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Sylvester Coburn

May 11, 1949 ~ October 4, 2020 (age 71)

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Sylvester Coburn, affectionately known as Wes was born May 11, 1949 to the late Mr. and Mrs. John and Maggie Coburn in Ridgeville, SC.  He was the first of eight children to that martial union and received his education from Ridgeville Public School System in which he graduated from Central High School.

At the young age of nineteen, Sylvester left home and began his adult life in Boston, MA where he made that his new home. In that same year, he met the love of his life Joyce Anita Young, whom would later be his wife.  Sylvester and Joyce were united in holy matrimony in 1971 and their union flourished with Sylvester Coburn Jr, Jason Coburn, and Jocelyn Coburn Tarido. Sylvester provided for his family through employment at TRW, Inc as a machinist for several years and later by the VA Hospital where he retired from. 

Sylvester was loved by his family, and he too loved them. Strong in his beliefs, it was known who the Man of the house was. Wes had a charming personality that made you want to be in his presence. Sundays was his favorite day.  When he was not making sure Joyce and the kids made it to Church, he was anxiously awaiting the Sunday feast Joyce would prepare for him and the family.   While receiving his Sunday meal that was fit for a king, Joyce always made sure to make that day special by serving him in bed.  This was something that they both looked forward to.

Sylvester was a man of few words but when he did speak his words were profound and impactful.  He enjoyed singing and was an avid news watcher and a geography scholar.  Often, he and Joyce would spend quality time    Wes took pleasure in talking about the globe and different places all over the world.  While in High School he played basketball and later took solace in watching laid back on the couch.  His love for the sport inspired all his children to play basketball.  If you knew Wes you knew where to find him sipping a morning cup of coffee with his friends.

On Sunday (his favorite day) October 4, 2020, the Lord called him home to eternal rest.  He is preceded in death by his parents John and Maggie Coburn, two brothers Harry Lee Coburn (Judy Coburn of Boston, MA) and JB Coburn of South Carolina,

He leaves to cherish his memories His wife of 49 years Mrs. Joyce A. Coburn, children Sylvester Wayne and Jason Ishan Coburn, Jocelyn Tameka Coburn Tirado all of Boston and Twanda Coburn of New York.  Sisters Theresa Coburn, Hope Williams (Jake) and Justine Ryan all of South Carolina, brothers Clyde Coburn of Boston, MA, and Leroy Coburn of South Carolina. He had a special love for his grandchildren, Denaisha, Sylvester A., Elijah, Jaylan, Joy, Demiah, Ishan, Jace, Marisol, Dana, Dariez, Giovani, and Dashawn aka Goober. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He will be sorely missed by them all.





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 Service Program


October 9, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Davis Funeral Home
MATTAPAN, Massachusetts 02126-3242

Funeral Service
October 10, 2020

11:00 AM
Good Shepard Church of God
18 Whittier St.
Roxbury, MA 02120

October 10, 2020

12:30 PM
Oak Lawn Cemetery
427 Cummins Highway
Roslindale, MA 02131

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