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Cynthia Ellen Shortt

August 19, 1954 ~ March 4, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Cynthia Shortt Tribute

Cynthia Ellen Shortt, born August 19th,1954 peacefully passed away on March 4, 2024 during a brief hospice stay at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington Connecticut, surrounded by her loving family.  

Cindy was a beautiful child who grew up alongside her parents, Mary and John and her five siblings on their beloved farm on Roxbury Road in Southbury, Connecticut. She was blessed to live out her youth and later many adult years on the farm living and caring for family. She was also blessed to live right next door to her lifelong friends, Mrs. Patrick and her daughters, Donna (McKenna) and Lynn Patrick and later, Sandy Blum joined their trio! Cindy graduated Southbury High School and soon after made a career for herself in the service industry. She began at Southbury Food Center, where she was adored by her customers & co-workers. It was there, she met Pamela Gillette, who became not only her  friend but her sister-in-law as well. She had many siblings  and would later form strong lifelong bonds with their spouses. Cindy welcomed them all into the family. Her infectious smile, thoughtfulness, and buoyant laugh paired well with the great Italian food she served up at Napolitano’s Pizza Villa. She worked there for several years as the ultimate waitress, offering her genuine friendship and becoming more a part of the family to both her customers and staff. Years later, she was promoted as the restaurant's manager, a role which brought her spirit to life. She made Pizza Villa run like a well oiled machine for many more years, all while leading a staff that adored her. Her lifetime friend, Donna recalled “Your Aunt Cindy loved to go to work, even on a hot summer weekend. She would lounge with friends and family by the pool all day and still go off to work with pride and a smile.” To her, work was her second family, she genuinely mattered and touched the lives of so many that came to her for a job.Her work gave her a real feeling of purpose, but her soul purpose was steeped in FAMILY. She dearly loved her family, she lived for  getting everyone together, and would make her own efforts if need be, (even if busy herself)   to travel & pick up a relative, just to  reunite so many others who normally wouldn’t  get to see each other otherwise,  even if only for a day. The word "family” would  take on a whole other meaning to her when her first niece Aimee, was born. Though Cindy was only a teenager at the time, from that point on, she would forever be known as AUNT Cindy to all of the many nephews, nieces and extended family who loved her. Cindy’s heart had no limits that way. She welcomed everyone with delight, plainly saying “The more the merrier.”

She loved waitressing, but really she loved to serve, period. In service, she lived life fully from her heart, she lived to be generous and make life kinder brighter and less difficult for others. She gave of herself in any way she could. She was truly unique because she wanted everyone included; i.e. she didn’t believe in excluding others and always wanted everyone to feel they had a place; be it at the kitchen table for coffee and a heart to heart, or telling another to bring a towel for a dip in her pool. At the drop of a hat she would invite family to immediately come live with her when they needed without question. Cindy was all inclusive, and welcomed everyone to her famous cookouts, pool parties, or a holiday meal that she, her mother and sister-in-laws would spend all day cooking. She was one who never turned anyone away, especially family. Her heart and door always stood open. She was a peacemaker, and she loved to bridge a gap, reconnecting others through her right up till her final moment.  

Cindy loved to drive. She would say to her niece or nephew, "So, I thought we would take a little ride,” always to someplace special and fun. Being with Aunt Cindy always felt that way, just special and fun. She loved to travel: Aruba, Barbados, Florida, Ireland, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, NYC to see Broadway plays, even Tortola. She  always made time to travel around CT to visit with relatives. When her sister Barbara and Frank moved to NH with their kids, Cindy saw that as a chance to stay more connected with longer chats on phone and visits. She spent so much time visiting family in NH, with lots of laughs, great meals, shopping, sightseeing, welcoming newborn babies into the family, and celebrating graduations etc. She came to celebrate and have a great time & whenever family needed her. She made it possible for her mother Mary to be able to visit family, special places, and that the cousins had a way to stay connected despite any zipcode. She loved to sit and listen to her brothers tell their stories around the kitchen table laughing to tears with their mother. She ensured family always felt her presence and her nurturing. She diligently cared for her mother and many others in the family with cancer through in-home hospice at the farmhouse.An ordinary day with Cindy always held just a little magic and she made everyone around her feel they could always talk, confide, and be listened to with her whole heart. She made everyone feel important whether she knew you for five minutes or forever. She beamed with joy and pride when she watched family achieve success or overcome hard things.

In her later years, she met John Post. John says “Cindy gave me more love than I  had ever known. I loved Cindy more than anything or anyone else in this world.” Together, they shared 13 years of love, laughs, great meals, conversations, favorite tv shows and yes, she still loved to go for a ride. It was well known that she could hold her own negotiating with a car dealer or salesman! Cindy had a “cool factor” as John put it. She loved her hometown of Southbury, her family, the ocean, the sand and sunny seacoast beaches,  visiting her niece and great niece and nephews in Hampton Beach, sitting in the sun on the “veranda” to drink coffee with family,  taking walks, taking pictures of loved ones, her lifelong  friends, summer picnics, cookouts, music, (esp. Natalie Merchant, Bob Seger ,Aerosmith, & especially, Led Zeppelin’s  Stairway to Heaven) reading James Patterson novels, crime dramas, every holiday, swimming, outdoors, clementines,  and the farm.She loved her animals, Pierre,Tiko, and Jeter. She loved to make a home, redecorate rooms,and refurbish furniture.Towards the end of her life, she was overjoyed to attend her nephew Joey’s wedding to Alyssa with  John feeling pretty in her purple dress and John in his suit and tie. She loved talking to her nieces and nephews which she did almost daily,  chatting on the phone with her brother Jackie and visiting her brother Joe with Pam before his recent passing. She leaves behind her longtime partner, John Post of Waterbury, CT, their beloved cat Jeter, her siblings, John Shortt (Sally) of Nashua, NH, Barbara (Frank) DeForest of NH, Eugene (Danielle) of PA. She was predeceased by her brother’s Joseph and David Shortt (Patricia) in 2019 and 2023. Her lifelong best friends: Donna McKenna (Kevin),Lynn Patrick, and Sandy Blum, Pamela Gillette  and many nieces,nephews, great nieces,great nephews: Aimee (Carter),Timothy, Melanie, Michael,(Nicole) Melanie, Nicole, Joey (Alyssa),Carey (Paul), Jennifer ( Sean)  John, Beth, Eugene,Tierra and Lisa (Brandon) She leaves behind many great nieces & nephews, Michael, Elizabeth, Stone, Caiden, Anthony, Julie, Cameron, Logan, Alissa, Andrea, Riley, Connor, Lainey Paige, Tori, Cheney, Emerly, Hattie, Malloy, Henry, Madalynn, Audrey, Michelle, ,Jason, and Cody. She had numerous additional Shortt relatives, uncles, cousins that she loved and was proud to call family as well.

 Her final few days were spent with wonderful hospice care, constant family and friends alongside her bed, many reuniting through Cindy, all thanking her, reliving memories, sharing timeless photos, laughing, crying, with prayers and calls from family and friends, not near and listening to her favorite “Stairway to Heaven.” 

Her joyous “Hiiiiii Hon” and her long deep hugs that made everything better will forever be missed. 

A goodbye from Cindy on the phone or in person was always the very same way. I believe she leaves us saying it once more. 

 ”Well, very good. Well, I should get going now, give my love to EVERYBODY, and we’ll talk soon.” Ok  “ Bye, Hon!” Mwah, Mwah…Mwaahhh!”

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