Rock Funeral Home

1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA


Robert William Silvia

February 6, 1941January 7, 2020

Robert William Silvia, 78, of East Freetown, MA, formerly of New Bedford MA. Bob (aka Soupy or Grand Bob) died peacefully in his sleep at home on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Born on February 6, 1941, Bob is the son of the late Joseph and Georgianna (Cabral) Silvia.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 58 wonderful years, Linda (Amaral) Silvia. He is also survived by his five daughters - Vicki Racine and husband John of Lakeville, Donna Gelinas of Dartmouth, Judy Ariagno and husband David of Cataumet, Jennifer LaRhette and husband Michael of Hingham, and Melissa Kleinknecht and husband Jason of Middletown, RI. He is also survived by his 14 much-loved grandchildren, Adam, Amanda, and Emma Gelinas; Timothy Racine and fiancée Meghan Edmonston, Allison Racine and fiancée Tyler Williams, and Katelyn Racine; Abigail, Andrew, and Alexa Ariagno; Nathan and Benjamin LaRhette; and Nicholas, Griffin, and Megan Kleinknecht.

He is survived by his brother Joseph Silvia, of Winchedon and several beloved nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Norman Sylvia, of New Bedford and Norma Martin of California.

Bob was a graduate of New Bedford High School Class of 1960 and a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He worked at Revere Copper and Brass and then Com Electric for many years until retirement. He coached many sports teams (on and off the field), was an avid golfer at Reservation Golf Club in Mattapoisett, a member of the Hole in One Club; he loved playing cards, fishing, and playing tennis with his friends. His favorite hobby was watching all his daughters and grandchildren play sports and dance. Bob was known for his sense of humor, contagious smile, making a new friend wherever he went, but mostly for being a devoted family man. He was an avid New England Sports fan! Bob was the President of the Apponequet Athletics Booster Club and was inducted into Apponequet’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He was part of the St. John Neumann Church family and a long-time volunteer at its Lakeside Family Festival in E. Freetown. Visitation will take place on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 4-8 PM at Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Boulevard, New Bedford. A memorial service will take place on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10 AM also at Rock Funeral Home. Friends are asked to go directly to the funeral home on Friday. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in New Bedford. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given in Bob’s name to Fisher House Foundation, Inc. 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850 (https://fisherhouse.org).


  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Burial Friday, January 17, 2020


Robert William Silvia

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Barry Meunier

January 16, 2020

Soupy was a great friend, a fellow classmate and teammate at New Bedford High School, and a great all around guy. He always had a smile and was a friend to all. He'll be missed.

Jeffrey Riley

January 15, 2020

Dear Linda and Family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. We all will miss a wonderful friend, classmate and teammate. Unfortunately, we are out of the state and can’t attend the wake or funeral.
Soupy had a wonderful sense or humor and a great outlook on life. He was loved and respected by alll.
Sincerely, Jeff and Joey Riley

Vicki Reyes (martin )

January 13, 2020

Many of my best childhood memories were spent with you , Aunt Linda and the girls. Me and Eric both loved you very much. We will cherish the quality time we were able to spend with you on our last visit home. Love you Uncle Bob.

Mark Contardo

January 13, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr Silvia. I will always remember him as a person of character, who we all respected. He was that dad in the neighborhood who was always smiling, making us feel welcome in his home. He was a sounding board for me when I decided to pursue a career in the USAF, taking the time to write a letter of recommendation and providing words of support, based on his own experiences. I want Mrs Silvia, the girls and their families to know he has a special place in my heart.
My prayers are with all of you,
Mark Contardo

Louis Martin

January 12, 2020

When I was about 5 years old uncle Bob and I we're driving down i think Dartmouth street ? the street that homelike bakeries is on,. We were in his old fifties Ford or Chevy pickup when he took a left on Allen street and my door flew open. My first thought was to try to close the door but being as small as I was, I fell out of the truck. By some strange reason or powers I ended up falling to the street sideways, rolling between two cars that were parked along the curb, and i stopped at the curb. I remember my uncle Bob jumping out of the truck asking me if I was alright . I was ok . That poor guy... I will always remember how worried he was. Just last week, before his passing, I told my sisters for the first time about what happened we all laughed I never got the chance to ask him if he remembered that incident. But that's alright, because I am still ok uncle Bob. I will always love you. I just want to tell you, Aunt Linda, you were a lucky lady to have him as a husband. and girls you were so lucky to have him as a loving and caring father and dad. Peace be with you all.

Susan Martin-Oliveira

January 12, 2020

Bobby, the NBHS class of 1960 will miss you. Keep those new wings clean and fluffy. We will speak of you at our 60th re-union brunch in Sept. I know your with us all, rest peacefully, we'll all meet up with you one day.

Judy and Bob Lebel

January 12, 2020

Judy and I knew Bob from the late 1950's, when we started dating. He volunteered to drive Judy from her home in New Bedford to "Aunt Tempy's", my folks guest house on the Cape, typically, at least a one hour trip back in those days. They arrived about 45 minutes later. I think Bob set a new land speed record on the trip. :-)
He was the kind of guy always willing to help others ;with rides, transplanting white pine trees off the power lines, gathering firewood from the nearby forests, clearing landscapes, burning brush,wiring your basement, or offering a swim in his pool, along with a cold beer and burger from his grill, on a really hot day. The list goes on and on.
Over the years, our families vacationed together in many distant places ,from a lakeside cabin in Maine's deep woods, to the beaches and crystal clear springs around Florida. No matter where we went, he always managed to bump into someone he knew. He was a great guy, widely known and loved by many, and we all miss him dearly.

Stacey Maloney

January 10, 2020

Uncle Bob was awesome! Out of so many memories I have of him, this is my favorite. He coached a softball team when I was about seven eight- the Raiders. So many of my friends played softball, as did my cousins. I was offered a spot on the team, but I was too shy/ chicken to play. He didn’t give up on me- he made me the bat girl- uniform and all. He took Missy and me( and half the team) to/from games, and I NEVER felt like I wasn’t involved. Thanks for that and si many other great memories, Uncle Bobby!❤️

Ann Marie Falaki

January 10, 2020

A new angel is in heaven!! What a wonderful man he was! His contagious smile and beautiful spirit will be missed by everyone who knew him. God Bless his family on this sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! The Falaki Family!

david Ariagno

January 9, 2020

Judy, David, Abby, Andrew, Alexa