Norman A. Sylvia, age 85 of Venice, FL passed away peacefully in his home on February 2 surrounded by his family.
Born in New Bedford, MA he was the son of the late Anthony J. Sylvia and Alice (Gauthier) Sylvia. He lived in New Bedford most of his life before moving to Fairhaven and then Venice several years ago.
Norman was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School. He apprenticed at Cape Cod Standard Times for six years as a printer, then went to the Providence Journal-Bulletin where he retired after 36 years, as a staff photographer. As a member of the National Press Photographers Association, he won a number of national and regional awards for his news pictures. His most noted accomplishment was the 1979 first place award for the “Best Picture Story of the Year” by the NPPA at their annual photo contest. While in Florida, he continued his interest in photography as a member of Dimage, a digital photography club.
He enjoyed sailing with his wife and children for many years. They spent vacations and weekends at Vineyard Haven. In Venice, he was an active member and volunteer in the Japanese Gardens community including the bowling league, Junktique, pancake breakfasts and more.
Survivors include his daughter, Anne Marie and her husband, Scott Gardner of Durham, NC and his son, Timothy James and his wife, Mary Catherine Cross, of Columbia, MD. His grandchildren include Matthew Cross, Andrew Sylvia, Edward (Ted) Sylvia, Eric Gardner, Andrew Gardner and three great grandsons. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Richard L. Pepin of Fairhaven, his niece Joan Pepin Woods and a number of cousins.
He was pre-deceased by his loving wife, Joan Sylvia, to whom he was married for 59 years.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Farley Funeral Home of Venice. Services will be held at a later date when it is safe to do so.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be offered to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or The Salvation Army, PO Box 69, Venice, FL 34284.
The family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful care provided by the staff at Tide Well Hospice, especially Maddie, and the staff at Take Care Home Health Care, especially Geneva, Verna, Oksana, Wendy, Yvonne and Lucy.