Sylvia M. Cullington

  • Born: August 8, 1942
  • Died: November 5, 2021
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Stepmother, Sister, Aunt, and Friend

Sylvia M. Cullington, a longtime resident of Concord, MA passed away peacefully at home on November 5, 2021 after a long illness. Born Sylvia Oakes in North Adams, MA in 1942, Sylvia grew up in Clarksburg, MA. She was predeceased by her parents Gordon N. and Margery D. Oakes. She graduated from Drury High School in 1960 and from the University of Massachusetts in 1964.

Her career was spent entirely at John Hancock Financial Services Co. in Boston from 1964 until her retirement in 1995 as a department director.

Sylvia married her beloved David S. Cullington in 1983. They enjoyed countless days working on their home and garden in Concord, golfing in retirement, being active in the community, and being with family and friends. David passed away in 2010.

She is survived by her stepsons, Douglas Cullington of Hooksett, NH and his wife Beth, and Mark Cullington of Portland, OR and his wife Natasha. Sylvia thoroughly enjoyed being a grandmother to Georgia and Dalton, spending time in Concord and at Silver Lake in New Hampshire.

She also leaves her brother, Gordon Oakes, Jr. of South Deerfield and his wife Pam, nephews Kevin of Medina, WA and his wife Kim, Brian of Easthampton, MA, Tim of New London, PA and his wife Lesley. Sylvia was the epitome of the doting aunt to her nephews from their birth to adulthood. Her six great nephews and nieces will always fondly remember Aunt Sylvia who wholeheartedly joined in many family trips throughout the world.

The family greatly appreciates Sylvia's caregiver, Marie Engoru, who gave her so much love and compassion. Sylvia also leaves behind her wonderful dog Sophie who was her faithful companion for the past 11 years.

Sylvia's kind nature and radiant smile will be missed by her many friends. She was a member of the Nashawtuc Country Club since 1989. An avid golfer, she chaired the NCC Ladies Golf, served on the golf and greens committee and was chairman of the NCC golf committee from 2015-2016. She also volunteered at Emerson Hospital from 1995 to 2018.

The Open Table of Concord was a very important part of Sylvia's life. She and David volunteered there for ten years, and Sylvia later served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer from 2015 to 2018.

It is Sylvia's wish that any memorial donations be made to Open Table, Inc., P.O. Box 42, Concord, MA 01742

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Sylvia will be laid to rest at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I regret that I only became aware of Sylvia's passing this morning, and it is an item I read with great sadness. I knew Sylvia from our days at John Hancock. While I never worked directly in her areas of the company, I knew several colleagues who did, and I know she did much to enrich their careers, and, in turn, their lives. Even though I have not seen her in over 25 years, I can still hear her voice, and see her smiling face. My condolences to her family.

Posted by Ed Anguish - Millsboro, DE - Coworker   December 04, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Sylvia's passing. She and I had many wonderful times together as Alpha Chi Omega sisters at the University of Massachusetts. She was a wonderful woman and friend, always willing to lend a hand. With many miles between us since our graduation, we didn't communicate much but she will never be forgotten.

Leah Shepardson Flake, McMinnville, OR. Nov.22, 2021

Posted by Leah Shepardson Flake - McMinnville, OR - Friend   November 22, 2021

I knew Sylvia from our time together at Open Table when we both served on the board. Sylvia was kind to me as a newcomer, and her gracious welcoming manner enriched all of our lives. She is fondly remembered.

Posted by Connie Johnson - Concord, MA   November 21, 2021

Sylvia was also a wonderful neighbor to her Jennie Dugan community - often baking or making dog treats and stopping by to visit when walking her beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sophie. She was a gentle and kind soul and will be greatly missed but fondly remembered by all of us here.

Posted by Priscilla Clark - Concord, MA   November 18, 2021

Sylvia was an incredible contributor to Open Table. I will miss her quiet counsel and friendship. She was an amazing team member - she really understood how important it is to show up in life for others. May her spirit live on in those she has inspired to be of service.

Posted by Jeanine Calabria - Concord, MA - Friend   November 15, 2021

My wife Rosalie and I knew Sylvia as co-workers at JH and as the wife of my LHS classmate Dave. Our lives were enriched by that friendship. We only regret that we had so few times together in recent years.
Charlie Peirce

Posted by charles peirce - walpole, MA - Friend   November 15, 2021

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