A photograph of the late Paul Wilcox with wife Victoria taken during happier times on their honeymoon 25 years ago.
A photograph of the late Paul Wilcox with wife Victoria taken during happier times on their honeymoon 25 years ago. Contributed

Friends rally behind widow as shark victim farewelled

FAMILY and friends have rallied around the widow of shark attack victim, Paul Wilcox, who was farewelled on Tuesday at a memorial service at Wategos Beach.

Family friend, Jodie Molloy said a pod of dolphins jumped out of the water during the service: "a sign telling us that his spirit lives on in the Bay, it was a very special moment".

Mr Wilcox's widow, Victoria, yesterday thanked the community for their support following her husband's shocking death after being attacked by a shark at Clarkes Beach last Tuesday.

"She would like us to know that she doesn't blame the shark, the ocean or the town; she believes that the beach is a health giver and that Paul died doing something he loved," Ms Molloy said.

Mrs Wilcox also corrected previous reports that she had watched her husband be attacked by the shark.

"Victoria was with a friend and Paul never made it to their meeting place, which wasn't like him," Ms Molloy said.

"Her friend suggested they go look for him and when Victoria saw the police and ambulance cars on the sand, she said she just knew it was Paul."

Ms Molloy said Victoria had already been back in the water for a swim since the attack happened.

"She is trying to get back into her routine; back into the healthy lifestyle that drew them to Byron Bay in the first place.

However, Mrs Wilcox could no longer face living in the Rosebank home the couple shared, Ms Molloy said, with friends now trying to secure a new home for her.

To help Victoria on her journey to adapting to Byron life without Paul, and finding a new home, her family and friends have set up a PayPal account, Ms Molloy said.

If you would like to help, Victoria Wilcox login to PayPal and type in the ID: paulmemorial1@gmail.com 


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