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Sylvia Shaw

Sylvia Mae Shaw

Friday, May 20th, 1927 - Monday, September 28th, 2020
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It is with great sadness that the family of the late Sylvia Mae (Matheson) Shaw, 93, of Lunenburg, announces her passing on Monday, September 28, 2020 at Heart to Heart Home Care in Marriott’s Cove.

Born in Stellarton, Sylvia was the daughter of the late James and Ruby (Fleck) Matheson.

Sylvia received her early education in Stellarton and following the war went on to achieve her B.A. and B.Ed. certificate from Acadia University, Wolfville. She started her teaching career in Liverpool and Dartmouth and then went on to teach for many years at Centre Consolidated School until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

She was a faithful member of Central United Church, Lunenburg, where she was Clerk of Session, served as a member of Unit 2 of the U.C.W and sang in the choir, which nurtured her life-long passion for singing and music. A sports enthusiast in her earlier years she played softball and hockey and was Past President of the Ladies Division of the Bluenose Golf Club.

Over the years, Sylvia was involved in CGIT for the School for the Blind in Halifax and for 30 years volunteered with the Pastoral Care Team for Harbour View Haven Home for Special Care, Lunenburg.

Sylvia is survived by her daughters, Dianne Shaw MacAdam, Halifax; Katherine Claire Shaw Beckwith, Blockhouse; son, Robert (Anne) Shaw, Bedford; grandchildren, Connor, Bhreagh, Karen, Wendy and great-grandchildren, Emma, Sadie, Hunter, Aidan, Seth, Benjamin, James and Peter.

Besides her parents, Sylvia was predeceased by her husband, Capt. Charles Alfred Shaw and brothers, Donald, John and Harry and son-in-law, Charles “Skip” Beckwith.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213, Hwy. # 3, Lunenburg. A graveside memorial service to celebrate Sylvia’s life will be held Saturday, Oct 3, at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg, Rev. Grace Caines-Corkum officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central United Church, Lunenburg or Harbour View Haven Home for Special Care Lunenburg. Online condolences may be made through
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    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 2:00pm
    Hillcrest Cemetery
    A graveside memorial service to celebrate Sylvia’s life will be held Saturday, Oct 3, at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg, Rev. Grace Caines-Corkum officiating.
    Rev. Grace Caines- Corkum


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Cathy Conrad

Posted at 08:39pm
Sylvia was such an important part of my mother’s life, they were the greatest golfing buddy’s! I’m sorry to hear of her passing. My sincere condolences to Sylvia’s entire family!

Beverley Frauzel

Posted at 10:11am
Bob, Kathy Claire and Diane,
As I'm sure you all know Sylvia would have loved her service - if it couldn't be in her church outside would be fine with her. She did love all the seasons and, like everybody else, would complain here and there through each of them. So nice to meet you Bob, so good to see you Kathy Claire and even though we didn't get to talk long I was delighted to hear you don't have to fight with wood anymore for heat, sorry I didn't get to see Diane but I had a previous commitment at 3:30 so I was just glad I was able to make the service. Sylvia was a wonderful gal, we had many good laughs together over the years and I will always cherish our friendship.
Sincere condolences to all of you.


Posted at 07:49pm
Mrs. Shaw was a teacher who left an indelible mark. She had high expectations, wanting her students to be successful. She taught us that what you put in, you get out. She led her life that way - her many contributions gave lots to others. Thanks Mrs.Shaw!

Paula (Gerhardt) Baker

Dave Pottie

Posted at 01:05pm
I was a student of Sylvia’s in Liverpool and an administrator during part of the time she taught in Lunenburg county. I have good memories of her in both roles. My condolences to her family.

Dave Pottie

Sharon Labrecque

Posted at 09:24am
My sincere condolences to Diane and family. Cherish the memories and special times you’ve shared together. You are all a part of her legacy and I’m sure she was proud of you all.
Sharon (Knickle) Labrecque

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