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He was a nice man.
Dr Ian Wilson, founder and chairman of Wexas, passed away on Friday 20th November 2020, just after his 77th birthday, following a cancer diagnosis and sudden complications from resulting surgery.
Given Ian’s indomitable spirit, recent medical assessments were for him, when we last spoke, summarily dismissed, surmountable details. In his optimism, penned to pragmatism, there never was a problem he couldn’t overcome, in the knowledge that he’d seen them all before, and was rarely defeated. Not in his twenties, not in his seventies. That takes a certain amount of confidence. To be fair, that confidence needed talent and will to give it impetus.
Ian had impetus enough. To abandon a gilt-edged, secure and predictable future for an uncertain toss of the dice on founding a travel company, is testament to his maverick genius. Shortly after graduating from Oxford, Ian was set on a trajectory of London glamour, an account executive in advertising, destined for life of assured ease. Yet, out of some stubbornness and an acknowledgement of the appeal of a wider world, he founded Wexas Travel in the early Seventies, on the basis of a bet. One summer evening, he set his fellow lodger Richard a challenge: that if he started a travel club, it would be more successful than the student travel operation Richard had started at Oxford and was still running.
Read on The Guardian
Nice man (1967-2021)
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