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Willow Glen Funeral Home

1039 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA

OBITUARY

Andrew Gabriel Sylva

July 11, 1950May 10, 2020

Mrs. Eglantina Coker Sylva commonly called Tina Coker and family, The Family of the Late, Mr. & Mrs. Zac Sylva of Bundung, the entire Sylva Family, The Caravalho, Njie, Correa, Mendy, Gomez, Dacosta, Sambou, Eunson, Jatta, Johnson, Goswell, Cates, Sallah, Christenson, Ellis, Dean, Jagne, John, Cham, Phen, Jurarim, Jobe, Bass, Ndow, Joof, Manga, Nicol, Leese, Lee, Thompson, Loppy, Ogoo, Loum, Ndene, Tomasi, Camara, Prom, Goddard, Ndekki, Savage, Sawyer, Palmer, Jammeh, Faal, Gabbidon, Jawo, Nyassi, Jones, Owens, Jallow, Ceesay, Robinson, Cardos, Sock, Darbo, Keita, Lopez, Cole, Senghore, Bahoum, Joiner, Sarr, Taal, Ngum, Renner, Khan, Jibril, Prera, Davis, Camara and Kanaan families regrets to announce the sudden death of their Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend: Mr. Andrew Gabriel Sylva, commonly known as Pa Sylva, former Principal Labour Officer, Former Managing Director SSHFC and Former Manager Motor Vehicle Department, Shyben A Madi & Sons. The sad event occurred on May 10, 2020 in the United States of America This sad news is extended to: The Bishop of the Diocese of Banjul, the parishioners of The Holy Cross, St. Therese’s Kanifing, Blessed Sacrament and Holy Family Parishes; Les Dix Copaines Vous, Staff of SSHFC, Shyben A Madi & Sons, New Vision Insurance Company and all relatives and friends in The Gambia and abroad. Burial rites will take place on Monday, May 18, 2020, in the United States of America. Condolences will be received at Mr. John Z. Sylva’s residence in Kanifing East Layout, opposite the Eye Clinic at the Serrekunda Hospital, the same day, from 12 noon onwards. May His Gentle Soul Rest in Perfect Peace. Amen.

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Claudette Johnson

May 20, 2020

I met Mr & Mrs Andrew Silver at the Star of the Sea Church in Bakau in 1999 when I arrived in The Gambia after fleeing the war in Sierra Leone.
After mass we exchanged greetings and I introduced myself
Since that first encounter,they always greeted me while others would just pass me by. You cannot imagine how pleased I was and it has left an indelible mark in my mind
I served at one of the church committees with Mr Silver and i admired him for his charisma he was humble and soft ssf poken,but made very valuable contributions and recommendations,which were implemented successfully
At Christmas time,St Vincent de Paul Society,Babkau Conference,which am a member, would go serenading and their house was the first we visited we were entertained very well ,they were such a lovely couple worthy to be emulated
The Diocese of Banjul would miss him greatly the void his passing has created is irreparable
To quote St Paul," He has fought the good fight,He had finished the race,and He kept his faith to the end" so Ms Tia and children be consoled God will supply you with sufficient grace to go through this difficult period in your life
May his gentle soul rest in peace

Joseph Lemou Njie

May 18, 2020

Dear Uncle Pa,

It is always difficult to mourn the loss of a person that lived their life by the church. A true Catholic christian, Someone so genuine and pure at heart. You were loving,compassionate, a man of principle, a man that was about family and an advocate for the people. You were a man of few words but you touched and inspired many, far and near, with barely any effort or intention and each time we spoke I always left that conversation with something.
When we think about the way you lived your life, it makes it easier to say goodbye because in your deeds we find peace and comfort. We will celebrate your legacy as you part-ways with us to join our lord and you will sit by his side until we meet again.
To Auntie Tina, Vickie and George I leave you with this. Psalm 9:10. "Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you."



Joseph Lemou Njie

Lawrence Zacc Gomez

May 18, 2020

To UNCLE PA.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you myself to be with me where I am. John 14:3

A good soul soared to heaven, Death can never take a good man away for in the hearts of the people he inspired a lot his legacy remains and will surely continue,his unrelenting discipline formed a part of my life’s foundation through the short chats we would have when ever I paid him a visit or after Sunday mass. He wasn’t a person that said much however the little he said would mean a ton.
God sees and knows everything, surely he is with you right now.

I pray that in this difficult time, the love of God shelters you and mend the pain of the family as you move I will forever cherish his guidance and meekness.
May the soul of the dearly departed Rest In Peace, may our prayers help guide him on his journey to our Creator.Amen till we meet again Uncle Pa🤍

Lawrence zacc Gomez

Marie H. Prom

May 18, 2020

Tribute to the late Andrew Sylva

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, friendship leaves a memory no one can steal.

So was it with my dear friend and schoolmate, the late Andrew Sylva.

Andrew was a friendly, kind, helpful, down to earth and decent human being.

I recall, with deep sorrow, how close we became as pupils of St. Joseph and St. Augustine’s High Schools, to the extent that we shared our stationery during our “joint” biology classes taught by the respected Father Comer of blessed memory.

In addition, I am honoured to be a godmother to his son with Tina who was baptised George Sylva.

A great father, a mentor, a role model, a fighter for justice, a passionate Christian, an icon of excellence, hardwork, discipline and integrity is gone!

