Waterford - Salvatore "Sal" Sylvester, 83, of 41 Tiffany Ave., Waterford, entered eternal life on June 23, 2009, in the company of his loving family.
He was born March 7, 1926, in New London, the son of the late Joseph and Lena (Spinnato) Sylvester.
Sal was a seaman second class in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was united in marriage to the former Veronica Machnicki on May 6, 1950, in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church; Mrs. Sylvester survives him.
Sal owned and operated the former Sylvester's Texaco Service Station on Colman Street in New London for over 50 years. He was a member of the Booster Club of Waterford and coached in Waterford Little League. He was a member of the New London Country Club and served on the board of trustees, was a life member of the New London Lodge of Elks and the Knights of Columbus Seaside Council #17. He served as Scout Master for Troop #36 and was a member of the Sons of Italy. Sal could be found just about every morning at McDonald's on Boston Post Road, Waterford, having coffee with friends. They were known as the "McDonalds Breakfast Club."
Besides his beloved wife of 59 years, he is survived by three children, Salvatore Sylvester Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Waterford, David Sylvester and his wife, Sherry, of Middletown, Pamela and her husband, William Poirier, of Quaker Hill; two siblings, Charles Sylvester and his wife, Helen, of Waterford, Johnana and her husband, Julian Emilyta, of Oakdale; seven grandchildren, Scott Straub and wife, Christina, Michael, Bryan, Jadon, and Noah Sylvester, Nicholas Poirier and his wife, Courtney, Lena Wright and husband, David; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Faith, and Riley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Elizabeth Allen and Mary Davis.
A special thanks to all the nurses at Greetree Manor as well all the staff at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital on the Fifth Floor. Sal requests his family and friends honor his last wish; all funeral services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in his memory to the charity dear to your heart.
The Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London, is assisting the family.