Harry C. Syverson, 91, had encyclopedic mind for baseball history, statistics

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Harry C. Syverson, of Wilmington, died peacefully of natural causes on May 16, 2015, at the Davis Healthcare Center in Wilmington where he was a resident. He was 91.

Mr. Syverson was born Jan. 25, 1924, in Staten Island, New York, the son of Simon and Helmine Syverson. He was preceded in death by sisters, Claire Nimmo, of Eatontown, New Jersey, Marion Rudolf, of New Jersey; and Audrey Gortler, of Flemington, New Jersey.

Mr. Syverson was educated in New York City public schools and was a graduate of McKee Vocational High School. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific where he was a pharmacist’s mate on a destroyer escort. He was proud of his service and until his death he remained in touch with shipmates with whom he served, a diminishing number.

He was employed by the Staten Island Advance for 39 years where he operated a linotype machine (a dying art) until his retirement. Harry’s hobbies included reading, sports and especially travel, which he and his wife Ethel did often and worldwide. He was a serious devotee of baseball and an ardent lifelong fan of the New York Giants and following their move to San Francisco, the New York Mets. He had an encyclopedic mind for baseball history and statistics.

Mr. Syverson is survived by his devoted wife, Ethel, his loving life partner for 65 years, also of Wilmington; a brother in-law, Robert and wife, Alice, of Cary; a sister in-law, Irene Peterson, of Lexington, Virginia; a brother in-law, Charles and wife, Mildred, of Oro Valley, Arizona; a brother in-law, Kenneth Busteed, of Wilmington; and numerous loving nephews and nieces.

The family wishes to extend its gratitude to the staff at Davis Healthcare Center for the loving care and compassion they showed Harry. They request that contributions in his memory be sent to the Davis Healthcare Center, 1011 Porters Neck Road, Wilmington, NC 28411.

A memorial service for Mr. Syverson will be held at a time and location undecided at this time.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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