secondary School. Shirley rehearsed with both Sharon and Revitalise guest Oliver during her last holiday at Sandpipers in August, and produced a very special concert of songs that Shirley called Music, My Greatest Therapy in Life.
Over the years at Sandpipers, Shirley enjoyed some lovely trips out including Blackpool Ballroom, Liverpool, Chester Zoo, Lake Windermere, concerts at Southport Botanic Gardens and much more.
In particular, we know that Shirley loved sitting outside overlooking the lake and Chef Eugene’s Tiramisu!
There was never a dull moment with Shirley and her infectious zest for life and beautiful smile will continue to live on in all of her friends hearts. Rest in peace Shirley, thank you for sharing your love of music with us.
‘May your soul have the gift of music,
may your heart be inspired with song,
may the echoes remain in your memory,
like a friendship that lasts your whole life long.
When your joy is the joy of music,
all the magical sounds you hear,
everyday that you spend with music,
is the best day, the best new day of the year.
Just the best day, the most special day of the year.’
~ John Rutter’s ‘The Gift of Music’
All of Shirley’s holidays at Revitalise Sandpipers would not have been possible without the kind generosity and support of Help Musicians UK.