On Friday, April 23, 2021 Cynthia Waterman of Brooklyn, NY passed away at the age of 89. We would like to believe that when she entered into the Kingdom of Heaven, she was surrounded by her many beloved family members, especially her Father and her Darling Baby Daughter. During her lifetime, Cynthia played many roles and performed them exceedingly well; one could even say to the point of exhaustion. She enjoyed a long and Blessed life. She enjoyed being around people or talking to them at length over the telephone. She worked hard, loved to travel, but at her core, Cynthia was all about protecting her family: her husband; three children and her three grandchildren.
Cynthia was born to two loving parents in Trinidad, W.I. She was the third of four children, but the only daughter. Cynthia was very proud of her Trini heritage which we all got to enjoy through her cooking and the many family trips “to home”.
She was very talented and her hobbies included cooking, baking, entertaining guests, sewing (last project was hand-sewn face masks) and gardening. Right up to the end, she wanted to learn how to use a computer.
Cynthia attended the local girl’s school where she completed her formal education. From an early age, Cynthia wanted to pursue studies in nursing and it would ultimately become her profession. She applied to nursing schools in both her native land and in the United Kingdom (UK). She was accepted into nursing school at Rush Green Hospital in the UK. While packing, she received an acceptance letter from another nursing school in Trinidad. However, her Mother encouraged her to go to the UK instead. Cynthia completed her midwifery studies and then went to Wales to become a registered nurse. She worked as a nurse in England for twenty years and even took care of the first heart transplant patient in her hospital. After emigrating to the US, her foreign nursing training required additional training. She returned to school and regained her registered nursing title and worked for another twelve years. In total, she worked as a nurse for 32 years; however, “once a nurse, always a nurse”.
Cynthia’s courage to travel to the UK from Trinidad by ship to pursue nursing, put her in the path of Athiel, a handsome young man from Barbados. Cynth & Athiel were married soon after she became an RN and just celebrated 59 years of marriage! That union produced two sons and two daughters (one deceased). Although she loved being a Mother, she relished the role of being called “Nana” by her three grandchildren.
Cynthia enjoyed traveling to visit family in her native Trinidad and Athiel’s Barbados. They traveled to many places in Europe and the US. Upon retirement, she mainly focused on providing care for her grandchildren while continuing to support her life-long partner and their children. She made sure her children pursued college-level degrees and still wanted us to go higher. She celebrated every graduation and had no problem taking those photos!
She was born and raised Catholic and made sure all of her children followed in her faith. Cynthia was a member of many parishes, the last one being St. Thérèse of Lisieux for over 25 years. She enjoyed her Sunday morning services before switching to the Saturday evening mass in her later years.
Cynthia overcame many health challenges over her long life. She fought until she ultimately became too tired to fight, literally and figuratively. Cynthia not only showed us how to live, but she also taught us when to accept that the fight was over and to pass away on her own terms. In doing so, she not only restored her dignity but regained her independence.
We will forever cherish the wonderful memories that Cynthia brought to our collective lives. Her life story will continue to be told through her husband, two sons, daughter, son-in-law, former daughter-in-law, three beloved grandchildren, cousins, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, a multitude of nephews, nieces and their descendants, and a legion of friends. She had many honorary sons and daughters that she gained through her children’s friendships and relationships. She will be dearly missed but remembered fondly by many.
She is preceded in death by both of her parents, three brothers, one daughter and her twin grandsons.
Rest in Peace Cynth, Mum, Nana, Grandma, Aunty, and Friend! You were more beautiful than you could ever imagine.
In lieu of flowers, or if so desired, please consider making a donation to the American Heart Association in Cynthia Waterman’s name at https://www2.heart.org/site/SPageNavigator/donatenow_legacy.html?s_src=20U2W1EEMM&sub_src=footer_memorial_gift
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