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Sylvia Matilda Bearder (Patsy), was born on April 13, 1940, in Port Antonio, Jamaica, to the late Inez & Tolbert Doyle Mc Gann. She departed on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 2:15 am, after a prolonged illness. Affectionately called Patsy or Pat, she was the youngest of six children, four sisters, Vera, Dorothy (Doxie), Fay, Hyacinth, who all preceded her in death. She is survived by one brother, Fitzroy McGann.
Patsy was a member of the Port Antonio Anglican Parish Church in Portland, Jamaica, where she was baptized and confirmed. Her early education was at the Boundbrook Infant School and the Norwich Primary School in Port Antonio. Subsequently, Pat completed her high school education at the Mount St. Joseph Academy in Mandeville, and at the Kingsway High School, Kingston, Jamaica. In 1958, Patsy emigrated to Great Britain to pursue a nursing career. She later relocated to the United States in 1981 to work as a registered nurse, initially in New York, and subsequently in New Jersey, where she was employed by the state. Sylvia eventually resided in Fort Lauderdale and Miramar, Florida, where she founded and managed a Group home until her transition.
Patsy never met a stranger. Her compassionate heart tempered with empathy, caring and concern were the driving motivations that led her to the esteemed profession of nursing and subsequently to provide for people in need.
She had the gift of discerning those who needed an extra touch of love. No doubt, Pat enjoyed life and made living look good to everyone around her. Pat was always well dressed and enjoyed the company of others. She loved her family dearly and would move heaven and earth for them, a model quality enviable by others. Pat believed that serving others is the rent paid for occupying space on this earth.
Sylvia leaves to mourn and cherish her memories: her brother, Fitzroy Mc Gann, nieces, Fay Candler, MD, Gene Rousseau, Debbie Beckford and Nathlee Osborn; nephews, Richard Bardowell, Casey Beckford and Maurice McGann; cousins, Maurice Moodie, Bradley A. Dennis, MD, Lascelles, Huntley and Berice Ming, Monica Ming Julye, Sylvia Barrett Johnson, Marcia and Donna Moodie, The Parkins (Patricia) and DaCosta (Betty) families and a host of other beloved relatives and special friends. We all will surely miss the sunshine she brought into each of our lives.
“For I am ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing”
(2 Timothy 4: 6-8).
-Bradley A. Dennis, MD