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Joseph Ramon "JR" Silvestri Obituary
Joseph Ramon "JR" Silvestri

AGE: 85 • formerly of Keyport

Joseph Ramon "JR" Silvestri, formerly of Keyport, born August 12, 1931, Gray Court, NY, first child of Angelo and Felina (nee) Squarcia, passed into eternity April 2, 2017 at Port St. Lucie, FL. His wife of 65 years, Dolores "Dee" (nee) Tamburri, native of Jersey City and graduate of Matawan High School, predeceased him by just over two years. Survivors include siblings Michael, Louis, Richard, James, Shirley, Margie, Gina, Patrick and MaryAnne and a 93 year-old aunt, Helen Ruckman (nee) Squarcia, Miami, FL. One sister, Theresa, passed in 1998 at 50 years and grandsons Joseph and Brandon passed in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Also surviving are children Susanne, Sandra, Shanon, Joseph and Patricia, thirteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Joseph, "JR" or Joe was an avid fisherman and hunter and was known for his large Christmas Eve parties where his home was welcome to all-family, friends, neighbors, athletes and business associates. At age 27 he began playing semi-pro football for the Keyport Dukes which he later acquired. In 1963 he played semi-pro football for the Bayshore Red Wings. In later years he coached a champioship flag football team.

In his youth, he attended Neva King Cooper Elementary, Homestead, Ada Merritt Jr. High, Miami, and Gesu High School, Miami, all, schools in Florida. At Gesu he was an outstanding player on the varsity football team. During a one-year sojourn in Carmel, NY with his family, at age sixteen he worked on the construction of a new dam for the Groton Reservoir. At seventeen he worked at Captain Tom's Fish Market, Miami, before going on the road with Angelo to buy, haul and sell produce from Homestead to Long Island. In 1950 he moved with Angelo and brothers Louis, Richard and James to Keyport where he learned the construction trade from Tony Koppenberger and Carl Harding, building custom homes. He worked winter jobs at the Aeromarine, Keyport, Johns-Manville, Manville and Owens-Illinois nearby. In 1952 he was drafted into the US Army and became an artillary instructor at Fort Sill, OK where he was honorably discharged as a Staff Sargeant in 1954. While at Fort Sill he played on the base football team. He re-entered the construction field and started JR Silvestri Masonry Contractor, Keyport. Two years later with partners he formed Molly Pitcher Homes. In 1971 he and Ashley Goodman, Livingston, formed Concept Building Industries, a housing consulting firm to the New Jersey Housing Finance Agency and to private real estate developers. In another construction venture he built housing in the UAE. In 1990 he and Dee moved to Hutchinson Island, Jensen Beach, FL when he acquired the Palm City Auction. In 1992 he sold that and in 2010 they moved to Port St. Lucie. A celebration of his life will be planned at a later date.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 7, 2017
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