Obituary of James N. Sylvester
James N. Sylvester, 79, of Port Orange, Florida, entered eternal rest on Monday, July 8 surrounded by his family loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, the former Anelaine Potkul.
Born in Scranton, on January 13, 1940, he was the son of the late James and Louise Provini Sylvester and was a 1959 graduate of West Scranton High School. Jim proudly served our country with the US Army during the Korean War. For over thirty years, he worked as railroad engineer, retiring from New Jersey Transit. In 2002, he and his family moved from Hopatcong, New Jersey to Port Orange, Florida. Jim was a parishioner of Holy Cross Eastern Orthodox Church, Ormond Beach, Florida. In retirement, Jim was an avid golfer, baseball enthusiast, had a vast collection of coins, and enjoyed playing cards with his many friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, James and Jon, both of Port Orange, FL; a sister, Carol Garminga and a sister-in-law Theresa Sylvester, both of Scranton; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis and Dominick.
Family and friends are invited to attend Jim’s funeral service, which will be held on Monday at 10:30 am in the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St. Taylor, with service by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Mark Leasure, St. George’s Orthodox Church, Taylor. Interment St. George’s Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 9:30 am until 10:30 am.
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