Manuel David Sylvester of East Falmouth died at home on September 6. Mr. Sylvester, 64, had recently been diagnosed with cancer.
The son of Manuel Sylvester of East Falmouth and Constance Maderios of Plymouth, he was raised in Buzzards Bay. He was a 1973 graduate of Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne.
Mr. Sylvester joined the United States Army at the age of 17 and served as a paratrooper as his father had also done.
After spending 11 years in Alaska, six of which were during his military service, he moved back to Falmouth to be closer to his family and to raise his daughter, Nicole, as a single father.
He was the husband of Audrey (Poulos) Sylvester; they were married on June 24, 2000.
Mr. Sylvester worked as a chef and a fence installer before joining Cape & Island Tennis and Track in Pocasset, a company that designs and builds tennis courts and running tracks.
“If a running track is planed, David Sylvester supervises the surfacing crew,” company owner and Bourne resident Gordon N. Pierce said during a 1996 interview with the Enterprise. Refusing to take credit for the company’s success, Mr. Pierce said, “The talent possessed by our workers is the reason for our reputation; they’re artists.”
Mr. Sylvester became an accomplished installation team manager at the company and remained there for more than 29 years.
In addition to his wife and parents, he leaves his siblings, Betty Gendron of East Falmouth, Kathy Shea of Centerville and William Silvers of Bourne; two daughters, Nicole Gould of Washington and Rachel Robert of Wareham; six grandchildren, Caleb Ellis and Alexander Ellis, both of Wareham, and Brenden Gould, Micah Gould, Taryn Gould and Tinlee Wilson, all of Washington; and other family.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
Interment will be Thursday with a 10 AM procession from Falmouth High School to Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne to arrive at 11:15 and service with military honors to begin at 11:30.