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Remembering Doctor Vyv Joy

Remembering Vyv Joy 1942-2023

Doctor Vyvyan Joy was born in Plymouth in 1942, living in Naval Quarters, as her father was the First Officer on HMS Edinburgh. The ship escorted merchant ships to Murmansk on Arctic Convoys. The ship was torpedoed, so Vyv never knew her father, which was always a great sadness for her. Her mother brought her up, but later married a man who Vyv said was the image of Captain Birdseye!

Vyv attended a convent boarding school in Bideford and as she was highly motivated and good at science went on to read Medicine at Bristol University. Vyv worked at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Maternity Hospital.  She married a fellow medical student and they had four children.

Vyv was a skilled cook and in later life still very much the matriarch of the family, she also adored her Labrador dogs.

Vyv was a committed Soroptimist and on the Membership Committee for several years and always supported events. She also opened her beautiful house and garden for outdoor fundraising events that the Bristol Club was involved with.

Vyv was sensitive and thoughtful and will be missed by the Bristol Club, close friends and family.