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Sylvia Pomroy

Sylvia Jean Pomroy (Lewis)

Monday, February 22nd, 1932 - Monday, January 7th, 2019
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Sylvia Jean (Lewis) McCarthy Pomroy, 86, passed away peacefully, at home, January 6th, 2019.
She was born in Brewer in 1932, the daughter of William J. and Rose Esther (DesJardins) Lewis.

Sylvia attended Bangor area schools leaving Bangor High in 1950. In 1966 she obtained her GED of which she was very proud. High School is where she developed her love of music and singing. She sang professionally during the 60’s and 70's with many local bands and musicians, performing at Miller's Restaurant, the NCO and Officers clubs at Dow AFB and numerous other venues and events. In later years, she enjoyed singing baritone with The River City Harmonizers and continued until her passing. In September of 1950 she married Robert J. McCarthy, with whom she had her four children.
She lived all but 11 years of her life in the family home in Bangor, where she raised her children as a single parent.

In 1961 she became owner of “The Pub” in downtown Bangor where you could get a .25 cent draft, a “Pubbie” sandwich, her famous homemade chili and pickled eggs! The Pub was a place where people came for some company and left feeling like family. Many of these people became lifelong friends of Sylvia's. In June of 1968 she married her second husband, Roger S. Pomroy of Brewer, and they continued operating The Pub together until 1971. In 1972 she opened Sylvia's Resale Shop in Brewer, one of the first of it's kind in the area. She operated a unique and successful business for over 35 years. Sylvia's provided generations of families with one of a kind clothing and accessories. The Vintage and Halloween departments were especially popular with all ages. To this day, Sylvia and her shop are fondly remembered by many. Sylvia was a longtime member of Zonta International, a professional woman’s organization and was the oldest member of the Bangor chapter. She was proud of her international travels with Zonta , especially her trip to Paris and also looked forward each fall to participating in the Zonta Marketplace. Sylvia was a woman ahead of her time. Being a single mother raising four children, gave her a sense of independence, pride and accomplishment. She practiced transcendental meditation and metaphysics throughout her life.

Surviving are a brother, Bernard Lewis of Virginia; daughters, Sue Thompson with her children, Laurie Williams and Jimmy Michaud; Jacqueline Haney and husband Michael and their children, Sabrina Ullmann and husband Cliff, Hannah Watkins and husband Jack, Brandon Haney and wife Hilary and Emily Zelinski and husband Jason; sons, Thomas McCarthy and wife Michelle, and their daughter Madison; Patrick McCarthy and companion Delia Hammond; great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Tyler, Dakota, Isaac, Elliot, Sammy, Sylvia, Nate, Mary, Iris, Jake and Ellie. All of whom she was so very proud. Throughout her life she enjoyed her trips to the coast with friends, her visits with family in Florida, the occasional round of golf, bowling on several local leagues, listening to her favorite tunes and belting them out at the top of her lungs, working in her garden, but most of all her time spent with family at “High Point”, on Springy Pond, built by her Dad, Bill in 1947.

A gathering for family and friends will take place from 5-7 PM, Friday, January 18, 2019, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor. A Service of Remembrance will be held 11 AM, Saturday January 19, 2019, at The Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main Street, Orono. A reception will follow in the fellowship room. In memory of Sylvia, donations may be made to The Zonta Club of Bangor, P.O. Box 1904, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

A long life well lived, Syl. We will surely miss you.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 18th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, January 18th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Brookings-Smith, Bangor
    133 Center Street
    BANGOR, ME 04401
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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Church of Universal Fellowship
    85 Main Street
    ORONO, ME 04473
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    Rev. Lorna Grenfell
  • Interment

    Woodlawn Cemetery
    North Main Street
    Brewer, ME 04412
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    Spring of 2019
  • Reception

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 |
    Saturday, January 19th, 2019
    Church of Universal Fellowship
    85 Main Street
    ORONO, ME 04473
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    Following the Memorial Service


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Posted at 11:20am
My heartfelt condolences to Sylvia's family for their loss. Sylvia was very loving and generous with her time and family stories. She and I had a wonderful chat on the phone the day before she passed. I am thankful for the warmth and love she extended to me after the passing of her nephew, my late husband William. I wish we'd had more time to share our memories of him. Priscilla Lewis

Frank Gallant

Posted at 11:15am
I played cribbage with her at the senior center and, most recently, at Brewer Housing Authority. She was always a very pleasant and smiling lady. I'm sure she will be missed. My condolences to the family. Frank Gallant

Richard and Corinne Wheelden

Posted at 10:26am
Dick and I send our heartfelt condolences to you Jacquie and family on the passing of your Mom. She was a beautiful lady and an inspiration of a life well lived.

Daniel Gass

Posted at 10:09am
My condolences to my McCarthy cousins. So sorry to hear of the passing of beautiful Sylvia. She was always so kind and loving to all my family members. My very first impression of her was at a St Patrick’s Day event at John Bapst High School where she sang “Danny Boy”. I was so impressed by her voice and beauty... she seemed like a movie star. I was also impressed by the things noted in the obituary... she was a powerful woman ahead of her time. Again, sad to hear this, but hope you all realize what a wonderful life she lived. Dan Gass

Deidre and Makenzie

Posted at 09:08am
What a beautiful write up. So happy to have met such a strong woman and sharing her talent with all of us. My first memory was of her quaint little shop. Now I know where Sue got her good taste from. My condolences to you and your family Sue.

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