Beverly — Sylvan Menezes died peacefully at home on June 30th, at the age of 62, following nine years of adapting to the physical losses associated with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was the loving husband of Karen Ferguson Menezes with whom he shared thirty-six years of marriage and the devoted father to Maya and Maxanne Menezes. He also leaves a brother, John Menezes and his wife Barbara of Mattapoisett, and a sister, Jane Menezes and her husband Billy Biondi of Corvallis, Oregon.
Born in New Bedford, MA, to the late Vivian Rose Menezes and Manuel Menezes, he grew up in the North End of the city. In 1969, he graduated from Bristol County Agricultural High School as class valedictorian, received his undergraduate degree from UMass Amherst in 1975 and a Masters Degree from Boston University. Following his graduation from college, he was employed at the former Institute for Family and Life Learning in Danvers and later by DSS as a social worker for the State of Massachusetts. In 1987 he left social work and opened the first Panda Dry Cleaners in Danvers, MA. He continued to expand the business, opening two locations in Newburyport and one in Amesbury before selling the business in 2003. In the fall of 2004 he entered The Landing School in Arundel, Maine to study Marine Systems and following his graduation in June 2005, found his dream job at Manchester Marine. He worked until the effects of ALS forced him to retire in 2009.
A skilled sailor, he believed there were few things “half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” He was a member of both the Jubilee and Salem Willows Yacht Clubs and raced for many years in the Thursday night series out of the Jubilee. He also loved hiking and camping and as a member of the UMass Outing Club traveled to Mexico and climbed the three highest volcanoes. He also enjoyed skiing, flying kites, gardening, fishing, photography and traveling.