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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass -- Funeral services celebrating the life of Robert P. Sylvester, 71, of \Walnut Street were held Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sandi Rehe officiating.

Mrs. Robin Kibler was the organist. Preceding the service, Williams Lodge A.F.& A.M. conducted a memorial service for their departed brother with Robert Y. Burns as worshipful master and Robert W. Murdock as chaplain.

The honor guard was Richard F. Daniels, Donald H. Kleiner, Fred C. Perry, Jr., Craig A. Pedercini, David R. Woodruff, Lawrence G. Herron, Richard Johnson, Frank L. Wellcome and Kevin P. Hamel.

Mountain Chapter #137 Order of the Eastern Star were also represented at the funeral.

Words of Remembrance were given by Betsy Hobson for the family. Stacy Sylvester read a poem, “In your dash,” and Harold R. Montgomery a friend also read a poem.

Burial followed in the family lot in Eastlawn Cemetery with full military honors in recognition of Mr. Sylvester’s service in the U.S. Marine Corp. in the Korean War. The Richard A. Ruether Post #152 was in charge with Howard D. Oakes, sergeant at arms, and Herbert H. Palmer, chaplain.

J. Michael Kennedy, Williamstown’s Veterans Agent, and Gary E. Walsh folded the flag, which was presented to Mrs. Joanne C. Sylvester by Gary E. Walsh.

The honor guard for the Legion were Henry E. Bratcher, Jr., Roger J. Dennett, Anita J. Hanlon, Richard W. Babcock, Harold R. Montgomery, George D. Sylvester, Rolland Roy, Dorothy Stone Blake, Norman A. Burdick, and John Richard.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8304 of Williamstown furnished the firing squad, Robert A. Sweet Commander, Richard J. Peterson and Frank J. Nolan.

Taps were played by Ronald D. Whitney.

Following the services a reception for family and friends was held at the Williams Inn.

The George M. Hopkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Wendy Kipp read the scriptures.

Bearers were Brian A. Sweet, grandson, Brian Agaman, James Sylvester, James Stewart, Joseph Sylvester, Andrew Bernardy, Jeffrey Sylvester, Jonathan Sylvester, Charles Churchill nephews and Paul Streeter, friend.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 17, 2003
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