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Donald Silva

Donald Silva Obituary

Donald S. Silva passed away on September 3, 2023 at the age of 74.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents Edward Silva and Angelina (Alves) Silva, his dearly loved brother, Robert M. Silva, and his treasured wife of 52 years, Dorothy (Walsh) Silva. He is survived by his devoted children Jennifer (Silva) Brees and Rachel Silva, his dedicated son-in-law Joshua Brees, his beloved grandchildren Fatima and Bernadette, and his dear brother Edward.

Building a strong loving marriage, raising his daughters and being a Vavô to his granddaughters was paramount to Donald. Throughout his life, he was a steadfast, caring man. He was quick to laugh, and that laugh was boisterous and hard-to-miss. Donald also loved music and singing - in the car, in church, at home. During a walk in the park, he once jumped on the hood of a car to serenade the love of his life, Dorothy.

He was a very positive person with a deep commitment to public education and hard work. A Rhode Island College alumnus, Donald was a history teacher for the City of East Providence until his retirement in 2002. For over 30 years, he quietly sacrificed and worked extra jobs to provide for his family on a public-school teacher's salary.

Donald was the most loving and generous person; the depths of his thoughtfulness and dedication to his family were unmatched. Through the years he fought many medical battles to be here with his family. Even during serious health difficulties, he and Dorothy were caregivers to his mother and brother for several years, until it was no longer physically possible. Donald embodied for his girls an enduring commitment, caring for family, and unwavering dedication without complaint.

In his final days, as in life, Donald was surrounded by his family. There aren't words to describe the loss they feel. Memories of his smile, humor, singing, and many lovingly written letters to his daughters console them now.

Family and friends are kindly invited to visitation hours and a Mass of Christian Burial. Visiting hours will be Friday October 13, from 3:00-6:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. A Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday October 14, 2023,  at 10:30am in Saint Raymond’s Church 1240 North Main Street Providence. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to fund Rhode Island public school projects at

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October 13, 2023

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Butterfield Chapel
500 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910

Mass of Christian Burial
October 14, 2023

10:30 AM
St. Raymond's Church
1240 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02904


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