William Warren Sylvester

March 2, 1940November 3, 2018
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William Warren Sylvester (Bill), age 78 of Yarmouth, ME passed away peacefully at home with his daughter, Aprillyn and son, William II (Billy) by his side on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. Bill’s health had steadily declined over the past year. Bill was born in Bangor, ME to Norman and Agailia (Nason) Sylvester, March 2, 1940. Many of his fondest childhood memories were of visiting with his Uncle Percy and Aunt Gertrude Nason on their farm in Madison, ME. He loved visiting them during school and summer vacations. Bill was a proud graduate of Portland High School, class of 1959. While in high school, Bill played football, ran track and was a member of the “Bronzy Club”. It was also during high school where he met the love of his life Judith Murdoch. They married on April 23rd, 1960 at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, ME and were married for 57 years until Judy’s passing in 2017. Bill and Judy had two children, Aprillyn in 1960 and Billy in 1963. In 1971 they built their home in Yarmouth, ME and put in many long hours of hard work to build a beautiful home that quickly became the epicenter of many social and holiday gatherings with family and friends. Aside from loving to spend time with family and friends, Bill has a great affinity for the outdoors. He always looked forward to deer hunting in the fall with his brothers Norman and Donny, his Uncle Owen and many other family and friends! During the winter months you could find Bill ice fishing out on a frozen pond and during the warmer months he would enjoy casting a fishing line into a local lake or pond. If he was at home, you could find him creating a delicious meal or relaxing by the T.V. enjoying his beloved Red Sox and Patriots! Bill spent the majority of his work career as a truck driver, having worked many years for Blue Line Express and then Preston Trucking with whom he retired from in 1997. Bill was predeceased by his parents Norman and Agailia (Gail) Sylvester, his youngest brother Donald Sylvester, and his beloved wife Judith (Murdoch) Sylvester. He is survived by his brother Norman Sylvester of Yarmouth, brother Daniel Sylvester and wife Mary of Wesley Chapel, FL, daughter Aprillyn Brunelle and husband Raymond of Yarmouth, his son William (Billy) Sylvester of Alfred, ME and his three grandchildren who he and Judy absolutely adored, granddaughter Brie Newsome and husband Jon of Nashua, NH, granddaughter Alexandra (Lexie) Brunelle of Boston, MA, grandson Kyle Brunelle of Yarmouth, ME, and one great grandson Declan Newsome of Nashua, NH, and numerous nieces and nephews. A heartfelt thank you to Friends In Home Care and Compassus Hospice for giving our dad dignity and compassionate care during a very difficult time. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St, Portland, ME at 12:00 noon on Monday, November 12th, 2018. The service will be preceded by an open visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial immediately following at Riverside Cemetery, Route 88, Yarmouth, ME. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to “Animal Refugee League of Greater Portland, 690 Stoudwater St, Westbrook, ME 04092 or Salvation Army, 297 Cumberland Ave, Portland, ME 04101.


  • Norman Sylvester, Father
  • Agailia Sylvester, Mother
  • Judith Sylvester, Wife
  • Aprillyn Brunelle, Daughter
  • Raymond Brunelle, Son-in-law
  • William "Billy" Sylvester, Son
  • Brie Newsome, Granddaughter
  • Jonathan Newsome, Brie's husband
  • Declan Newsome, Great Grandson
  • Alexandra "Lexie" Brunelle, Granddaughter
  • Kyle Brunelle, Grandson
  • Donald Sylvester, Brother
  • Norman Sylvester, Brother
  • Daniel Sylvester, Brother
  • Mary Sylvester, Sister-in-law


  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Visiting Hours Monday, November 12, 2018

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Aprillyn Brunelle

November 16, 2018


You were the best dad a daughter could ask for! You were always caring, kind and supportive! I will miss your smiles, teases and genuine thoughtfulness for others! You will be forever in my heart until we meet again!

Love and miss you so very much,

Brie Newsome

November 12, 2018

Grampie- how lucky I am to have had you as My Grampie! Our adventures to Madison, blueberry picking, camping, swimming in your pool and our long talks about anything and everything and dancing at my wedding are memories I will cherish forever! The lessons we learned and the example you set will be carried on. We will always love you and think of you often. You are missed immensely! Life without you and Nannie will never be the same but is so much richer because you both were in it! “See ya later Grampie” love always, your Princess Number One!

Lexie Brunelle

November 11, 2018

Grampie--I have so many amazing, fun, and loving memories with you. Sitting on the bar stools talking about sports, sitting in the breeze way catching up, campfires, walks through your garden...the memories are endless. You were such a kind and loving person. I will miss you more than you know. Tell Nannie I said hi. Love you. -Princess #1 (Lexie)

Connie Densmore

November 11, 2018

To the family of Bill Sylvester,
My condolences to the family of Bill. He was a great guy.


November 9, 2018

I have a lifetime of love and memories, so it is difficult to share just one. In childhood, my favorite memories are of the times spent in Aunt Judy and Uncle Bill's company, wherever that may be. We were surrounded by laughter, warmth (and lots of teasing!). After moving to Florida, I enjoyed the annual surprise visits to Yarmouth to catch up and once again share the warmth and laughter of two wonderful people. I will miss these annual visits, but will always cherish the feeling of being in the company of so much love. God bless you Aprillyn and Billy. I wish I could be there with you during this difficult time, but know that Chris and I are sending hugs and love to all of you.