In memory of
Elaine Paradis Sylvester
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In memory of
Elaine Paradis Sylvester
DOVER, N.H. - On Friday, October 14, 2016, Elaine Paradis Sylvester, surrounded by family, friends, and the care team who provided unwavering support and encouragement to her during her five-year journey with cancer, rang the bell at the Seacoast Cancer Center in celebration of the end of her treatment. Five hours later, she died peacefully with her husband, children, and granddaughter by her side. Elaine's was the epitome of a life well lived, and lived to the fullest; every day of her 58 years were spent in celebration of faith, family, and friends. Known for her infectious joy, zest for life, and zany sense of humor, Elaine and her sparkling personality were truly one of a kind. She loved to go on long hikes in the forests of N.H. with her beloved golden retrievers and friends, and after her diagnosis in 2011, Elaine redoubled her energy into what became one of her favorite past times, logging over 1,600 miles in the past two years alone. A true extrovert, Elaine was known for singing with abandon, dancing like no one was watching, and whatever she did - inspiring others to join in. A graduate of Dover High School and N.H. Technical College, Elaine devoted her professional life to caring for others, too. In her 20+ year career as a nurse, she comforted the sick, challenged those who had lost their way to turn things around, and offered renewed hope to those who had none. She was also dedicated to her church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Dover, N.H., where she was an active volunteer. Among her acts of service were working to build a more diverse and inclusive congregation, establishing a new prayer group, and revitalizing the church's food pantry program. Elaine loved the outdoors, oldies and reggae music, emojis of all kinds, her husband Rob's cooking, and butter pecan ice cream, but her greatest passion was spending time with her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who taught her children and granddaughter to follow their own paths, to honor their own truths, and to find wonder and fulfillment in every day. She is survived by her life-long love, her husband of 38 years, Robert Delano Sylvester, Jr.; her children Nicole Browning (Anne) of Seattle, Wash., Marc Sylvester (Camille Sakodachang) of Conifer, Colo., and Ryan Sylvester (Laura) of Savannah, Ga.; granddaughter Leighton Delano Browning of Seattle; her mother, Gertrude Rosemary Paradis, of Dover, N.H.; sisters, Claudette Martel of Rollinsford, N.H., Denise Whicher (Bob) of Key West, Fla., and Rochester, N.H., Gloria Chabot (Ron) of Rollinsford. SERVICES: Her extraordinary life will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 19, with a 10 a.m. mass at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Amy's Treat ( ), a local nonprofit organization that provides critical support services to cancer patients and their families, in the form of solutions to the day-to-day difficulties of living with cancer, as well as unexpected 'treats' to renew the spirit. To sign an online guest book, visit
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