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Sylvia Booth

Sylvia Ann Booth

Wednesday, August 22nd, 1945 - Monday, September 14th, 2020
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Obituary

It is with profound sadness but deep gratitude that the family and many friends of Sylvia Ann Booth, 75, of Lunenburg announce her passing on Monday, September 14, 2020.

Born in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Sylvia was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Sereda) Shewchuk. However, it was at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia where she moved with her late husband Bill in 1979 to raise their family, that Sylvia left her indelible mark and legacy.

A beloved mother and G’ma, Sylvia was also a highly respected business counsellor and entrepreneur. Having studied psychology at college, she taught herself accounting to land a job as office manager for a fledgling neighbourhood business, Peninsula Farm, before going into business for herself. She became the first executive director of the Lunenburg Board of Trade, a position she held until her accounting business, New View Consulting, grew to a full-time enterprise. Even then she continued as the Board’s long time volunteer treasurer and was always available as a valued advisor on Board affairs. Meanwhile, long-time New View clients bragged of getting bonus psychological counselling with their accounting. In 2004, Sylvia’s diverse skills made her the ideal candidate for her “dream job” as regional business facilitator for Women in Business, an ACOA-funded initiative run through Mount Saint Vincent University. Traveling the length of the South Shore, she provided training, resources and support to women entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their businesses. Her sage advice, particularly to women juggling business aspirations and family, was invaluable. After six years in the role, she returned to New View full-time but her commitment to advocacy, support, safety and personal development for women never diminished. Sylvia’s passion for community was matched only by her belief in the value of service. She volunteered with so many organizations, the list is too long to include here. Suffice to say her efforts spanned the whole of the community and earned her many devoted friends who proved indispensable during her illness.

Sylvia is survived by her daughter Lisa (Nicolas) Bozek, Versailles, France; grandchildren Connor, Jaxon, Kaden, William and Louis; and sister Joan Bauer, Little Bear Lake, Saskatchewan.

She was predeceased by her husband Bill (senior) and son Bill (junior).

In lieu of flowers, Sylvia suggested donations be made to the Second Story
Women’s Center via this link, https://www.secondstory.ca/store/p13/DONATIONS.html

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy #3,
Lunenburg and from where a memorial service will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020. Interment will take place at a later date.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 |
    When
    Monday, September 21st, 2020
    Location
    Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home
    Address
    11213 Hwy. # 3
    LUNENBURG, NS B0J 2C0
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    Notes
    A private memorial service will be held for Sylvia.

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Donations are being accepted for: Second Story Women's Center.

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Peter and Linda Roe

Posted at 07:00am
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of this lovely, lady. It was good to have met her and to have spent a little time over the years. She was a good friend to many.
LS

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society

Posted at 12:25pm
The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society sends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sylvia. We will always be grateful for her time spent volunteering and working with our organization and her legacy will live with the many community members and friends who knew her.
SW

Sheila Woodcock

Posted at 09:04am
Another pillar of Lunenburg is gone forever, how very sad. Our lives and activities crossed over in so many situations, over the almost 20 years since we first met at a local Women in Business (WIB) meeting. I am proud to have been able to call her a friend, she was always there to help or to just listen when needed. Together we attended many of the annual WIB luncheons, she agreed to be my bookkeeper in the early days of my business; we counted cash together at Folk Harbour Festival, sometimes into the wee hours; she was a staple at the folk Art Festival; she held the Board of Trade together through some difficult times, never faltering; she had a way of recruiting you to a board or an activity, that made it very hard to refuse! Such a sweet kind and gentle person, we will all miss you dear Sylvia. Sincere condolences to the family.
PM

Peggie Graham & Beth Munroe

Posted at 08:24pm
When I look at the picture of Sylvia, I can almost hear her wonderful laugh. She had such a great sense of fun and could always see the ridiculous side of things. Sylvia volunteered and worked with me at Folk Harbour. She helped us set up a good, straightforward accounting system and was always available for questions and consults. I enjoyed the I time spent with her. She was so well-known and respected in this community and she will be sadly missed. My condolences to Lisa and all of Sylvia's family, her adored grandsons and her network of caring friends.
NB

Norm Bolen

Posted at 07:58pm
I worked with Sylvia many years ago when we were both employees at Valleyview Centre. She became a trusted advisor and friend. Sue always showed good judgement and never failed to encourage and support me. She will be missed by all whom she touched.
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