Beryl F Sydnor

June 13, 1919December 7, 2013

SYDNOR, Beryl F., of Largo, FL, passed away on Sat, Dec 7, 2013. She is survived by the love of her life for over 75 years, Robert J. Sydnor. Beryl was born June 13, 1919 in Union, WV. She served as Sec. to the City Manager of Clearwater, FL for 26 yrs. She was active in Largo Historical Society and Questers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the above organizations. A graveside service will be held 2 pm Thursday, Dec 12 at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, Largo. (727) 562-2080.

There was a chill in the air, Friday, November 11, 1938, but two young people in love drove from Union, WV to Greenup, KY to be "hitched." Seventy-five years later on Sat, November 9, Bob and Beryl Fullen Sydnor celebrated the memorable occasion in Largo, FL with family and friends gathered around. That love that began just before WWII had endured and grown stronger with each passing day.

They were young when they married, both just 19 years old. Then the war caught up with them in 1942. Bob was sent to Hawaii and Guam to serve with the Seabees while Beryl remained at home, like most married women their age, and at that time worked at the West Virginia Statehouse. Upon Bob's return from the war, they moved to Montgomery, WV where Bob enrolled in WV Tech to gain a degree in education and Beryl helped support them working as a financial secretary.

In 1949, with a degree in hand and the hope of a bright future and warmer weather, the couple moved to McClenny, FL where Bob began his career as an educator. He then entered the University of Florida in Gainesville to secure his masters degree, while Beryl worked in the Foundation Department. It was during those years that they became avid Gator fans and continue to cheer for the Gators in football and basketball every year. Both of their careers in Largo spanned 28 years, with Bob teaching at Largo High School and Beryl serving as Secretary to the City Manager of Clearwater, FL.

Florida is home to the Sydnors, even though their heart will always be in West Virginia where most of their family remained. They travelled most summers to spend time in the Union and Ansted areas of WV catching up with family and friends, meeting new family members as the family began to grow. Their nieces-nephews and spouses, then great nieces-nephews and spouses, and now great nieces-nephews were shown unconditional love and always received a warm hug and friendly smile each time they were in their presence, along with showing interest in their activities.

To fill their free time, the Sydnors were avid readers, logged many miles on their boat as their Florida boating group ( a group the Sydnors organized and strong friendships continue to to this day) sailed the waterways of Florida, and attended many University of Florida Gator games wearing blue and orange to show their support. Bob enjoyed woodworking while Beryl created on the sewing machine and enjoyed many crafts. Living in Florida, the Sydnors often entertained family and friends from 'up north' always welcoming with open arms, a warm heart and satisfying meal.

On November 9, the Sydnor's 75th wedding anniversary was celebrated by family and friends who travelled from many cities across the country, with a luncheon at Bob Heilman's in Clearwater. On November 11, the actual date of their anniversary and Veteran's Day, the Largo Historical Society, where Bob and Beryl have been members for over 10 years, paid tribute to the veterans, including Bob's service, and Beryl and Bob's 75th anniversary with a dinner, cake, a corsage for Beryl, and a special program.

Then on December 7, 2013, Beryl F. Sydnor passed away. She is survived by the love of her life for over 75 years, Robert J. Sydnor. Beryl was born June 13, 1919 in Union, WV. She was active in the Largo Historical Society and Questers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the above organizations. A graveside service will be held at 2 pm Thursday, December 12 at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, Largo. (727)562-2080.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, December 12, 2013

Beryl F Sydnor

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December 14, 2013

Bob I am so sad to hear about Beryl. She was such a great lady and I remember how nice she always was to me. Max really admired her too. He used to say "If you want to know something about the city ask Beryl She will so missed . Thinking of you, Jo Battle

December 14, 2013

Bob, I am so glad Jo and I had the pleasure of visiting you and Beryl when we did. It was a pleasure to be with you and talk about old times. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jean Cesta

Sandra Hackett (formerly Morrison)

December 12, 2013

So sorry to read about the passing of Beryl, Robert. You both brightened our day when you stopped in at CCECU. Heartfelt sympathies on your loss, and prayers for you and your family at this sad time.

December 12, 2013

What a nice lady you were. I feel blessed to have known you. You will be missed.
Love, Ginny Lou Norcross

December 11, 2013

Our thoughs and prayers are with you Mr. Sydnor.
Ray & Kristi Rosende

Jim & Bonnie McGee

December 11, 2013

We are sorry to hear that Beryl has passed away. She has gone to be with the Angels. Our thoughts now turn to Bob in hopes he is comforted to know that so many of us love them both. Our prayers are with him and their family.

Jennifer & Tony Speranza

December 11, 2013

We are so very sorry for your loss Bob. Beryl was such a sweet heart, always had a smile no matter what. She was truly a special person and has earned her special place in heaven. We will miss her terribly, but will hold her memory close to our hearts. Jennifer, Tony, Gabrielle and Christina

Shirly McCalister (1955) Jempson

December 11, 2013

Deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your beloved Beryl. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

December 10, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Beryl,s passing. She was so sweet, kind, and friendly and I know she will be missed. There are no words that help at a time like this, but please know that Sid and I are thinking of you and we want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am so happy that I got the chance to meet both of you, you both are very special people.
Jeannie & Sid Harmon ( Rick's aunt and Dick's sister.)

December 10, 2013

I just wanted the family to know how sorry I am for the great loss you must be feeling for your beloved Beryl. May the drawing close to God in prayer strengthen and comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Psalm 94:18,19