God thou who hast commanded to love our neighbour, through thy goodness have mercy on the soul of my friend, Andrew and forgive him his sins.

Grant, O Lord, that we may therefore see again in the joy of thy eternal bliss!!

Adieu my dear friend, Andrew.

May your gentle soul continue to rest in the bossom of your Maker.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour and of our dear Mother, our Lady of Fatima.

Amen.

🙏🏾 🙏🏾 🙏🏾

Marie. H. Prom

Haddy Dibba Taal

May 17, 2020

It is with a heavy heart i am writhing this about my friend and brother Andrew Gabriel Silver!
Every soul must taste death,i know,but you are gone way too soon. Since we've known each other you have always been a gentleman ,oh so thoughtful and genuine. Pa ,like i fondly called you,up to last week and the recent festivities,you always find ways to express a cordial message filled with inspiration and thoughtless. I will miss your kind soul ,your gentle words and how careful and caring you were to me through all the stages of our journey. As you continue your journey in heaven,i have nothing but confidence that the gates of heaven are widely open for you ,pa may the lord recieve you with open arms , as open and loving as you have open yours to many. Your kindness we will always remeber now and forever. Pa i will miss you , you were an angel on earth ,now you are resting home,where angels belong ,in light and purity ,in the highest of heavens. Until we meet again, sleep in heavenly peace ,i will never forget you neither will my family and all the times you have stuck with us through thick and thin.

My friend my brother a confidante! Forever honourable.

Rest in beautiful peace.

Dagmar Christensen

May 17, 2020

The Christensen and the Dixon Baker family, join the Silva family as we share the sadness and passing of our dear brother, cousin, friend and confidant Andrew Sylva better known as Pa Sylva.

I remember us growing up as a close-knit family - enjoying visits from Uncle Zac and Aunty Michelle at #6 Kent Street, which later became the venue and clubhouse for Les Dix Copains.

Pa was a founding member along with my late brother George Christensen, The late Donald Sock, Pa N'Jie, Halifa Drammeh and Pa Willan to name a few .

Those days remain some of my favorite family memories; life was simple as was Pa, always calm and soft-spoken, He's gone to a better place ; we pray that his light will continue to shine brightly looking down on us - until we meet again in God's glory.

We send our condolences, prayers and love to Pa's beloved wife Tina, his children, his brothers and sisters, the family in Banjul, The United Kingdom and beyond.

May the Good Lord comfort the family with healing prayers and surround all of us with love.

May his Soul Rest in Perfect Peace.


Lawrence Gomez

May 17, 2020

To UNCLE PA.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you myself to be with me where I am. John 14:3

A good soul soared to heaven, Death can never take a good man away for in the hearts of the people he inspired a lot his legacy remains and will surely continue,his unrelenting discipline formed a part of my life’s foundation through the short chats we would have when ever I paid him a visit or after Sunday mass. He wasn’t a person that said much however the little he said would mean a ton.
God sees and knows everything, surely he is with you right now.

I pray that in this difficult time, the love of God shelters you and mend the pain of the family as you move I will forever cherish his guidance and meekness.
May the soul of the dearly departed Rest In Peace, may our prayers help guide him on his journey to our Creator.Amen till we meet again Uncle Pa🤍

Lawrence zacc Gomez

Hassan Bubacar Jallow

May 17, 2020

Pap Andre an old classmate of the 1960s at St Augustine's always stood out for his dignity,calm,courtesy,kindnes and seriousness.All qualities he embodied to the very end . A great model for the current generation and those yet to come .May the almighty God grant him eternal peace .and to the family he left behind strength, guidance and protection. Adieu ,RIP our dear friend.

His Excellency Ebrima Ousmane Ndure Gambia High Commission, Dakar, Senegal

May 17, 2020

Mr. Andrew Gabriel Sylva, commonly and fondly known as PA SYLVA was a Perfect Gentleman ,par Excellence! He was Principled and Humbly Dignified .

I came to know , in 1972 , Pa Sylva and his best Childhood friend, Anthony Sang Njie, also commonly and fondly known as Pa Njie, through a common friend , Ebou Ndure-NINKOM. The Trio hailed from Half-Die POTO-POTO , as it was called those days( Zebra Street-Hagan Street-Leman Street) and I hailed from Hopkinson Street. We grew up as contemporaries, were colleagues at the then Gambian Public /Civil Service, respected each other.

Pa Syiva contributed to National Development whilst at the Labour Department and more so at the Social Security & Housing
& Finance Corporation ( SSHFC). He was honest , trustworthy and principled.

To his Charming and Devoted Widow, Eglantina, his Family, to his Dedicated Childhood Friend and Brother Pa Anthony Sang Njie and Darling Spouse , Baby Anna ,and Children, to the Extended Families, I express my Sincere Condolences. May GOD give you the Fortitude to bear this Great Loss.

REQUISCAT IN PACE, Pa Andrew Gabriel Sylva. Fare Thee Well.

Agnes Jawo

May 16, 2020

Cant but add a small note for Tina beloved wife to late Pa Sylva we were all class mates between St Joseph's and St Augustine's as then the two schools shared classes together Tina n Pa were high school sweethearts till God has separated them Pa Sylva was a unique individual he loved my late brother Matthew Jawo and worked with him at the Social Security Office till his demise Tina God Bless you n May Mary our mother console you at this time Pa may the Angels welcome you into God's kingdom sleep in Perfect Peace my dear

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