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Martin P. Sylvester Jr.
  • In lieu of flowers, donations in Marty's memory may be made to The Marblehead Fishermen's Association, c/o Pete Fadden, 13 Beverly Ave., Marblehead, MA, 01945.

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“Martin and JoeSo sorry and you know my heart goes out to you. I have so many childhood memories of him while I was growing up. He will be missed as...Read More »
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MARBLEHEAD—Martin P. Sylvester Jr., 84, of Marblehead, died June 25th, 2016 following a brief illness.

Born in Lynn and raised in Swampscott, he was son of the late Martin P. Sr. and Lillian V. (Bowles) Sylvester. Martin was predeceased by his wife, Helen Campbell Sylvester; brother Edward Sylvester; and sister, Nancy Sylvester Legro.

He is survived by his long-time companion, Jeanette Shearer, his brother John Sylvester, his sons Joseph and Martin Sylvester, and his grandsons, Patrick, Sean, and Cameron Sylvester. He also leaves behind a large group of friends and admirers—too many to name here.

Martin or "Marty" had a life-long love of the ocean. As a teenager, he worked on fishing boats out of Swampscott. Later he served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard. He then turned his passion for the ocean into his life's work by becoming a commercial lobsterman. He also owned the former Barnegat Seafood, Inc., a fish market and lobster pool in Marblehead.

Though raised in Swampscott, Marty was a true Marblehead local. He was a legend at Little Harbor where he moored his lobster boat and had his shanties. Little Harbor was also the location of Barnegat Seafood, Inc. Marty was also a popular, well-known, and active member of the Gerry 5. He will be deeply missed. His seafood casserole and clam chowder will be missed as well.

ARRANGEMENTS: His family will hold a small, private ceremony. Additionally, the Gerry 5 will host a celebration Marty's life where all are encouraged to attend at a date and time to be announced. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common), Salem, MA, 01970. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marty's memory may be made to The Marblehead Fishermen's Association, c/o Pete Fadden, 13 Beverly Ave., Marblehead, MA, 01945. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.