June 3, 1936 – November 22, 2021
Gerald Silver, age 85, of Peabody, MA and Delray Beach, FL entered into rest on Monday, November 22 in his home. The son of the late Peter and Dorothy (Feingold) Silver of Brockton, MA, he was born in Taunton and was a graduate of Brockton High School. He served in the US Air Force in London, England, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University. Prior to moving to Peabody, he resided in Chelmsford MA for 22 years and in Nashua NH for 12 years. In 2009 he and his longtime partner, Rhonda Fisher, became winter “snowbirds” in Florida.
Silver was a retired Social Security Administration Administrator. In his 42 year federal career he worked in the Boston regional headquarters and in field offices in MA and NH. He retired as a Social Security District Manager in Nashua NH in 1999. Formerly a licensed real estate broker in MA and NH, upon retirement he became a self-employed commercial property inspector for commercial banks and mortgage companies, and conducted risk analyses for insurance companies of residential and commercial properties.
Silver was heavily involved in civic affairs throughout his life, serving on many civic and non-profit boards in Chelmsford, Nashua, and Peabody. He was a former trustee of Mine Falls Condominium Trust in Nashua NH, Ledgewood Condominium Trust in Peabody, and a former director of Congregation Sons of Israel, also of Peabody. He was a Building Captain since 2009 at their Delray Beach, FL condo association. He was formerly involved in The Explorers, the Institute for Life Long Learning of Salem State University on the Board of Directors; the Curriculum Committee; as facilities manager, as coordinator of the ‘Friday Coffee With’ speakers series, and as an instructor of courses in opera and computers. He and his long-time companion Rhonda Fisher were avid square dancers for many years and were former members of the Riverside Squares of Danvers.
In addition to Ms. Rhonda Fisher, Silver is survived by a son Keith and daughter-in-law Margarita of Salem, MA, daughter Janet and son-in-law Christopher Stevenson of North Reading, MA, son Gregg and daughter-in-law Mynett of Prosper, TX and grandchildren Eliana Silver, Jack and Grace Terranova, and Keaton Silver. He was predeceased by three brothers, Ronald of Ann Arbor, MI, Franklin of Brockton, MA, and Alan of Enfield, CT, and a sister Carol Chasalow of Whippany, NJ. He leaves a foster son Raymond (and Krystal) MacDonald of Vidalia, GA, their five children, Matthew, Felicia, Leeann, Raymond Jr, and Richard and four great-grandchildren, Kyleigh and Hunter West, and Raylyn and Scarlet MacDonald.
A funeral service will be held at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem, MA on Friday, November 26 at 11:00 am with the burial immediately following the service at Maple Hill Cemetery, 98 Canterbury Drive, Peabody, MA.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Gerald Silver’s name, to any of the following or to the charity of your choice: The American Kidney Fund 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 or online at https://www.kidneyfund.org , the Congregation Sons of Israel P.O. Box 702 Peabody, MA 01960 or online at https://www.csibriarcliff.org/donations_csigive.html#Funds, or Care Dimensions Hospice 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or online at www.CareDimensions.org.
Chapel Funeral Service
Friday, November 26, 2021
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November 25, 2021
My heart and thoughts are with you and family, as I know your experience very well. 💔
November 25, 2021
I will always remember how much he loved you. Always a smile and a kiss no matter how sick he was feeling. He was so proud of you and loved you so very much.
November 25, 2021
Jerry was the organizer and convener of the Guys Lunch Group. He was the spark that kept the group going with good humor including his frequent posting of key national weeks/months/years, such as National Gefilte Fish Day. His positive outlook will be sorely missed.
November 24, 2021
Jerry will be greatly missed by all he always had a smile and a
joke to tell. He was a good friend always willing to help when ever needed. My condolences to Ronnie and his family.
Barbara & Barry Lavinson
November 23, 2021
Jerry will be sadly missed by his neighbors in Delray Beach, Fl. He was always ready to help anyone with a variety of problems, while sharing his special jokes. Our thoughts & prayers are with Ronnie & family.