by Amy Henderson of Out in Perth
Perth’s gay and lesbian community has been saddened by the loss of local social scene writer and beloved personality Holly Wood, who died last night after a long battle with cancer.
The 69-year-old, affectionately called ‘Holly’ was well known and respected for his work with Perth charities and his contribution to the media. He was named City of Perth Citizen of the Year in 1999, and awarded the Centenary Medal.
He was a champion for the less fortunate and a friend to all. Always willing to support a worthwhile cause, he volunteered and committed his time to many organisations and charities over the years.
Holly Wood was one of the founding members of the WA AIDS Council and has continued to support the organisation over the last 24 years. Last year WAAC honoured his contribution with a Life Membership.
“Holly will be greatly missed by all of us here at the AIDS Council,” WAAC executive director Trish Langdon said.
“Not only was Holly a vibrant, colourful member of the community, he was a very gentle and humble man. His loss will be felt by those of us who knew and loved him. Our deepest sympathy goes to his many friends, colleagues and family.”