David Silvia Jr.

December 14, 1970June 30, 2019

David “Big Dave” Silvia, Jr., age 48, of Swansea, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family after a two year battle with cancer. He was the husband of Lisa (Michaud) Silvia, with whom he shared 19 years of marriage.

Born in Fall River, he was the son of the late David Sr. and Elaine (Machado) Silvia.

A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, Class of 1988, he earned his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Bristol Community College and served in the Rehoboth MA National Guard for six years. He was a correctional officer at M.C.I Cedar Junction/Walpole Prison for 28 years before retiring due to illness.

Big Dave was a coach for many years, coaching numerous teams in the area including: East Bay Warrior Football for 13 years, where he coached both of his sons teams, Swansea Little League, S. I. B.L. Baseball, Swansea Recreational Basketball League and Warren U.S.A. Wrestling Team. Every year Dave looked forward to the annual “hunting” trip he and his four best friends went on.

In addition to his wife survivors include: two sons, David Silvia, III and Christopher Mark Silvia; two sisters, Dorry Silvia and her partner Christine Holden and Pamela Ferro; mother-in-law, DoraLee Boyd; two sisters-in-law, Dawn Palmer and her husband David and Tina Michaud; four best friends, Mark Cordery and his wife Susan, William Falandys and his wife Jacqueline, Heath Kulper and his wife Stavroula “Lou” and Edmund Correia and his wife Candice; several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was the brother-in-law of the late Jose “Joe” Ferro.

His visiting hours will be held Friday, July 5, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea. Funeral and burial will be private.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Southcoast VNA Hospice, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719


  • Southcoast VNA Hospice



  • Visiting Hours Friday, July 5, 2019


  • Funeral and Burial Private


David Silvia Jr.

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Dorry Silvia

July 12, 2019

Life will never be the same without you. I think of you daily. Every minute of every day. You will be missed more than words can describe. Thanks for all the memories and lessons on business. You were my rock and now all I can do is say what you would say, and do what you would do.
I have told you all of this before I just needed to tell you again... love you
Your big sister Dorryxxoo

elaine abdow

July 3, 2019

So very, very sorry to learn of David's passing.
We were neighbors when the Silvia family lived on Highland Ave. in Dartmouth and David was a 'good buddy' to my son. He grew up to be a good man. May his memory, and those of your parents, sustain you through this very difficult time.

Linda & Paul Sineiro

July 3, 2019

Lisa & Family I am so sadden to hear about the loss of your loving husband. We are so sorry and pray for you and your family at this time. May you remember all the good memories you all spent together. May he rest in peace.

Judi McDonald

July 2, 2019

Our condolences and prayers to family and friends.

Dawn Palmer

July 2, 2019

Big Dave,
I truly love you like a brother. You have been a special part of our family for many years. You will be missed by the many people whose lives you’ve touched. You were an awesome dad to David and Christopher and a loving husband to my sister Lisa. Thank you for being an awesome person! Love, Dawn

Judi n Ron n family Alvares

July 2, 2019

So so sorry for your families loss! Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!

Manny Perry and JoAnn Corey

July 1, 2019

Heaven has gained another saint and earth has lost a wonderful angel. Sending love and condolences to all the Silvia family we will miss him dearly also May you find peace in your time of sorrow.
JoAnn and Manny

Brooke Perry

July 1, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was always so kind during our time with the East Bay Warriors. I’m thinking of the entire family and wishing you peace during such a difficult time.