Tribute to Sylvia Rhind

In Memoriam  Sylvia Rhind 1940 - 2013 

Tribute to Sylvia Rhind - 1940-2013 

“I first met Sylvia in my teaching days at James Cook High School. We worked together in many science and health based areas and I always appreciated her sharp intellect, clear thinking and dry wit. 

She joined Quota soon after I did and during her years in our Club she was President (2002 - 2003) convenor of the Antiques Fair for several years and chaired the Audiology Scholarship panel. She was very committed to Quota and joined Pam, Kath and others to travel to International Convention in New Orleans. 

In her later years, after she moved from Papakura to Maraetai, the distance, along with Sylvia’s failing health, meant she was unable to continue as a member. 

Anyone driving along the beachfront at Maraetai can’t miss the huge mural that Sylvia commissioned beside the home she shared with her much loved husband Elgin until he died some years ago. 

The mural reinforces the fact that Sylvia was multi-faceted and multi-talented. She loved art, the environment, animals, music (Sylvia set up the Papakura School of Music), sport, including swimming, sailing and the outdoors, and travel. She had many years of community involvement in other areas as well, including serving on the Rosehill College Board of Trustees. 

Sylvia’s precious daughters, (Felicity, Kate and Nikki and their families) all spoke movingly about their mother at a fitting farewell at Omana Park overlooking the Waitemata Harbour on a scorchingly hot and perfectly still afternoon this week.  Kath and I and members of Quota International of Papakura felt privileged to say farewell to a wonderful warm, caring and giving lady.” 


Jan Rhodes