Whitney Pier
It is with broken hearts that we, the family, regrettably announce the sudden passing of Shirley Syms, 71, on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Sydney, Shirley was the daughter of the late Peter and Loretta Kozera.

Left to mourn is Shirley’s loving husband, Adrian Syms; stepson, Francis (Monica); stepdaughter, Corina (Billy); grandchildren, Rory, Carter, Auvney and Connor; brothers, Walter and Bernie (Judy) Kozera; as well as many loving nieces and nephews with special thanks to Dolly and Wendy for caring and compassion during her illness.

Besides her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her sister, Betty Ann and brothers, Donald and Frank Kozera.

Shirley Worked at MacLeod’s Bookstore for most of her working career,  where she made many lasting friends. Shirley was fun loving compassionate woman who will be sadly missed by all.

Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Shirley May Syms will be held at Pier Community
Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Monday, June 27, 2016. Please refrain from wearing perfumes for the celebration will be scent free. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 10 – 11 a.m. with service to follow at 11 a.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Archdeacon Brenda Drake officiating. Light refreshments will be served in the reception area following the service. Shirley will be laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Shirley may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The family gives a special thank you to the caring staff on floor 3A and the ICU unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

You are gone from us now but your memory will remain in Our Hearts Forever.

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                              Online Condolences

So sorry to hear of her passing Our condolence to her husband and family
From:  Walter and Patsy Hickey

Dear Adrian, Syms Family and Kozera Family, Please accept my deepest condolences in your loss of such a wonderful wife, stepmother, sister and aunt such as Shirley. I know it is a hard time for you all but I am sure she was welcomed in Heaven by Aunt Rete and Uncle Peter as well as her siblings that passed before her. May you all find comfort and peace in knowing she is not suffering and is in loving arms there. RIP Shirley. With deepest sympathy, Cousin Elizabeth (McCrate) Herritt

My heart is broken…I will truly miss Aunt Shirley. May she live forever in our hearts. Sending much love to Adrian and the whole family.
From:  Theresa Kozera