[Summit] SNA family death

Lee Clasper-Torch leeclaspertorch at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 12:17:02 CDT 2016

Dear Dean and all,

Thanks for the notice and your thoughtful words. I only got to know Sheila
for a brief amount of time, but all that you share about her spunky and
vivacious character resonates and affirms my own short experience getting
to know  her on the board.  A force...clearly loving and giving.  She will
be missed.

Strength and peace to Dan and family in this tender time.


leeclaspertorch at gmail.com
401-226-4472 (c)

On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 9:32 AM, Dean W <thedeaner at gmail.com> wrote:

> The passing of Sheila Perlow is a profound loss for SNA and for the
> neighborhood in general.  I'm not even sure how long she'd been involved in
> the neighborhood association, but it's been years.  She has been a key
> component of brokering the peace between our residents and our
> institutional neighbor, the Miriam Hospital.  She did this quietly and
> naturally.
> From my experience with Sheila, that's the only thing she did quietly.
> Those that knew her will agree that she had a fun and outgoing
> personality.  She never held her tongue, in a good way.  She spoke her mind
> and let you know what she thought.  And she was funny while she did that.
> I always appreciated not just her perspective on a topic, but the often
> hysterical quips she would slide in there for your enjoyment.
> I also appreciated that she would often call me after a meeting, either to
> agree with the outcome or to express her concern.  I'll miss her raspy
> voice expressing to me her opinion on something, dropping F-bombs left and
> right, not mad or excited, but just talking it out.  I loved that.  She was
> so honest and easy to communicate with.
> Sheila was incredibly dedicated to the Summit Neighborhood Association.
> Even though she lived just over the Pawtucket line (an often-repeated joke
> was that she could see Summit from her house), she was always, always,
> always the first to volunteer to help out.  She took the fun jobs and the
> not-so-fun jobs, it didn't matter to her.  She was of-service.  The
> organization has suffered a huge loss with her passing.
> Our sincere condolences go out to her family, including her life partner
> Dan MacLellan, another long-time dedicated SNA board member.
> Sincerely,
> Dean Weinberg, SNA President
> Long-time Summit Neighborhood Association Board of Directors member Sheila Perlow died  Tuesday, July 26. She was 75. The funeral will be private, but the family will sit shiva from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the home of Sheila’s daughter, Jill Stewart, at 145 Sandy Lane, Warwick.
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