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Anthony I. “Tony” Sylvester

Posted By obits On November 17, 2020 @ 4:02 pm In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 6 Comments

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A three-time Emmy Award winning television anchorman in Washington, D.C. whose long life included the ups and downs of local celebrity in numerous places, great loves and great loves lost, Anthony I. Sylvester died November 14, 2020 in Southern Shores, his North Carolina home for the past 30 years.

Born December 7, 1927, in Glenridge, New Jersey, his middle name was bestowed in honor of the doctor who delivered both him and his sister, as well as their father and his sister, back when the term ‘family doctor’ had a meaning largely unknown today.

Some of his fondest memories were of what was then Western High School in Washington, where his family moved, and where he played football, boxed and was a member of Sigma Delta fraternity. As an usher at Redskins games, he saw Sling’in Sammy Baugh and other greats in their prime.

A 1950 graduate of Princeton, Tony majored in English and American Civilization, boxed, wrote for the campus newspaper and cartooned for the humor magazine. He then went to work as a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida where he was first assigned to obituaries and promptly misspelled cemetery.

Throughout his career Tony wore many hats – he served in the army, was a radio host, newspaper reporter, television weatherman and news anchor, a White House correspondent, and owned a country music radio station. Tony was an avid writer and golfer and loved to play the piano in his early years.

He was preceded in death by his wife Eda Magyar Sylvester (died May 2019).

Tony is survived by four children, William Arthur Sylvester and wife Jan of Cary, NC, Anthony Roland Sylvester of Pittsboro, NC, Pamela Sylvester Kilpatrick and husband Mike of Apex, NC, and Margit Magyar Sylvester and husband Taylor Kenney of Emerald Isle, NC; four grandchildren, Richard Sylvester and wife Jessica of Fuquay Varina, NC, Kathryn Sylvester of Winston Salem, NC, William Kilpatrick, and Sarah Kilpatrick both of Apex, NC; and three great-grandchildren, Arlie, Isaac, and Owen Sylvester.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from Alice Ann Hengesbach on November 17th, 2020 9:52 pm

My condolences to the entire family. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to meet your father.

Condolence from Holly Meekins Williams on November 17th, 2020 10:17 pm

Sincere sympathies to Tony’s family in your great loss.

Condolence from Michael and Nancy Walton on November 25th, 2020 8:04 pm

So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Gail Taffet on November 26th, 2020 1:24 am

I met Tony Sylvester in Portsmouth, Va on January 6, 1978 when he anchored at WAVYTV10.

I wanted to meet him and have a studio tour. Tony was so gracious and accomodating to my then 20 year old self. He took time to show me around and answer my many questions. I have never forgotten that day and his kindness. I was pleased to know he had a loving family and lived to a ripe old age in a beautiful North Carolina town.

Godspeed Mr. Sylvester and condolences to your family. Truly good people will always be remembered.

Condolence from John Thomas on November 29th, 2020 6:20 pm

Artie, Tony and Pam, I was sorry to read of your fathers’ passing. I never met him, but having known you, he had to be a good man.

May God comfort and bless you all
John Thomas

Condolence from Wayne Brinkley on December 3rd, 2020 10:57 am

Sincere condolences Tony, Pam, Artie. Just going through last weeks Caswell Messenger and saw the obituary. I know this was a sad time and event and a tough story to compile. Reaching out with sympathy and to let you know it’s interesting to read about your Dad and his life journeys. An additional 30 years on the outer banks after living an accomplished life is not bad. He fought a good fight until the end, he went the distance and won. You children are the trophies of his most decorated victories. Wishing you guys Peace and fond memories to carry on!

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