Raphael Silva Jr.
July 16, 1927 – January 31, 2020
Rafael Silva Jr., 92 of El Paso, Texas passed away on Friday January 31, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. Rafael was preceded in death by his wife Ana; his parents, Rafael and Consuelo Silva; brothers, Miguel and Baldomerro Silva. Rafael is survived by sons; Hector (Maria C.), Arthur (Maria G.) and Fernando; grandchildren, Marco Silva, Melanie M. Maldonado (Manny) and Andres (Marie) Silva, great-grandchildren, Many Hector, Lleana Maria, Isabella Janet, Christian Marco Maldonado and Sophia Isabella Silva. His siblings, Carmen Aguirre, Arnulfo, Raymundo, Delfina Cardillo and Tomas Silva, also survive him. Also sharing this sadness is close family friend Sandra Cervantes. Rafael was a World War II Veteran serving in the Pacific Theater and later employed by Phelps Dodge Copper Refinery and the United States Postal Service. His many joys were dancing, shooting billiards, tinkering in his garage and traveling with his wife and youngest son throughout the country. He was well known for a “Jack of all Trades” and a “Master of all Trades”. Rafael was up to the challenge to fix things. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with a vigil/rosary at 7:00 pm on Wednesday February 5, 2020 at Hillcrest Funeral Home, 1060 N. Carolina Dr., El Paso, Texas. Funeral Mass will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1700 George Dieter, El Paso, Texas with burial at Fort Bliss National Cemetery to follow at 2:30 pm with military honors. Services entrusted to Hillcrest Funeral Home, (915)598-3332. A “Dignity Memorial” Provider.
- Ana Silva, Spouse (deceased)
- Hector Silva, Son
- Arturo Silva, Son
- Fernando Silva, Son
- Mike Silva, Brother (deceased)
- Baldo Silva, Brother (deceased)
- Arnold Silva, Brother
- Ray Silva, Brother
- Tom Silva, Brother
- Delfina Cardillo, Sister
- Carmen Aguirre, Sister
- Raphael also leaves behind three grandchildren and five great grandchildren to cherish and honor his memory.
- Visitation Wednesday, February 5, 2020
- Vigil Wednesday, February 5, 2020
- Funeral Mass Thursday, February 6, 2020
- Interment Thursday, February 6, 2020
Raphael Silva Jr.
February 6, 2020
Prayers for the family during this time of loss. Cherish the memories! Beautiful photo tribute of his love for family and his country. Thank you for your service! Lisa
February 5, 2020
My name is David Castanon. I live up the street from Mr. Silva and Fernie. I remember growing up seeing Fernie and Mr. Silva driving by either in the truck or car and both waving hi. As I read Mr. Silva's obituary stating he was a handyman and a jack of all trades, it reminded me of this one time Mr. Silva was riding his bicycle up the street. He stop in front of the house, I was guessing he was catching his breath but it was also because the chain had fallen off his bike. As I went to talk to Mr. Silva he asked about my father...they both worked at the post office as well as being veterans. One thing I noticed while talking to Mr. Silva was that he was wearing glasses..and on the glasses was a miniature side view mirror attached to the frame. I thought that was so cool. I asked Mr. Silva about that and he stated "he had made it". He sure was talented. May you rest in peace Mr. Silva...your friend, neighbor and your sons friend...David Castanon