Lloyd Washburn Sylvester

Jan 13, 2014

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Lloyd Washburn Sylvester, 96, passed away Jan. 7. He was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Belfast a son of Vivian and Evangeline (Washburn) Sylvester.

He lived most of his life in Searsport, a town he loved. He graduated from the Brick High School in Searsport at 15. He played the piano at his graduation, at 18 he joined the Camden Civilian Conservation Choir. He was stationed at Fort Williams in Portland, Maine. The boys worked hard clearing land, building roads and parks. The work was done mostly by hand. The pay was $20 a month. The boys were paid $5 and $15 was sent home to help the parents, although Lloyd’s parents could have used the money they put it in the bank, so Lloyd could attend a Electronic School in California when he returned home from C.C.C’s. He went to Californian by bus, where he attended “Radio Engineers School.” After he graduated he got a job at Lockeed Aircraft in California. Later he moved to Hollywood where he worked various jobs.

After returning home he worked with McKay’s Construction when the government decided to build the Army Air Force Tank. He was a surveyors rod man until all the facilities were plotted and laid out. He later opened Lloyd’s Electronic Shop in Searsport, which wasn’t very successful. He was a member of Sears Lodge and the Rebecca’s for many years. He played the piano at many events there. He was a member of the Searsport Historical Society. He also was a Boy Scout Leader. He sang tenor in the Belfast Choral Society. He attended the Searsport Full Gospel Church for many years. He also was an usher there for many years. He seldom missed a church service. He was a wonderful husband and father. He was never known to say an unkind word about anyone. He was an avid reader. He worked in the Searsport Post Office for 26 years as Post Master, Mail Sorter and Desk Clerk. He also worked as a substitute mail carrier.

He is survived by his wife Millie (Merry) Sylvester; five sons Paul, David, Daniel and Nell, Michael and Pat, Peter and Sandra; grandchildren Jeremy, Samantha and John, Henry and Sinjta, Joshua and Cindy, Kathleen and Chris, Rachael, Matthew and Marc; great-grandchildren John, Maria, Madison, Noah, Orien, Azurah, Phineas, Keira, Cameron, Devon, Austin and Zishe. He was predeceased by one brother Alan Sylvester, and two aunts Mary and Sadie.

His request is to be cremated under the loving care of Young Funeral Home in Searsport. In keeping with Lloyd’s wishes there will be no funeral services.

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