Cynthia Weston Date
ROCHESTER - Cynthia Weston Date passed away on June 12, 2013 in Rochester. She was born in Portsmouth on October 3, 1927, the only child of W. Morrison and Beatrice (Bilbruck) Weston, and graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1945. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Duane A. Date, Sr. in 1973 and her son, Darryl A. Date in 1977. She is survived by four children, Duane A. Date, Jr (Susan), Cynthia D. Beal (Andy), Terrence W. Date and Todd W. Date (Kay); six grandchildren, Kelly Turner (Charlie), Allison Cummings (Harry), Darryl, Chelsea, Lincoln and Natalia; and five great-grandchildren, Megan, Laura, Kevin, Ryan and Lauren.
In 1978, Cynthia left Portsmouth and moved to Melbourne, Florida where she attended Brevard Community College and graduated magna cum laude. She worked part time and then volunteered in a Melbourne elementary school as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher for more than 10 years. In 2002 she returned to N.H. and settled in Rochester. She continued her emphasis on education by volunteering at McClelland Elementary in Rochester for another 10 years, mainly instructing second graders in reading and establishing loving relationships with her students, all of whom adored her and vied for her time.
She was an accomplished pianist and a music lover, favoring classical, jazz and the blues. She also mastered improvisation and dabbled in composing her own music. Another intense interest of hers was traveling. Her first international adventure occurred in 1983 when she toured Great Britain by herself and visited Yorkshire from which her grandfather emigrated to Portsmouth in the 1860s. She visited her Bilbruck family members who now lived in Cheshire, and they were enthralled with her and invited her back. She made several return trips! One of her notable voyages was a 1987 tour of Eastern Europe when it was under the control of the USSR and travel was strictly regulated. Other destinations were in Central and South America, Canada and the U.S.
If you knew Cynthia, you probably were aware of her social nature, friendliness and lovely personality. Mother willingly helped others whether it involved caring for her ill, bedridden mother for many years, giving assistance to those who were needy, especially children, or running errands for the elderly. She was a generous human being and was an inspiration to her own children and grandchildren and instilled in them her love of learning and her commitment to community activism and social justice.
Throughout her lifetime Mother was a sun worshipper and an avid swimmer, both at New Castle and Wallis Sands beaches and in later years in her pool.
Mother had a sense of humor, was an accomplished story teller and kept us laughing with tales of Portsmouth, especially from "the crick" where she grew up. There is no way to duplicate her. She is truly one of a kind.
Services: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2013 at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home-Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth. There will be no visiting hours. Family flowers only. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends in Action, PO Box 1485, Portsmouth, N.H. 03802. Please visit: www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com
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