Sylvia M. Pomroy

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Sylvia M. Pomroy

January 06, 2019

Bangor Sylvia Jean (Lewis) McCarthy Pomroy, 86, passed away peacefully, at home, January 6, 2019.
She was born in Brewer in 1932, the daughter of William J. and Rose Esther (DesJardins) Lewis.
Sylvia attended Bangor area schools leaving Bangor High in 1950. In 1966 she obtained her GED of which she was very proud. High School is where she developed her love of music and singing. She sang professionally during the 60's and 70's with many local bands and musicians, performing at Miller's Restaurant, the NCO and Officers clubs at Dow AFB and numerous other venues and events. In later years, she enjoyed singing baritone with The River City Harmonizers and continued until her passing. In September of 1950 she married Robert J. McCarthy, with whom she had her four children.
She lived all but 11 years of her life in the family home in Bangor, where she raised her children as a single parent.
In 1961 she became owner of "The Pub" in downtown Bangor where you could get a .25 cent draft, a "Pubbie" sandwich, her famous homemade chili and pickled eggs! The Pub was a place where people came for some company and left feeling like family. Many of these people became lifelong friends of Sylvia's. In June of 1968 she married her second husband, Roger S. Pomroy of Brewer, and they continued operating The Pub together until 1971. In 1972 she opened Sylvia's Resale Shop in Brewer, one of the first of it's kind in the area. She operated a unique and successful business for over 35 years. Sylvia's provided generations of families with one of a kind clothing and accessories. The Vintage and Halloween departments were especially popular with all ages. To this day, Sylvia and her shop are fondly remembered by many. Sylvia was a longtime member of Zonta International, a professional woman's organization and was the oldest member of the Bangor chapter. She was proud of her international travels with Zonta , especially her trip to Paris and also looked forward each fall to participating in the Zonta Marketplace. Sylvia was a woman ahead of her time. Being a single mother raising four children, gave her a sense of independence, pride and accomplishment. She practiced transcendental meditation and metaphysics throughout her life.
Surviving are a brother, Bernard Lewis of Virginia; daughters, Sue Thompson with her children, Laurie Williams and Jimmy Michaud; Jacqueline Haney and husband, Michael, and their children, Sabrina Ullmann and husband, Cliff, Hannah Watkins and husband, Jack, Brandon Haney and wife, Hilary, and Emily Zelinski and husband, Jason; sons, Thomas McCarthy and wife, Michelle, and their daughter Madison; Patrick McCarthy and companion, Delia Hammond; great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Tyler, Dakota, Isaac, Elliot, Sammy, Sylvia, Nate, Mary, Iris, Jake and Ellie. All of whom she was so very proud. Throughout her life she enjoyed her trips to the coast with friends, her visits with family in Florida, the occasional round of golf, bowling on several local leagues, listening to her favorite tunes and belting them out at the top of her lungs, working in her garden, but most of all her time spent with family at "High Point", on Springy Pond, built by her Dad, Bill in 1947.
A gathering for family and friends will take place from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor, ME. A Service of Remembrance will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019, at The Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main Street, Orono, ME. A reception will follow in the fellowship room. In memory of Sylvia, donations may be made to The Zonta Club of Bangor, P.O. Box 1904, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.
A long life well lived, Syl. We will surely miss you.
Published on January 11, 2019
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Garth Cormier
Jan 14, 2019
What fond memories I have of Sylvia singing at our home rehearsing with the MKS Trio preparing for their "gigs" at Millers (The Other Room). Sending prayers...
Joe & Sharon McNeil
Jan 13, 2019
Sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a very special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Bob and Lisa Dempsey
Jan 13, 2019
Sorry to hear of your mom's passing, she sang at our wedding, 50 years ago this August. We're sure she is singing with the angels.
Charlene Frati
Jan 13, 2019
Sylvia was a truly beautiful lady, who is now singing with the angels. She will be missed.
Denise O'Connell
Jan 13, 2019
I have fond memories of Sylvia and her lovely shop. I had just lost my mother around the time of my last visit there. Sylvia was so kind as to share a memory of her with me that day. My condolences to you all.
Linda Packard
Jan 12, 2019
So sad to read this. I met Sylvia by serendipity a couple summers ago downtown when she stopped me to remark on my shoes! I knew then she was special. We ended up getting together for tea, a tour of her beloved home, and trading some garden plants. It was then I found out she was Sylvia of Sylvia's, where I had shopped in past years. Godspeed Sylvia ❤
Barbara Haskell
Jan 12, 2019
I went to school with Sylvia and have known her for many years. She was a great gal who loved life to the fullest. She will certainly be missed in the community. My sincere sympathy to her family. She was very proud of them.
Bernadette & Glenn
Jan 12, 2019
Your family now have a Beautiful Angel watching over you! Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joyce Philbrick
Jan 11, 2019
Very sorry to read about you Mom but what a fun loving person she was. I loved going into her shop “Sylvia’s”. It was always a delightful experience all because of her engagaing personality and my mother loved going with me. You will miss her but she lived a very full life and left many memories. Know you are thought of
Mary Lou
Jan 11, 2019
One of my very best friends. Will always remember you with fondness. God’s Blessings