Sylvia Kennedy Neal

December 10, 1943February 26, 2013
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Neal, Sylvia (nee Kennedy) Born in St.John’s Newfoundland on December 10, 1943 and passed away peacefully at Hollandview Trail in Aurora on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in her 70th year. Beloved mother of Jennifer (Alan Irwin ), Geoff ( Connie Mallia) and Eric. Proud grandmother to Jack, Emma and Aaron. Survived by George Neal , her sister Marguerite ( David Porter), sister in-law Mary Kennedy and predeceased by twin brother David Kennedy. Daughter of the late Walter and Mildred Kennedy. Proud recipient of Kiwanis Rose Bowl and Senior Star Contestant. Sylvia will be remembered for her beautiful voice and her love of family including her four legged friends. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends from the Evergreen Choir, Aurora Seniors Centre and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. The family would like to thank the staff of Sunrise of Aurora and Hollandview Trail. Friends may call at Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Pkwy, S., Aurora on Friday, March 1st from 6-8pm . Funeral service in the Chapel of Thompson Funeral Home on Saturday, March 2nd at 11:00 am, followed by cremation at Forest Lawn Crematorium. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Sylvia can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation . On-line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Friday, March 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 2, 2013

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March 18, 2013

Sylvia and I sang duets for the York Region Community Choir and the Aurora Seniors Evergreen Choir. She was always an enthusiastic and diligent participant in rehearsals and concert
performance. I and many other choristers were so eager to have her return . Alas...not to be. But we remember !

Bill Reid

Heather (Campbell) Saunders

March 15, 2013

To Sylvia's Family - I knew Sylvia at school in Prince of Wales College in St. John's Newfoundland, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Sunday School, CGIT, the Kirk Choir and the Cantabury Singers in St. John's under the direction of Eileen Stanbury. We lost contact for awhile, but reconnected a number of years sharing news via friends in Ontario and Christmas cards to each other. Sylvia and I, along with 3 other teenagers travelled across the Island of Newfoundland on the "Newfie Bullet" train (named because it took so long in the 1960's to go across the Island), then continued our journey on the William Carson across the Gulf, then train again in Nova Scotia, to Merrigomish, arriving at the Presbyterian Church "Camp Geddie" at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. At camp Sylvia and I were lead singers in a production of "Pirates of Penzance" put on by the campers. It was a wonderful experience. My heart goes out to the family to lose your beautiful mother, sister and friend. My sincere sympathy.
Heather (Campbell) Saunders
St. |John's, NL

Joyce Frey

March 13, 2013

Dear Jennifer, Geoff and Eric,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I just heard about it a few minutes ago.
I can't believe she is gone, she was my dear friend, I often thought of her, she had such a beautiful voice. She gave me goose bumps when she sang at Rachelle's wedding.
She is gone but will never be forgotten.My sincere sympathy.
Joyce Frey

Sophie Peckford-Diamond

March 6, 2013

To The Family of Sylvia (Kennedy) Neal:

I hurt so much hearing about Sylvia's recent death. She was my friend from school at Prince of Wales College on LeMarchant Road, St. John's, NL.

It was a pleasure to visit at the Kennedy house on Bell Street and chat with Sylvia's parents, Mr. & Mrs. Kenney, her twin brother David (who also attended PWC), her sister & brother-in-law, Marguerite & David Porter & her dog, Butch.

"You will sing with the angels in Heaven from now on, Sylvia."

Sophie Peckford-Diamond
St. John's, NL

March 5, 2013

Sylvia and I became good friends the last 2 years of high school.
We often walked home together from PWC, and she loved to come to my house for an after school snack of chocolate cake and milk. I have such good memories of spending time at her home as well.
After she moved away , our paths unfortunately separated and we lost touch.
I will never forget her singing, what a beautiful voice!
Please accept my condolences with deepest sympathy to her family.
Elsie (Moores) Rideout
St. John's, NL

March 4, 2013

Dear Geoff & family,
We received the news of the passing of your mother and we are saddened by it. You had mentioned in many meetings how you admired and loved her. She sounded like an exceptional lady. Knowing you I'm sure she was. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we send you our deepest condolences. We will gladly make a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in the memory of your mother. Warmest regards, Terri & Mario

Ford Neal

March 4, 2013

Jennifer, Geoff and Eric,
We send our sincere sympathy on the passing of your mother.
Ford, Chris and Eleanor

Eleanor (Dawe) Bonnell

March 3, 2013

Sylvia and I sat at the same table in Kindergarten. We attended each other's birthday parties. Our paths varied as we grew older. My most vivid memory of her, and that of many others, was her singing of The Holy City at our High School ( PWC) Talent show. She sang it again at our 25th Reunion, and her voice was just as beautiful and thrilling. Though she was unable to attend our 50th Reunion last year, many still spoke of her singing as being a striking rememberance of their High School experience. It is sad that her voice is now silenced. My sincere sympathies to her family and friends.

Dee Smith

March 3, 2013

I miss our unplanned meetings and good conversations at Longo's Starbucks. It is so sad when a Songbird dies.

Chris Porter

March 2, 2013

JENNIER, Eric, GEoff and families:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time in the passing of your Mom, grandmother, Mother-in-law. Chris, Maureen, Ashley and Matthew. CBS, Newfoundland