On Saturday, February 25, 2017, an earthly angel ascended to Heavenly Angel. Sylvia Marie Craig, 58, peacefully passed away, comforted by family and friends by her side, and enfolded in the loving prayers of those who loved her.
Born May 22, 1958, at St Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, MA, a life-long resident of Portsmouth, RI, and proud 1976 graduate of Portsmouth High School, actively involved in High School reunions, she also attended Katherine Gibbs School.

Sylvia is preceded in death by her infant son, Brien William, her sister Geraldine (Gerry) Hamilton-Smith, and her mother, Edna Mae (Silvia) Craig.
She is survived by her children, Stephanie Eileen Gleeson and her son, Sylvia’s grandson, Ayden, both of Portsmouth, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class A.J. LaBonte (machinery technician), stationed in Detroit, MI, and Kelsey Marie LaBonte (CCRI student) of Portsmouth; her father Russell J. Craig, Sr.; her be-loved sweetheart Richie Camara; her brother Russell J Craig, Jr and his wife, Jeanette; many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins; and friends who were loved as though family.

For nearly 30 years, Sylvia has been a dedicated employee of the R.I. Judiciary System, as Assistant Manager of Calendar Services, serving at a variety of locations, including Newport, Kent, and Warwick Counties.

Known for her contagious smile, gentle words, and generous ways, Sylvia could light up a room, as well as burn up the dance floor. An amateur gardener, she enjoyed making things grow; her favorite hummingbirds and cardinals graced her yard. Her quirky and subtle sense of humor made others laugh when they least expected it. And while her world-famous Shepherd’s Pie filled your tummy, her spirit fueled your soul. She lived her yearbook motto: “I am lonely but you can free me all in the way you smile.”

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 5, 4 – 7pm in the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, R.I.

Funeral services will be private.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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