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October 12, 1946 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Riverside - Gerald "Gerry" Silva, a cherished son, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully at his home in East Providence on February 6, 2024, at the age of 77. Born on October 12, 1946, in Providence, Rhode Island, Gerry was the beloved son of the late George and Urbina (Pizzi) Silva.
Gerry is survived by his devoted siblings, Ronald Silva and his wife Fay of East Providence, Barbara Hicks and her husband Merrill of Riverside, and Shirley Burgess of Riverside. He was predeceased by his brothers George Silva and John Silva. His life was further enriched by the love and laughter of many nieces and nephews who will miss his presence dearly.
A proud veteran, Gerry served his country with honor and distinction as a sergeant in the US Air Force during the Vietnam era. His expertise as a jet engine mechanic was a testament to his meticulous nature and mechanical prowess. After being discharged from the service, Gerry continued to apply his skills and dedicated over 40 years of his life to perfecting the craft of an autobody technician. His hands, always stained with evidence of hard work, fixed and restored countless vehicles in various autobody shops, earning him respect and admiration in the industry.
Gerry's passion for automobiles extended far beyond his professional life. He was an enthusiast of classic cars and the thrill of car racing. His adventurous spirit was often found at the heart of the racetrack, where the roar of engines and the excitement of competition mirrored his own zest for life.
Those who knew Gerry would describe him as handy, a person who could fix or build anything he set his mind to. His adventurous nature was balanced by a friendly demeanor that made him a beloved figure in his community and among his friends. Gerry's warm smile and readiness to lend a helping hand were hallmarks of his character.
In his leisure time, Gerry could be found tinkering in his garage, polishing a cherished classic car, or sharing stories of races past. His knowledge of cars was encyclopedic, and he was always eager to offer advice or help to fellow car enthusiasts. Gerry's legacy is one of service, skill, and an unbridled love for adventure.
As we say goodbye to Gerald Silva, we celebrate a life lived with purpose and joy. His memory will be treasured and kept alive in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know him. Gerry's journey through life was marked by the trails he blazed, the lives he touched, and the laughter he shared.
A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Please join us in honoring the memory of Gerald "Gerry" Silva, a man who was not only skilled with his hands but also generous with his heart. His story is one of dedication, passion, and a friendly spirit that will continue to inspire those left behind. Gerry has taken his final lap, leaving us with memories that will forever be cherished and celebrated.
His funeral services will be private, he will be interred at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted.
Arrangements by the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, 901 Broadway, East Providence.