Cynthia Ann Greenfield

December 23, 1939 - December 18, 2018
Cynthia Ann Greenfield


It comes with deep sadness that our beloved Cynthia Ann Greenfield left her loving family on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Cynthia was born December 23rd, 1939 in New York City to the late Anne and Anson Shevlin. Cynthia moved to Vermont with her husband and founded one of the most famous ski areas in the northeast, Glen Ellen. She then moved to Manhattan and worked for years for Skadden, Arps law firm. Cynthia and Paul retired to Wilmington, NC to enjoy a warmer climate and have resided for 15 years. Cynthia was a longtime resident at the Knolls in New Fairfield, CT spanning over 4 decades of spectacular summers with her parents, her children and her grandchildren. All three generations attended the children’s camp of which Cynthia was the director for many years. Cynthia also acted as the entertainment director while her husband Paul was acting President.
She took great pride and love of her community and always spoke fondly of her memories.

Cynthia is survived by her husband Paul, sister Patricia, brother Kevin, daughters Tracie and Dawn, step children Nancy and Michael, grandchildren Alixandre, Zachary, Christopher, Sophia, Dylan, Lia, Mia, Jade and also a great grandson Elliott.
Cynthia will be sadly missed and there will be a huge void in the lives that she touched. We love you always and forever.

In honor of Cynthia’s memory and with much appreciation from the family, contributions to MDS Foundation may be made via www.tmcfunding.com.

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  • December 29, 2018
    Carolyn (Carrie) Gengo says:
    I have so many memories of Cynthia and her daughters, Tracie and Dawn who were my best friends in high school from 1979 -1981. We all lived on the 11th floor of 165 West End Ave in NYC, just 2 doors apart. It was because of them that I finally found a decent high school to attend. She recommended Source Academy where her daughters attended, which was literally 3 blocks away. Every day Tracie, Dawn and I walked to school together. It was a memorable routine. Cynthia was a great mother figure for me as I did not live with my mother at the time and it was comforting to see my good friends have a mother who a wonderful role model for us all. She extended herself in many ways to me and my twin sister, Kathy, often doing things that moms do with their daughters like shopping, cooking and in particular help with college applications. She put together in such beautiful order all my applications, with essays and forms and helped my family make sense of such a complicated task-way before computers and the internet. I still have copies of what she organized for me. It was a tremendous help. I loved popping over to their apartment whenever i wanted, the door was always open. Her apartment was always beautiful as Cynthia had a wonderful eye and talent for decorating and just overall creativeness that also stemmed into fashion, as she was always dressed in the trends of the moment; talents passed on to her daughters who took it to the next level- Tracie with style, fashion, interior design and cooking, and Dawn with fashion design/sewing and make-up design. Stepping into their apartment was like stepping into "The House of Elliott-Greenfield" - sophisticated, fashion-forward style with elegance and edge. I learned a lot of what I know from that apartment, with Cynthia as the matriarch. Later on in my life Cynthia was present to help and give advice for my wedding. Of course I trusted all her ideas She ended up creating and printing my wedding invitations which were exquisite. I love that I have that memory of her. I remember going down to her office on 57th street to pick up the invitations. She worked in the same office building that my father, Larry Gengo had worked in for years. There were a lot of connections in many ways. I remember seeing her on that day and was struck by how beautiful she looked that afternoon and so incredibly fashionably put together. NO ONE looked like her, except Tracie who was in a league of her own. So these are just some of my memories, I won't mention the ones where she acted as a "real" mom when we all got into trouble, and I know Tracie and Dawn know what I'm talking about LOL. I'm sure she was laid to rest in a Chanel suit or the like, but I am more sure she is resting in peace knowing that she left behind a glowing legacy in her family.

  • March 15, 2021
    Edythe (DeeDee) Mariani Comito says:
    I came across Cynthia’s Obituary completely by accident. My sincere condolences to Pat and Kevin and all the family.