Chesterville Bowling Lanes co-owner suffered brain aneurysm in Cancun last week
Nation Valley News
CHESTERVILLE — Shari Boyd passed away in Mexico this morning, just as big-hearted locals were organizing a new fundraiser to assist her and spouse Ron Robinson — who managed to get to her bedside in Cancun this week while she was still alive.
In Cancun with a few friends for a dream vacation, Boyd suffered a brain aneurysm Feb. 28 — early on the morning of the day she was supposed to fly home. The trip was a rare time apart from her partner, who remained behind to run Chesterville Bowling Lanes, the business that Boyd and Robison have owned for the last dozen years.
Her death was announced by a friend, Eugene Desrosiers of Cornwall, in a Facebook post shared to the Bowling Lanes’ page this morning by Robinson’s niece, Amy Michaud.
Other friends of Shari Boyd were just starting to organize a fundraiser dance to assist the couple. It initially appears the event — March 31 at the Chesterville Legion — may still proceed. “Unfortunately as business owners … they have had to close their business and incur a significant loss of income. This benefit dance will help them with that aspect of this devastating situation,” organizers of the benefit dance wrote on the Facebook event page.
Despite not having a passport earlier in the week, Robinson acquired one quickly, travelling to Mexico yesterday with a couple of extended family members. His partner remained in critical condition and about to undergo her second surgery around the time he arrived, according to Michaud.
Chesterville Bowling Lanes was closed so he could make the unexpected trip, and the business remains closed at the moment.
Today would have been youth bowling, Michaud pointed out. “There’s going to be a lot of sad parents having to explain why this is to their kids.”
While Boyd did have insurance, Robinson told Nation Valley News earlier this week that they had to pay in advance for the healthcare she was receiving in Mexico. Seventy-five hundred dollars was required to get her into the operating room, he said.
A gofundme campaign set up March 1 by a friend, Danielle Nash, has generated over $24,000 toward a $30,000 goal.
“Shari is out of surgery and the doctor said it went well, she still has a long ways to go though so keep praying!” the crowd-funding campaign page reported in an update posted three days ago.