Obituaries: David Peter Sylvain

David Peter Sylvain, 71, of St. George, Utah, formerly of Bristol, passed away on Wednesday (Oct. 19, 2016) in Utah. David was born on May 28, 1945 to the late Peter Sylvain and Cecile Bissonnette.  David’s father passed away when he was very young and he was raised by his mother and loving step-father: Roger Bissonnette. David served his country faithfully and loyally, in both the ARMY Reserves and the NAVY Reserves for many years. David had a passion for helping people and he showed that by serving as a medic. He continued his passion for helping people by being an EMT IV at Bristol Hospital for 23 years, and working as a CNA. David always considered those his fun jobs. He spent his career working at New Departure as both an inspector and for workers compensation claims for 31 years. When he wasn’t working at New Departure or helping as an EMT or CNA David spent his free time following many hobbies. Working for General Motors he always enjoyed cars and his ATV’s, always getting new cars whenever he could. He also loved to fish, especially when he could escape to Cobb’s Camp, ME.  David was also fond of traveling, exploring many destinations including one of his favorites, Alaska. David also had a hop in his step, spending time at Illusions, line-dancing and listening to the music. He also loved Western Movies, trying his luck at gambling, especially jai-alai, staying in shape by weightlifting, target shooting, and of course, anyone that knew him knew his love for food! After moving to Utah he was urged to continue his passion of caring for others by working at Dixie Hospital until he was no longer able to. As active as he stayed, he unfortunately suffered from a long-term battle with Parkinson’s. He never let that slow him down or stop him from doing what he wanted to do, he was truly an inspiration. David is survived by his first-wife: Angela Sylvain, and their son and daughter-in-law: Mark and his wife Michelle Sylvain, of Bristol, and their daughter and son-in-law: Tina and her husband Paul Dulac, of Bristol; second wife: Debbie Sylvain and their son: Cody Sylvain, of St. George, UT; brother: Brigadier General Richard Sylvain, ARMY, Ret., of Maine, sister and brother-in-law: Nancy and Roger Ouellette, ME, two grandchildren: Shannon and Cameron Dulac, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and step-father, David was pre-deceased by his sister-in-law: Pat Sylvain. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Debbie, his second wife and good friend who was by his side in Utah helping to take care of David and all of the Doctor’s and other responsibilities that she took upon herself. Funeral services for David were private and at the convenience of the family. Funk Funeral Home is assisting the family. Please make memorial donations to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.sylvain-david_0001