Sharon Gibson Palermo

1/5/1947 - 3/5/2019

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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

Sharon Gibson Palermo

Funeral Details

  • Time of Remembrance

    Atlantic Funeral Home Halifax

    Event Times:

    3/8/2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Posted by Heather Prime | 4/17/2019

This is such a shock to me. I just heard about it today, April 17th. I had been laid up with my knee Feb and most of March, but didn’t even see it on Facebook. I will certainly miss her and her smile. She so loved watching her birds from her home here on the Island., overlooking Bay of Fundy. I use to visit and have tea with her at her home here in Freeport. She use to get me to bake for her whenever she and Frank were having company, I will miss that along with her chats! My condolences to you Frank and family and please let me know if there’s anything that I can do whenever you come to the Island Rest In Peace my friend...🙏🌹❤️ Heather Prime, Freeport N.S.

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Posted by Jeannie Williams | 3/20/2019

Oh Frank, I just found out today of Sharon’s passing, my heart is so sad. I met Sharon in 2007 when I became her hairstylist. Over the years we shared many special times and I can say for sure I will miss the authentic beautiful women that she was. I will miss our friendship. She touched my life in a big way. Please know I’m thinking of you all. With love, and honour Jeannie Williams

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