Robert Joseph "Bob" Sylvain Sr.

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NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. and MARATHON, Fla. - Bob Sylvain, 79, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013. He was born Sept. 22, 1933, the sixth of seven children to Elisa (Thibodeau) and J.S. Henry Sylvain. His siblings were brothers, Guilford, Donald and Leo and sisters, Rena Tardiff, Leta Hebert Ryder and Trudi York Rutherford.

Bob was a graduate of Winslow High School and the University of Maine, and a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. In 1963 he married Deborah S. Caldwell of Farmingdale. Bob was well known for his beautiful singing voice, his bright blue eyes and his love of life. His lifelong love of sailing led him to live on his boat, the Brigadoon, in Marathon, Fla., for half the year. He sailed the coast from Maine to Florida and the Caribbean. His memory will be cherished by family and friends. His rolling laughter still echoes on Sugarloaf Mountain.

He is survived by two sons, John S.H. Sylvain II of Los Angeles and Robert J. Sylvain Jr. of Portland; and four grandchildren, Robert Yogi Wenk Sylvain, Suzanna McCue Sylvain, John McCue Sylvain and Lilyette McCue Sylvain. He also leaves two stepsons, Aaron Carine and Gregg Carine; two sisters, Rena and Leta; and 38 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Bob's name be made to Brigham and Women's Hospital Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 5th floor Boston, MA 02116. A memorial will be held 1 p.m. July 28, at Reid State Park, Georgetown.
Published in BDN Maine on June 24, 2013
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