Merle E. Silvis, 64, of 68 Oakwood Ave., passed away Thursday (July 23, 2015) at The Bradford Manor.
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Born Oct. 17, 1950, in Bradford, he was the son of the late Arthur R. and Dorothy R. Allison Silvis.
On Dec. 27, 1997, he married Sheryl Galbreath Silvis, who survives.
He was a 1968 graduate of Bradford Area High School.
He began his career with the Bradford City Fire Department on Oct. 8, 1973. During his tenure with the department, he was active with the city ambulance and was one of the first certified EMTs. He fought many of the major Bradford fires, including the Main Street block and The Dresser Home. He also served as the City of Bradford Code Enforcement Officer, and made it to the rank of Captain prior to his retirement on Jan. 31, 2011.
In addition to his duties with the City of Bradford Fire Department, he served for many years as the code enforcement officer for Bradford Township until the time of his death. He also worked as a security guard for Bradford Regional Medical Center for over 30 years as well as owning and operating Timeless Treasures with his wife.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed antiquing.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children, Matthew (Jody) Silvis of Bradford and Alyssa Silvis in California; five stepchildren, Adam Armstrong of Bradford, Christie (Everett) Smith of Bradford, Nicole Armstrong of West Chester, Jennifer Armstrong of Pittsburgh and Kyle Grandinetti of Bradford; two sisters, Kimberly Giordano of Bradford and Pamela Johnson of Bradford; three grandchildren, Joshua Silvis, Eddy Silvis and Vedder Silvis; three stepgrandchildren, Chyenne Smith, Donovan Smith and Aryana Grandinetti; his mother- and father-in-law, Richard and Beverly Galbreath in Florida; three sisters-in-law, Kathy (Karl) Niemeyer of West Chester, Karen (David) Anderson in Florida and Brenda (Richard) Cook, also in Florida; a brother-in-law, Richard (Cindy) Galbreath in Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends are invited to attend graveside services in Oak Hill Cemetery on the Fireman's Memorial Lot at 11 a.m. on Wednesday with the Rev. Matthew Blake, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish, officiating. Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the family, c/o Bradford City Firefighters Local #655, 25 Chestnut St., or to the
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from July 25 to July 31, 2015