CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sylvan Edward Walton, 29, left us Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, as a result of a snowboarding accident in Jay Peak, Vt. Sylvan, lovingly called "Sly Dawg," "Slutty" and "Sylvie" by his friends and family, was much loved and is now achingly missed.
He was the son of William Walton of Warren, and Linda and Michael Bowe of Belfast; brother to Morgan J. Walton of New York City, Kyle W. Walton of Boston, and Emma E. Bowe of Belfast; grandson of Doris Walton, Frieda Hyland and Virginia Bowe; and nephew of Deborah Hamshar, Susan and Michael Klaveness, Karen and Brian Betten, Glenn Leahey, Rick Bowe and Meg VanDeWeghe, and Peter Bowe and Barbara Stewart. He also leaves several cousins and many extended family members. Sylvan also leaves behind a large cohort of close and long-standing friendships. Some began in his early years; many of which were forged into lifelong bonds during long trips for swim meets, outdoor adventures and ski trips. Others were formed during college and his adult life in Maine, San Diego and in the Boston area. Sylvan’s friends were an integral part of his life and who he was, and their mutual commitment formed bonds, which will last far beyond his years.
Sylvan’s early education at Ashwood Waldorf School was formative and a key to his spirit. He went on to attend the public schools of Belfast, graduating from Belfast Area High School as a member of the class of 2001. As an undergraduate at Kogod School of Business at American University, Washington, D.C., he studied computer technology and business, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and software design. Sylvan began his career with Wayfair, Boston – formerly CSN Stores and grew with the company, eventually becoming a key staff member in developing their subsidiary, Joss & Main. He most recently served as a senior merchandiser. Sylvan led a rich and rewarding life among his family and many friends. At Belfast Area High School, Sylvan was a valued member of the soccer and championship swim teams; he was also a peer leader, helping tutor local elementary school students. He was cherished by his teachers and fellow students. He had taken up surfing in the past several years, braving seas of all seasons. Sylvan also loved to snowboard and was game for just about any other sport or fun activity. In Boston, he acted on his commitment to public service as a member of the community service organization, One Brick Boston, and with the public speaking organization, Boston Toastmasters. His loss will be deeply felt by all.
Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast, with a time for personal sharing beginning 7 p.m. A celebration of Sylvan’s life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at First Church, 104 Church St., Belfast. A reception will be after at Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sylvan Edward Walton Scholarship Fund, care of RSU No. 20, P.O. Box 363, Belfast, ME 04915. Online condolences may be offered to the family at