ALBION--Merlon F. (Junior) Sylvester Jr. passed away Tuesday December 28, 2021, in Northern Light Heath Emergency Department with his daughter by his side.\r\n\r\nBorn in Waterville on November 18,1948, he was the son of Merlon F. Sylvester Sr. and Christine (Caron). \r\n\r\nHe attended Winslow High School. Junior joined the Army out of high school and served three tours in Vietnam. He retired from the Maine Department of Transportation after 20 years and became a truck driver until he fully retired. He was a volunteer member of the Albion Fire Department for more than 20 years and was a member of the muster team.\r\n\r\nHe enjoyed driving racecars at Unity Raceway, fly fishing, boating, and camping with his family at Spencer Bay. He loved working on tractors and hunting with his brother, Fred; and more recently, riding his motorcycle with the Red Knights and his close friend Pete. He often took long rides with his sister Jeannette and occasionally got stuck. He could be found many days eating breakfast and socializing at Bee’s diner with his brother and sister-in-law. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his kind heart and for his love for his children and grandchildren.\r\n\r\nJunior was predeceased by his father, Merlon and mother, Christine Sylvester; his wife, Naomi (Powell) Sylvester; his sister, Carol White; and his grandson, Merlon F. Sylvester IV.\r\n\r\nHe is survived by his children, Marji Bouchard and her husband, Richard, Dorothy Violette, Merlon F. (Sonny) Sylvester III and his wife, Tinna; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Paulette Chapman and her husband, Richard, and Jeannette Tinker and her husband, Everett; his brother, Fred Sylvester and his wife, Danielle; and multiple cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.\r\n\r\nA celebration of life will be held Sunday, January 9th, 2022, at the Winslow VFW from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Graveside services will be announced at a later date.\r\n\r\nThe family would like to thank Northern Light Health Emergency Staff for the care they provided Junior in his final days.