OBITUARY

John "Buddy" Silver

February 12, 1936November 2, 2019
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John F. “Buddy” Silver passed away on November 2, 2019 surrounded by his family and under the care of Tidewell Hospice. He is survived by his wife, Marlene Silver (Swartz) to whom he was married for 62 years, sister E. Letitia George (Silver), children William Scott (Wendy) Silver, Patricia (Lance) Couture, Rebecca (Greg) Wells, and grandchildren Nicholas Gregory Wells, Haley Rebecca Wells, and Matthew Logan Couture. Buddy was born February 12, 1936 in Bradenton, Florida to Blanchard S. and Alice Silver. He began working at the age of 16 for Guy and Mattie Greene of Greene Grocery Store, where he trained to become a butcher. He later worked at Helm Lawn Services, in building construction, and at Harrison’s Gas Service. In 1960, he was employed by GTE and retired after 34 years as a Special Services Technician. During his retirement years, he honed his woodworking skills. He made numerous pieces of wooden furniture for his and his family’s homes. Later, he built baby furniture for his grandchildren. He always made his wooden crafts to give to friends and family, and never for profit. He also loved NASCAR races and college and professional football. Every Sunday would find him watching both on television. Visitation will be 9-11AM and service starting at 11AM on Friday, November 8, at Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park at 1221 53rd Avenue East Bradenton, FL 34203. The burial will be at Skyway Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please make donations on his behalf to Tidewell Hospice (5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238).

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, November 8, 2019

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Carl Black

November 5, 2019

From June 1966 till May 1968 I worked with Buddy at then GTE. He was a great man to have for a kid just out of high school! He was patient, thoughtful, and a good and decent man. When I left to go to FPL he was encouraging and helpful.Over the years we would see each other and he was always the same really good guy! Hoping for Peace and Love for his dear family. Carl L. Black

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