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GILMAN, Sylvia R. Passed away on October 28, 2016 at the age of 80, after being ill with cancer. She was the daughter of Wilbert M. and Mary D. Gilman of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Sylvia graduated from Wellesley High School and Vassar College, majoring in English Literature. Subsequently, she had a variety of work experiences in which she combined her talent as an artist with her desire to be of service to others, most recently with the Veterans' Administration in Bedford, MA, where she helped to establish an art program for veterans. Sylvia had a strong interest in classical music, and she was highly committed to peace-related and environmental causes. She was actively involved in advancing these causes and made many lifelong friends in doing so. First and foremost an artist, she created many paintings, drawings, greeting cards and book illustrations over several decades, chronicling in some cases local musical events and performers and peace and environmental activities. Sylvia showed great strength and energy in the face of her illness and continued the activities that were so important to her almost until the end of her life. She is survived by her brother Jonathan Gilman and his wife Julika of Belmont, MA, by her nephew Nicholas and his wife Katherine of Jamaica Plain, and by friends who were of great support to her during her illness. A memorial service will be held on Saturday November 19, 2016 at 11:30 AM at the chapel of the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, 980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA 02138. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 and to Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 81860, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481-0010.
Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 10, 2016
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