ESSEX — Cynthia (Bragdon) “Cindy” Cameron, 76, lifelong resident of Essex and loving wife of thirty-one years of Robert Cameron, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers Wednesday, August 14, 2013, following a short illness.
Born in Beverly on July 17, 1937, Cindy was the daughter of the late Sydney and Sarah (Burnham) Bragdon. She was raised in Essex, a 1955 graduate of Gloucester High School. She continued her education at Children’s Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1958. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University and Master’s Degree from Massachusetts State College in Framingham.
Cindy’s career included serving as a Registered Nurse at local hospitals, including head nurse at the Salem Hospital’s Nursery. Cindy, an instructor, taught nursing courses at Essex Agricultural School. She and husband, Bob, established the George Fuller House Bed and Breakfast Inn in Essex in 1984 from which they retired in 1995. Cindy, following in the footsteps of her mother, was known as an excellent cook.
She was an active volunteer and a longtime member of the First Universalist Church of Essex. She also served as a volunteer at The Essex Historical Commission, The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, served as a treasurer at SeniorCare Inc. of Gloucester, Treasurer at the Friends of the Essex Council on Aging and volunteered with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Cindy will be lovingly remembered as the pastry chef of the monthly “Gentlemen’s Breakfast” held at the Essex Senior Center.
In addition to cooking, she enjoyed many activities including sewing, knitting, quilting, traveling, sailing, walking, gardening and she had a particular love for Essex history.
In addition to her husband, Bob, she is survived by three children, William Cameron and his wife, Karen, of Florida, Robert Cameron and his wife, Terri, of Marlborough, Annmarie Foley and her husband, Shawn, of Reading; five grandchildren, James, Justin, Ryan, Chris and Norah; a brother, George Bragdon and his wife, Dianne, of Rowley; nieces, Sarah Meserve and her husband, Gard, and their daughter, Angelica, Rachel Boynton and her husband, Justin, and their son, Elijah; and loving cousins, Helen Stewart and Adelaide Jewett.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be Tuesday, August 20, 4 to 8 p.m. in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. Her funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the First Universalist Church, Main St., Essex with interment in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Following interment, all are invited to a luncheon at the Waterline Center, Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Main St., Essex, where family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share remembrances with Cindy’s family. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 82 Main St., Essex, MA 01929. For directions and to leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.