Hugh D. Sylvester Dies at 79

Hugh D. Sylvester

Hugh D. Sylvester of St. Thomas died March 12 in the Virgin Islands.  He was 79 years old. Hugh was married to Lelar Sylvester and had five children from their union.  After graduating from Charlotte Amalie High school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Hugh was awarded the following declarations: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Longevity Service Award as well as the Good Conduct Medal.

He was preceded in death by mother, Amanda Downs Sylvester; father, Albourne Sylvester; sister, Gerda Mitchel Parson; brothers: Melvin and Listen; and sons: Glenn and Gregory Sylvester.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Lelar Sylvester; daughters: Diane Sylvester and Varee Sylvester; stepdaughter, Denice Thomas; son, Gerald Sylvester; brother, Lawrence Sylvester Sr.; sister, Myrna Sylvester; special niece, Karen Almestica; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and many families and friends too numerous to mention.

The first viewing will take place at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m., Monday, April 20, at Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services. Interment will be at Eastern Cemetery, Smith Bay.

The Funeral Services for Hugh D. Sylvester can be viewed livestream on Turnbull’s Funeral Home Facebook page.