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Remembering Tori: Kindness rocks comfort bereaved Shelburne County mother

Cindy Symonds holds one of many kindness rocks in honour of her daughter, Tori. The 22-year-old died in February from injuries after being thrown from an ATV.
Cindy Symonds holds one of many kindness rocks in honour of her daughter, Tori. The 22-year-old died in February from injuries after being thrown from an ATV.

SHELBURNE COUNTY - The grieving mother of a vivacious 22-year-old woman who died in January says she continues to be comforted by family and friends.

Kindness rocks were left (anonymously) in honour of the late Tori Symonds at several local stores in Shelburne County.

Tori Brooke Symonds died from serious injuries after being thrown from an ATV in Welshtown, Shelburne County.

“The outpouring of generosity from family and friends has been a godsend,” said Tori’s mother, Cindy. But the kindness she’s received has also been provided from complete strangers.

“Sunday morning as I was having one of the worse days since her passing I was texted by a very good friend, Angie Enslow. She asked me if I could stop by the store ASAP,” said Symonds.

Enslow works at the Shelburne Needs Convenience Store and when Symonds and her oldest daughter, Heaven, arrived they found many hand-painted stones in memory of Tori.

Enslow told Symonds that a “beautiful lady” came in with the rocks and asked if she could leave them there to be passed out.

“We have no idea who this loving woman is but I want her to know that she brightened my day,” said Symonds, who found out later that more painted stones honouring Tori had been left at the Barrington Needs Store.

“My ‘Saltwater Princess’ touched everyone, thank you from the bottom of my broken heart to the unknown painter,” said Symonds.

Kindness rocks were left (anonymously) in honour of the late Tori Symonds at several local stores in Shelburne County.

Tori loved the outdoors: going lobstering, biking and boating, hanging out with friends and going for drives in her truck. Friends described her as a “backwoods beauty queen” with a smile that could brighten everyone’s day.

This summer, the truck mud run at the Shelburne exhibition will be in memory of Tori. Friends are also launching the Tori Brooke Symonds Mixed Softball Tournament, June 2-4 in Shelburne, in hopes of signing up 16 teams.

Photos of Tori will be displayed on the big screen at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival in P.E.I.

Friends and relatives have been hash tagging all of their memory pictures and videos on social media, with #NoAdventureWithoutYou #SaltwaterPrincess #ToriBrookeSymonds.

There is also a Facebook page set up for tattoos in memory of Tori, including one that her mother had tattooed on her forearm.

“This little town has a great big heart and I would like to thank everyone for their support,” said Symonds, who has also received condolences from residents in Florida, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Websites and Facebook pages in honour of Tori

Tori's Memorial Tattoos
Baseball Tournament in memory of Tori

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