Former Age Care president Syd Weldon dies, aged 76

Syd Weldon.
Syd Weldon.
  • The Yorkshireman first got involved with the charity in 2001, and went on to set up drop-in centres in Calahonda, Fuengirola, Benalmádena and Coín

Foreign residents along the Costa del Sol were saddened by the news of the death of popular British expat Sydney Weldon, the former president of Age Care, who died on Thursday 18 February after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Known to his friends and associates as Syd, the 76-year-old Yorkshireman had been president of Age Care for almost seven years, before stepping down in 2020 due to failing health.

His involvement with the charity began in 2001, when his wife Carol became a volunteer. Syd originally began working in the charity’s second-hand shop, but was eventually elected onto the committee and soon saw its potential as a holistic association.

He developed the aims of Age Care with more emphasis on care and respite care for the elderly, sick and those in need, while maintaining the social activities that he considered were important to those who live on their own.

He helped set up drop-in centres in Calahonda, Fuengirola, Benalmádena and Coín, and, with a joint venture with Medicare, he helped found the charity’s Dementia Support Group.

Syd came to the Costa del Sol to enjoy his retirement from a professional golfing career in Yorkshire, joining Miraflores Golf Club, and serving several years as a committee member.

A spokesperson for Age Care said, “It can be safely said that Syd put the Care into Age Care. His compassion and forward thinking for the needs of others will be difficult to follow, but in this era of disruption, he has set strong foundations for us to continue his work. In that alone he will be sorely missed.”