Willy Sydnor moved to Baltimore from Richmond, VA, in 1968, to work for Samuel Shapiro and Co., a custom house broker and freight forwarder, where she ultimately became an account representative. She notes that she was often dealing with longshoremen, whom she describes as "a rowdy group," but "great fun."
She has lived in the Baltimore City neighborhoods of Bolton Hill, Mt. Vernon, and Roland Park and recently reached the 35-year mark in her home near Wyman Park in Hampden.
Willy has travelled to much of Europe and Egypt, Cuba, and Russia, but recently had to cancel a planned trip to the Adriatic with Road Scholar. She hopes to take that trip in 2021. Coming from a musical family (her parents met at Westminster Choir College), Willy, a soprano, loves singing and looks forward to getting back to singing at Broadmead. As a person who enjoys being on her own, she also loves taking Osher Lifelong Learning classes, watching movies, cooking, and eating out. She socializes frequently with her "terrific" nieces and nephews.
Finally, Willy is an enthusiastic volunteer. She has visited Gilchrist Hospice for 22 years as a bereavement volunteer. At WBJC she stuffs envelopes and does other odd jobs. She works with Baltimore Heritage on behind the scenes tours and speaks glowingly of some of her favorite places to visit: Green Mount Cemetery, the Ashburton Water Treatment plant, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Stoop Stories.