OBITUARY

Francis "Frank" C. Silvia

March 10, 1943July 15, 2018

Francis C. Silvia, “Frank,” age 75, of Fall River, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Charlton Memorial Hospital with his daughters by his side. He was a thirteen year prostate cancer survivor. He was the former husband of Beth (Berthiaume) Silvia of Somerset.

Born in Fall River, a son of the late Francis F. and Helen (Harnett) Silvia, he was a lifelong resident of the city.

A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, class of 1961, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the former SMU now UMASS Dartmouth. He taught math at Beckwith Middle School in Rehoboth and coached their basketball, baseball and softball teams for many years before retiring in 1999.

After retirement Mr. Silvia worked as a driver for the American Auto Auction. A huge sports fanatic, he loved the Providence Bruins and was a proud season ticket holder. He was also a huge New York Giants and NASCAR fan.

He is survived by two daughters, Lori Danis and her husband Kevin of Westport, Amy Silvia of Fall River; daughter-in-law, Christy Silvia of AL; five grandchildren, Amber Johnson, Kayla Calloway, Cole Silvia, Sterling Silvia and Jake Danis; two great- grandchildren, Braedon Johnson and Cody Calloway and many nieces and nephews. He was the loving father of the late Paul F. Silvia and brother of the late Peter Silvia and Paula Tatu.

Contributions in his honor may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Private services are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, Fall River.

  • FAMILY

  • Beth (Berthiaume) Silvia, Former Wife
  • The late Francis F. and Helen (Harnett) Silvia, Parents
  • Lori Danis and her husband Kevin, Daughter
  • Amy Silvia, Daughter
  • Christy Silvia, Daughter-in-law
  • The late Paul F. Silvia, Son
  • The late Peter Silvia, Brother
  • The late Paula Tatu, Sister
  • Five grandchildren, Amber Johnson, Kayla Calloway, Cole Silvia, Sterling Silvia and Jake Danis; two great- grandchildren, Braedon Johnson and Cody Calloway and many nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Services

  • Private Services
REMEMBERING

Francis "Frank" C. Silvia

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Jack Egan

July 30, 2018

Frank was my best friend at school for 30 years. We were both hired by the same great Principal Mr Lussier and taught the same subject. He taught 7th grade and I then got all his students in grade 8. He was a master teacher and loved by his students. He was kind and patience. His students trusted him. Frank and I coached together and played on a few adult teams together. Frank loved to compete and loved to make others laugh. He was instrumental in the beginning of sports for girls at the Middle School level. He was a loyal and trusting friend , who was always there for me no matter what. He taught all 3 of my children and they also loved him. He was also a dedicated Dad who always supported his children. I could go on , but I'll leave it with this memory : Frank and I performed a duet in a Talent Show. He was Kenny Rogers and I was Dolly Parton. We laughed for weeks practicing and that night in front of a thousand students we all saw another side of Mr. Silvia. Frank you will be so missed by so many. As Always , Jack

Alicia Soares

July 20, 2018

I'm so very sorry about the loss of your dad. I just wanted you to know it was a pleasure and an honor to take care of him. He will be missed.

Larry Thomas

July 18, 2018

Dick and I miss you every week at Kathy’s for breakfast. Rest in peace my friend.

Larry Thomas

Bob & Cathy Maguire

July 16, 2018

Our deepest condolence to the family. He was a GREAT friend, going to miss him at the hockey games and racing at the Konk and New Hampshire. No more pizza eggs he made during race weekends in N.H.. Rest in peace friend.

Kevin Gousie

July 16, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Silvia. I was lucky enough to have Mr. Silvia for a teacher in math and homeroom. He had a huge impact on me as a young "middle" school student. I looked forward to every Monday as we would talk football and NASCAR. He was one of those teachers that taught more than a subject. I remember how these conversations made me feel special and as a teacher myself I try to make connections with students like he did with me. Mr Silvia thank you for making my middle school years fun and enjoyable. You are one of the best.
Rest in Peace,
Kevin Gousie

Sheril Perry-Hays

July 16, 2018

Mr.S was not only an amazing teacher who I was lucky enough to have but turned out to be a life long friend. He stood behind me at the racetrack for many years so I was lucky enough to continue to have him in my life. I recall being at Thompson many moons ago walking with a young man and he walked upon behind us and put his hand out and said Frank Silvia and you are? Very protective of his once 12 year old student. I laughed and he just smiled that big smile. I was fortunate to also work at the auction with Mr Silvia so was able to walk in on Tuesday morning to his warm welcome for months. He truly touched the lives of so many and will be missed. Deepest condolences to his girls who he adored, he talked so much about his Disney trip and how happy he was to get back, those are the memories I hope you all can carry forever. RIP Mr. Silvia, catch you on the next lap 🏁

Kayla Silvia

July 15, 2018

Bonnie Paul

July 15, 2018

Loved that he had the best bond with his daughter Amy! They would go to every hockey game together! That is love hanging with your best friend! He loved her very much. Take a deep breath Frank and enjoy being in no pain watching over your babies! Love bonnie

Amy Silvia

July 15, 2018

FROM THE FAMILY