December 18, 1934 – December 23, 2018
Phyllis J. Silverstein, 84, of Lincoln, RI and Kennebunk, ME, passed away December 23, 2018. She was the beloved wife of retired RI Superior Court Justice Michael Silverstein, married for 59 years. Born in Boston, MA, the daughter of Frances and Samuel Feer, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in piano at Boston University School of Music. Her remarkable skills as a pianist garnered her the position of first piano, an unusual honor for a woman in the 1950s, in the Arthur Fielder-famed conductor of the Boston Pops-all piano ensemble. In time, Phyllis chose to give up her concert touring opportunities to devote her life to being a wife and mother, concentrating instead on her lifelong values of devotion to love and family. Besides her family, she loved Maine, her Labrador retrievers, travel, good friends and the arts. She was known for her capacity to love and for her great sense of humor. She is survived by her husband Michael; her son and daughter in law (she called her daughter), Marc and Helen Silverstein; grandchildren Emily Bradley and Jordan Richardson and their spouses Joseph Bradley and Tiffany Richardson; and great-granddaughter, Samantha Bradley. Phyllis will be missed more than words can say. Funeral service will be Wednesday, December 26th at 11:00 AM at Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel, 458 Hope St., Providence, with burial to follow at Lincoln Park Cemetery. Shiva will be observed at her late residence Wednesday and Thursday from 3-8 PM and Friday from 1-4 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Shriners Burns Hospital in Boston, MA or Hope Hospice Rhode Island.
- Funeral Service Wednesday, December 26, 2018
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Rosemary & Tom Patalano
December 26, 2018
Dear Judge Silverstein and Family:
We are so very sorry for the loss of Phyllis. She was kind, generous, caring, funny...there are so many ways to describe her. Simply put, she was a beautiful person and friend, and we will miss her more than words can say.
Rosemary and Tom Patalano
December 25, 2018
I too studied piano with Phyllis Silverstein from about 1961 for several years. Jeff Woled (and his mother Edith) recommended her to me. I rode my bicycle to the corner of Meadow Road and Harris Avenue and parked by the back door.
While my natural musical abilities were somewhat limited, I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and practiced diligently.
Eventually, I even was the piano accompanist for a Camp Mendota production of Bye Bye Birdie.
I will always remember Phyllis with warmth.
I am sorry to learn of her passing.
December 25, 2018
My darling Duchess (My love name for Phyllis), was the best of friends with my mom and dad, Betty and Lyman Farrar. My Mom and Phyllis talked several times a week for years and years. Sadly, my father passed away on December 5th. My mom was devastated, but there was one friend she wanted to talk to and that was Phyllis. Lori Dorsey, Phyllis' niece, made it possible for Betty and Phyllis to talk and to see one another via FaceTime. It was such a wonderful conversation. My mom always says "my good friend Phyllis, " never just Phyllis. Phyllis was a good and true friend. I am forever grateful for her graciousness and love to my parents.
December 24, 2018
I was one of her students for six years when I was a kid. She was an excellent piano teacher and taught me other music skills , such as how to conduct an orchestra and music theory/composition. I had not touched a piano for nearly 52 years until I recently retired and decided to resume playing. When I struggle, I still hear her voice in my mind telling me what to do to improve my playing and this helps me tremendously. I owe a lot of my current and long-past happiness to her.