Frank P. Sylvester Jr., 97: Enjoyed wood carving, learning to use email

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BATH — Frank P. Sylvester Jr., 97, died July 27 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

Born in Bath on Sept. 6, 1913, the youngest of four children of Frank and Annie (McCabe) Sylvester, he was raised and educated Bath, and graduated from Morse High School in 1933.

On May 28, 1938, he married the light and love of his life, Margery Florence Lemont, of Bath.  

Soon after they moved to South Carolina for a brief time while he worked in a shipyard. After returning to Maine, they lived in Kittery while he worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Eventually they moved back to Bath and he was hired at Bath Iron Works as a loftsman in January 1947. He retired from BIW as a leading man in January 1978.

He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, boating and traveling with Margery.  They also enjoyed spending time at their summer cottage on Southport Island with friends and family.

In his spare time, he enjoyed wood carving and won many awards for his wild bird carvings.  He learned to use the internet and e-mail, and enjoyed sharing jokes and correspondence with friends and relatives.

Surviving are his wife of 73 years, Margery; son Stevan of Portland, daughter-in-law Ellen Howe Ballou of Bath, daughter Ann Harford and husband Rick of Edgecomb, sister-in-law Fran Young and husband Arthur of Bath; nieces and nephews Roger and Joanne Young, Gail and George Cann, Betsy and Rob Jordan, all of Florida, Julie and Nick Raccioppi of Woolwich; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Memorial services were held earlier this week.

Arrangements are by David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath.  
Donations may be made in his memory to Boothbay Region Humane Society, Inc., P.O. Box 7 Edgecomb, ME  04556.

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