John J. Silva(1925 - 2013)

John J. Silva

On September 1, 2013 John J. Silva left this earth to be with his Heavenly Father. He went peacefully surrounded by his family who will miss him greatly. He was 88.
John Silva, born in Taunton Mass., in 1925 to John Silva of the Madeira Isl., Portugal and Louisa Reis of San Migel Isl., Azores. During his journey he touched may hearts. He enjoyed his years as a orchardist until the pear blight wiped out the orchards. He then became a bus driver for the Newcastle Elementary School and Placer High, where his students gave him the nickname, "Jonny". John also enjoyed maintenance work at the Newcastle Elementary school, keeping the classrooms and yards in beautiful shape.
John married the love of his life in 1978, Rosemary; they had just celebrated 35 wonderful years together on July 4th. True to his kind and supportive nature, John raised Rosemary's daughters as his own. Wendy and Cheryl were very proud and honored to call him Father. John was an immediate friend to strangers, exuding kindness and an inner light that instantly drew people closer He was easy to love. He was gentle, with a smile that would light up your day. Megan, his youngest granddaughter, found an adage that reflects the special language she and her papa had between them. It reads, "I love when you look at someone with a smile on your face, and they break into a smile back at you, not because they know you're smiling, but because you are happy, and that's enough to make them happy."
John was preceded in death by his three brothers, John an infant brother, Manuel Silva (Marge), Joseph Silva (Shirley), and niece Sandra Silva.
John is survived by his loving wife Rosemary and daughters Wendy Crosthwaithe (Bob) from Newcastle and Cheryl Scranton (David) from Milwaukie Oreg., Sister in law Diana Wright (Edward) of Twin Falls ID., David Wright of Temecula Calif. He adored and looked forward to time spent laughing with his grandchildren Nicholas, and Brad Lee Scranton, and Allison (Jake) Ashton of Oreg., Megan and Adam Crosthwaite of Newcastle; great grandchildren Rylee and Jaxson of Oreg., nephew Jeff Silva (Mindy) and great nieces Megan and Haley Silva of Auburn, nieces Patti Craig of NY, Robbin Voigt (Kevin) of Minn., great niece Marion Larson (Brandon) and daughter Penelope, nephews Bill Craig Jr., and sons, Nicholas Voigt (Rachel) and daughters Aurora, Sophia and Daphne, nephew Matthew Voigt (Dan) also of Minn., Christopher Morris (Angie) children Connor and Savannah of PA., Cousins Barbara Silva Snyder (Jack), Debbie Silva Bowen and children Erica, Michael, and Cody all of Mantica also Lisa Crowley (Dan) and children Matthew and John of LA.
A private inurnment for family will take place instead of a church service. A public celebration of life will be held on September 29, 2013 at the Club House at Castle City Mobile Home Park in Newcastle 1:00 p.m.-4p.m. Food will be provided.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the or to Hospice at the following address: VCC, 2710 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA. 95833

Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Sept. 22, 2013