Mass of Christian Burial
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
Obituary of Peter Silvia Sr.
Peter Silvia, Sr, aged 101, passed away in his sleep on Sunday August 12th, 2018 at St Clare Home. He resided on Burdick Avenue, Newport until his 100th year.
Peter was born in Newport on June 18, 1917. At the age of 7 his parents Jessie “Peter” Silvia and Julia White moved back to St Michael’s, Portugal where he met and married Hortencia “Tessie” Amaral who preceded him in 1994. He leaves behind his son Peter, daughter-in-law Greer and his grandson Casey, who lives in Seattle, WA.
He returned to Newport at the age of 21 and worked as a gardener/landscaper at the Newport Naval Base until being inducted into the US Army. He served his country between 1943-1946 as an infantryman and convoy truck driver with the 41st “Rainbow” Division serving 22 months in the Asiatic Pacific Theater campaign in New Guinea and the Southern Philippines.
Upon his return he worked for 31 years at the Naval Supply Depot, Newport as a heavy-duty truck driver until his retirement.
After retiring he owned his own gardening/landscape business for many years.
In his later years he enjoyed woodworking, especially making furniture, clocks, birdhouses and watching the Red Sox play baseball.
The family would like to thank the staff of St Clare Home for the care and comfort they provided Peter during his time there.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to St Clare-Newport, 309 Spring Street, Newport, RI 02840.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 17th, 9:30 AM at Jesus Savior Church, 509 Broadway, Newport with burial to follow at St Columba Cemetery, 465 Brown’s Lane, Middletown.
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