May 30, 1964 – December 18, 2023

Sheila Kennedy Bryant

Global Traveler.  Entrepreneur.  Humanitarian.

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” 

– Psalms 139:7-12

Sheila Kennedy Bryant
Sheila Kennedy Bryant

Nicknamed “Sunshine,” Sheila had deep faith and spread light wherever she went.  With a magnetic smile and a kind heart, she was beautiful inside and out.  After a heroic battle with colon cancer, she passed away peacefully at her family home in St. Albans, New York on Monday, December 18, 2023.  During her last days, she was surrounded by a sea of love from family and friends.  As she took her last breath, she was holding her mother’s hand and we choose to believe she was greeted by her father on the other side.  She died as she lived – fearlessly, with heart and grace.  

We will honor Sheila in various ways.  First, we have launched this tribute website – a place to learn more about Sheila, view pictures of her life in the gallery, receive updates, share your comments, and contact the family.  If you have photos of or with Sheila that you would like to share, please reach out to us.  We will continue to add to the gallery.  Since Sheila preferred warm weather,  we will hold a celebration of life in the spring when the birds and butterflies are out to play.  At that time, we will plant a tree in her honor.  Details will be provided through this website.  In May, around what would have been Sheila’s 60th birthday, the family will gather in Southern California, where she lived for many years, to spread her ashes in the ocean.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Inner Dignity, the organization Sheila was in the process of co-founding with her mother, sister, and nephew.  The mission is to use arts and media to empower people of color, support their mental wellbeing, and promote cross-cultural understanding.  It is inspired by her parents’ work around the world and the Inner Dignity program her mother founded in the 1960’s.  About a month before going into the hospital, Sheila gave her comments on the organization’s new website design and the online course in development.  Her insights will continue to be infused in the work we do.  Details will be released soon on how to support this initiative.

Just as Psalms 139:7-12 speaks to His Spirit being everywhere, Sheila is now with us everywhere as our angel, “Sunshine.”  Whenever you see the sun shining or trying to break through the clouds, think of Sheila and remember to inspire someone with her favorite farewell, “Make a great day!”  We are incredibly blessed to have had Sheila in our lives.  Her light will continue to shine bright through her positive impact on the world, the memories in our hearts, and the sunshine we radiate in her honor.