A tribute to Edmund Capon (1940 – 2019)

It is with great sadness that renowned art scholar, former Art Gallery of NSW director and treasured friend and tour escort of World Expeditions, Edmund Capon passed away on Sunday, March 17, after a year-long battle with melanoma. Our deepest condolences and sympathies go out to Edmund’s wife Joanna, and his family.

In life you lead, you follow or get out of the way – and anyone who new Edmund would know he was always found at the front – living life to the fullest extent and with a flair that won the hearts and minds of everyone he came in contact with.

We first came to know Edmund through associates in the art world. With his flair for inspiring people with his incredible knowledge of Chinese art, it only made sense to have Edmund escort a tour to China to bring to life the antiquities, crafts and sites of this ancient land. He thoroughly enjoyed guiding our trips and went on to lead many more in different areas of China and along the Silk Route between 2014-2017. We have always admired Edmund's keen sense of humour and calm demeanour; no matter what the circumstances.

Those in World Expeditions are fortunate to have known Edmund, whether on one of his special tours, attending his inspirational and entertaining presentations in our Sydney office or in the course of life generally will have their own memories. Today we pay tribute to this gentleman, his wit, his warmth and his uncanny generosity of time and attention to whomever he came in contact with. The sparkle in Edmund’s eyes evoked all of these wonderful traits.

Edmund you will always be remembered by your friends and travellers at World Expeditions.

Edmund Capon AM, OBE (11 June 1940 – 17 March 2019)

guides, staff

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