Laurie J. (Ditata) Sylvia, 59, of Sconticut Neck, Fairhaven, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019, surrounded by her family at Tufts Medical Center, in Boston. She was the loving wife of 40 years to Robert Sylvia, Jr.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of Gabriel Ditata of Marion and Dorothy Reed of Dartmouth, she grew up in Dartmouth where she graduated from high school in 1977 and settled in Fairhaven on Sconticut Neck, 40 years ago, where she spent her summers on Sandy Beach with her husband and family, which she described as her little piece of heaven. She had been a realtor for the past 17 years for Pelletier Realty and was a member of the Greater New Bedford Realtor Association.
Laurie would approach everyone with a smile, kindness and laughter. She had a beautiful soul that was felt by everyone she came across. If you had the pleasure to meet her, you were instantly a friend and had a piece of her heart. If Laurie was in the room, you were sure to be laughing. She was the life of the party and meant everything to everyone. She loved her children deeply and her greatest joy was being Mimi to her grandchildren. Heaven has gained the most selfless, beautiful, genuine human being.
She is survived by her loving husband, Bob; mother, Dorothy Reed; father Gabe Ditata and his wife Carole; her mother and father in law, Rosalie and Robert Sylvia of South Dartmouth; children, Robert G. Sylvia and his companion Michelle Silva of New Bedford, Jennifer Sylvia and her companion Thomas Harris of Middletown, RI and Sara Lewis and her husband Ryan of Fairhaven; two sisters, Karen Fenton and her husband Russell of Acushnet and Susan Fitzgerald and her companion Gina Tenrreiro of Dartmouth; a brother, David Ditata and his companion Melissa Holian of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Madelyn, Ellie, Marlee, Max, Layla, Gabby and Jordan; a sister in law, Janet Wilson and her husband Dennis of Wareham; dear family friends, T.J. Spangler and Pam Bourgault and her best friend, Carol Baron; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are Friday, August 30, 2019, from 4-7pm, in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven. All other arrangements are private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Laurie's name to the Cam Neely Foundation, The Neely House, 800 Washington St., Box 0716, Boston, MA 02111.
AUG 30. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
Fairhaven Funeral Home
117 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA, 02719
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