Joseph Silveira

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Joseph H. Silveira 1928 - 2011 SOUTHPORT, NC Joseph H. Silveira, 83, born June 30, 1928, to the late Manuel and Mary Machado Silveira of Middletown, RI, passed away suddenly on Sept. 25 at home in Southport. Mr. Silveira's passing came less than three months after the death of his wife of 60 years, Mildred Hanson Silveira. Mr. Silveira graduated from Rogers High School in Middletown June 1946 and enlisted in the Army, He had overseas duty in Korea. Using his GI benefits from the Army, Mr. Silveira attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Upon graduation, he began a long and satisfying career of over 30 years with the Sprague Electric Company in North Adams, Mass. After a year's retirement, Mr. Silveira accepted a position as manager of River Run elderly housing with the Berkshire Housing Services Inc. of Pittsfield, Mass., and remained there six years until 1994 when he and his wife moved to Southport. Seeking a warmer climate, Mr. and Mrs. Silveira were very happy with their choice of Southport for retirement. An avid sportsman in his youth, he enjoyed archery, aviation, football, hunting, and swimming. Mr. Silveira was enthusiastic about taking his grandchildren swimming in the ocean and doggedly pursued his dream of having a green lawn despite the sandy soil of Southport. Mr. Silveira is survived by seven children: Mary Silveira of Southport, Marilyn LaFreniere of Holden Beach, Manuel Silveira and his wife Robin of Lanesboro, Mass., Paul Silveira of Lenox, Mass., Beverly Carpenter and her husband Robert of Springfield, Va., John Silveira of Lee, Mass., and Edward David Silveira and friend Michael Connors of Hinsdale, Mass.; six grandchildren, Jeremy LaFreniere and wife Jenny of West Sand Lake, N.Y., Michael LaFreniere and wife Donna of Pittsfield, Mass., Jordan Martin and husband Brent of Manassas, Va., Tristan Carpenter of Alexandria, Va., Kristen Silveira of Pittsfield, Mass., and Matthew Silveira of Amherst, Mass., and three great-grandchildren, Isabella, Michael and Joseph LaFreniere, his namesake. He was predeceased by his sister Evelyn Carlson. He also leaves many cousins and relatives throughout the country as his family of origin was very active in sponsoring other relatives from the Azores to come to the United States. FUNERAL NOTICE: Mr. Silveira's life was celebrated by his family at a private service with military honors, and he is interred at Northwood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by PEACOCK, NEWMAN AND WHITE. The family is very grateful to both Meals on Wheels of Brunswick County and Lower Cape Fear Hospice for the wonderful and caring services given their parents and request any donations be made to those organizations.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 11, 2011
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