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NAPLES, Fla. -- Kenneth Alan Silver, 78, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at Naples Community Hospital with his family at his bedside. He was born in New York City, and moved to Naples nine years ago from Montclair, N.J., where he lived for 31 years.

He was on the civil rights commission and the environmental advisory board in Montclair and was president of the school board advisory council in 1968 which was instrumental in creating the magnet schools in Montclair.

Mr. Silver was the assistant regional director of the Food and Drug Administration for 21 years and retired in 1989. Prior to that he was vice president for Columbia Motion Pictures International for whom he opened offices in Central and South America, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Before working for Columbia Motion Pictures he was international vice president of the New York office for Alexander Film Company, a theater screen advertising firm headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In Naples, he was vice president of the Village Walk Board of Directors for seven years. He was also a member of the Explorers Club of Naples; the Conservancy; the Jewish War Veterans; and Temple Shalom. He was also a member of Beth El Congregation in Bennington, Vt.

He was a strong supporter of the Reconstructionist Federation, and was a founding member of B’nai Keshet in Montclair which was named after a kibbutz he lived in during the 1948 War of Independence in Israel. He was a Hadassah associate of Collier County chapter of Hadassah and an associate keeper of the gate.

Mr. Silver traveled widely visiting most every continent and major countries throughout the world. He was an avid collector of foreign coins and currency, and other memorabilia. He often lectured and showed slides of his many interesting trips to exotic parts of the world, since he was a skilled photographer. His skill as a writer was reflected in a monthly “Naples Chronicle” which he shared with a host of interested friends and admirers who enjoyed his wry sense of humor and wit.

He loved to make people laugh and all those with whom he engaged in an ordinary day were often the beneficiaries of his interesting and funny stories. He will be sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched.

Surviving him is his beloved wife Miriam of 49 years to whom he was extremely devoted and supportive. He also leaves behind a very loving family, David and Amelia Silver and their daughters Caroline and Natalie of Bennington; and Daniel and Vanessa Silver and their sons Alex and Michael of Northridge, Calif.; and a brother, Robert Silver of Santa Monica, Calif. He will be remembered also by many loving and caring friends and relatives throughout this country and in England and Israel.

The family will be sitting Shiva and receiving visitors at the home of David and Amelia Silver from Monday evening through Wednesday evening.

Internment is at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Iselin, N.J., on Sunday at 3 p.m. followed by a reception at the home of dear friends Jane and Harvey Susswein, 85 Clinton Ave. Montclair. Shiva will be at 1 Catamount Lane, Bennington. A memorial service will be held at Temple Shalom in Naples at the end of the year.

Contributions can be made to the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pa.; B’nai Keshet Congregation of Montclair; Temple Shalom of Naples; Collier County Chapter of Hadassah in Naples; or Arava Institute c/o Congregation Beth El of Bennington, Vermont.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 5, 2005
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