Pat St. Cyr
Pat St. Cyr, longtime resident, owner of three Sanibel Island stores, and a recognized artist, passed away July 1, 2013, following a long illness. She was 82 years old.
She was married for 56 years to Joseph L. St. Cyr, noted island architect. The couple were active in arts programs, wildlife conservation, and preservation of the island’s physical integrity. He died Nov. 25, 2008.
Their son, Joseph F. St. Cyr is a resident of Orange City, Fla.
Over the years, Mrs. St. Cyr owned and operated Toys Ahoy, The Paper Trader, and I Spy, a women’s boutique. In addition, she created many works of art that won recognition in juried shows in southwest Florida and elsewhere.
Mrs. St. Cyr was the second daughter of Adelaide and Frank Scanlon of Dearborn, Mich. Her older sister, Rosemary, died May 10, 2013 in Nantucket, Mass. Her younger sister, Denise, lives in Tennessee with her husband Rudolph.
Mrs. St. Cyr is also survived by her nieces and nephews Kristen, Loren and Curtiss Brock and Nicholas, Matthew and Gina Difazio.
At age 16, Mrs. St. Cyr began a baccalaureate program at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich. She transferred after two years to the Society of Arts and Craft in Detroit, a school dedicated to fine art and craft. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Wayne State University in Detroit.
She taught elementary, junior high, high school, and college art in the Detroit area for many years, before deciding to spend full time in her home studio producing ceramics. She developed a lung condition from clay dust, which prompted her to turn to other art forms.
Mrs. St. Cyr and her husband first visited Sanibel on their honeymoon in 1952. They purchased two Sanibel Mooring condominiums shortly after. The condos were sold when the family moved to a St. Cyr-designed home on Anchor Drive.
Mrs. St. Cyr opened Toys Ahoy on Sanibel in 1976, while still residing in Livonia, Mich. In 1978, she opened a second Toys Ahoy in Saugatuck, a resort community in wesernt Michigan. In 1983, she opened the first I Spy in Saugatuck.
In 1984, she opened the second I Spy in Sanibel. In 1986, she opened The Paper Trader on Sanibel.
Ultimately, Mrs. St. Cyr sold Toys Ahoy and The Paper Trader to concentrate her efforts on I Spy, which embodied her concept that clothing and jewelry were art items.
An animal lover, there was always a dog on the premises and usually a cat as well.
She came home one afternoon with an all-white declawed shelter cat. She took it to the veterinarian for a general check-up and was given the news that the cat was in very good health, but about due to deliver kittens. Her single rescue produced an additional four, part-Maine Coon cats that became part of the family.
Following Mr. St. Cyr’s death in November 2008, missing her long time partner, Mrs. St. Cyr maintained a low profile in the community.
A memorial is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, on the west side of the last barrier island beach before Sanibel.