Sylvia Shortt was born in St. Vincent, British West Indies to her parents Brian Finlay and Muriel Constantine on February 5, 1927. She was the first of five children: Doreen Edwards, Sydney Edwards and the late Rita Edwards and Stratford Edwards.
Sylvia attended Glen Community Boarding School where she met her future husband Harry V.D. Shortt. Upon graduation she migrated to the United States where she worked and attended New York College. Her studies were in the field of finance. Sylvia returned to St. Vincent to wed her betroth Harry. On January 5, 1957 they were married and immediately started their family. Together they raised and enjoyed four beautiful children: Brian, Deborah, Dwight and Orian.
Her greatest joy in life was taking care of her children and husband. Her children were priveleged to enjoy the comfort of always knowing that she will be there when they come home to lunch at midday and when they returned from school in the afternoon to planned activities and the dreaded homework.
In the summer of 1974, Sylvia and her family left St. Vincent for New York City to start a new chapter all for the betterment of their family. Sylvia chose to dedicate her time to raising her children. As her children got older, Sylvia returned to the workforce. She worked at Cobble Hill Nursin Home in Brooklyn from where she retired.
Sylvia was very skilled in the matters of mathematics/finance, and it is with wonderment that until a few days before her passing she was assisting her daughter with a mathematical formula as she had many times before.
Sylvia's passions included cooking, baking, sewing and gardening.
On September 4, 2011, Sylvia went home to join her husband of 48 years in eternity.
Sylvia touched many lives and will be missed. She leaves to mourn her passing: her four children, Brian Shortt, Deborah Shortt, Dwight Shortt and Orian Shortt; her two sisters Doreen Edwards and Sydney Edwards; five grandchildren, Nicole, Jonathan, Devin, Tre and Brandon; three great grandchildren, Chad, Chance and Triston; her unwavering step-daughter Shirley Morris; niece, Patricia Birch-Hackshaw and husband Ormonde Hackshaw and a host of other relatives and friends.