Leroy E. Sylvester, 87: Enjoyed driving, cooking

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FREEPORT — Leroy Edmond “Grampa Roy” Sylvester, 87, died July 19 in Portland with many family members at his side.

Born in North Yarmouth on March 12, 1922, he was a son of Everlina (Getchell) and J. Warren Sylvester.

He worked for the Royal River Packing Co., the Grand Trunk Railroad and the Civilian Conservation Corps before serving in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1945.

On Nov. 8, 1943, he married Beverly York Merrill in South Portland.

After his discharge from the Army, he spent his career behind the wheel, retiring from Nelson Freightways in 1971. He continued working full-time, with Hertz and later for Pape Chevrolet until very recently.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and and the Family Christian Fellowship in Topsham. Reading the Bible, cooking, driving and doing crossword puzzles provided him with pleasure.

He was predeceased by his wife Beverly, his son Leroy Edmond Sylvester II, his daughter Linda Sylvester, his granddaughter April, and five brothers, Milton, Richard, Norman, Kenneth and Raymond.

Surviving are his two daughters, Marilyn Lee White and Elizabeth Diane Brown; seven grandchildren, Wendy, Kimberly, Susan, Deborah, Todd, Lauren and Alton; several great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Evelyn Sylvester and Hazel Sylvester; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held last week.

Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

A memorial can be viewed and condolences shared with the Sylvester family at www.mem.com.

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