Sharon Gibson Palermo
Palermo, Sharon Gibson, a long-time resident of Halifax, died on Tuesday, the 5th of March, 2019, at Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre.
Born in 1947 in Philadelphia, Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts from Boston University and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Mount Saint Vincent University. She was a beloved educator of young children and a renowned children’s and young adult book author. Her works, The Lie That Had to Be, Chestnuts for the Brave, I Am Hilda Burrows, and Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow have been enjoyed by multitudes of families. She was a Chair of the Nova Scotia Writers’ Federation as well as an Honorary Life Member, and was on the Board of the Canadian Paraplegic Association.
Sharon enjoyed reading, writing, photography, nature, and spending time at the cottage she and her husband treasured in Freeport, on the Bay of Fundy. She is survived by her husband, Francesco Palermo, her sons, Adam of Boston and Mark of Halifax, her daughter-in-law, Rebecca, and her grandson, Nicholas, as well as her sisters, Joyce Crandall of Salt Lake City, and Kathleen Gibson of Houston, and her brother, Darryl Gibson of Pennsylvania.
Friends, family, and others whose lives were touched by Sharon are invited to attend a service on Friday, March 8, from 12pm to 2pm at The Atlantic Funeral Home at 6552 Bayers Road in Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award and Society. Online condolences may be made by visiting the Halifax chapel at www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com