One ‘spark’ lit many flames

Linda "Sparky" Mortimer, the owner of Sparkytown, passed away in her sleep Monday morning.

Linda "Sparky" Mortimer, the owner of Sparkytown, passed away in her sleep Monday morning. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— The owner of a local restaurant and a well-known promoter of Syracuse, Linda "Sparky" Mortimer, passed away Sunday night in her home. She was 57.


Song of the Soul

Community members gather to honor the life and legacy of 'Sparky' Mortimer, and break out in song.

In your words

"Sparky was an amazing woman and my friend. I'm so glad to have known her and so sad to hear of her passing." -Vivian Babuts, Facebook

"Sparky Mortimer ...one of the friends that made life better she worked hard played hard loved deeply and can never be replaced. We will miss you forever and hope your next "Sparkytown" in the sky will be open for business when we get there love you ." -Maureen Hogle, Facebook

"sorry to hear this sad news. my thoughts are with her family and those closest to her. i ate there once. it was good and she was amazing. she had more life in her then i have seen in ten people combined.she is an amazing person! she is in a good place then we are:) RIP Sparky" -Josh Wicks, Facebook

We welcome comments and memories of "Sparky" on our Facebook page here and via email. Please contact Amanda Wada at awada@eaglenewson...

A candlelit vigil was held in her honor Monday. Entire generations gathered to honor her life and gather around the sadness of her death. Many candles, lit from the flame of another, flickered in reverence of the life and legacy of “Sparky” Mortimer.

Sparky Town is located at 324 Burnett Ave. On an otherwise underdeveloped street, the light and warmth from the small restaurant radiated well beyond the small city corner it occupied. “Sparky, ”with her warmth and generosity, touched many lives.

“Sparky was always really good to our community and really tried to do everything she could to build it up,” said Dan McMaster, a regular patron of Sparky Town who attended the vigil.

Tears were shed, hugs were shared, but song was the most notable sound of the evening as the voices of the large crowd came together under the tender melody of ‘Song of the Soul’.

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