Silvestre was born in Sao Miguel, Acores, Portugal where he received his schooling and supported his mother for many years. He came to Canada in 1956, settled in Kitimat, B.C. and started his employment at Alcan, where he worked for over 20 years.
He married his wife Lidia of 41 years in 1962 and soon afterwards they had their twin daughters, Rosa Maria and Natalie and raised their family in Kitimat. Silvestre also worked many years at Eurocan, retiring at age 65.
He loved working in his garden over the years, growing various vegetables, fruit, flowers, trees and a beautiful hedge. He also enjoyed landscaping projects at the Catholic Church, trying to enhance the beauty of the grounds. He was an active, faithful parish member, helping those in need, visiting the sick in our hospital regularly and expressing always his love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Silvestre took wonderful, loving care of his family for many years and will be greatly missed. After his heart attack Silvestre died in St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver on August 23 at age 73.
Forever remembered and loved by his wife Lidia; and daughters, Rosa (Harvey Hartmann) and Natalie (Al Ricard). Always loved and adored by his five grandchildren, Chelsea and Kaitlyn Hartmann, also Kristy, Brayden and Brittney Ricard.
Our family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation, love and gratitude to the hospital staff, paramedics and everyone that has shown their kindness through prayers, thoughts, deeds and support.
Husband, Father, Vavo and Friend. We love you so much, you will remain forever in our hearts. May you be God’s gardener now.
‘’For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’’ John 3:16