ALBINO TOMAS "PILOTO" DASILVA
Longtime Groundskeeper at Longmeadow Golf Club
LOWELL Albino Tomas "Piloto" DaSilva, 73, of Lowell, died after a brief illness Sunday, August 17, 2008 at his home. He was the husband of Maria DaLuz Melo (Cunha) DaSilva, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage this past January.
Born November 3, 1934, in Graciosa, Azores, Portugal, he was a son of the late Raimundo, and the late Delfina Tomasia (Silva) DaSilva. He was raised in Graciosa, and worked as a farmer. He came to the United States in 1980, settling in Lowell. He made his home on Elm Street, Central Street, and most recently Pleasant Street for the past 26 years.
Mr. DaSilva was a communicant of Saint Anthony's Church, and a member of the Holy Ghost Society. He enjoyed gardening and making his own wine, he had a great sense of humor, and especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He was employed as a Machine Operator with Malden Mills in Lawrence for eighteen years. He also worked as a Groundskeeper at Longmeadow Golf Club in Lowell for over ten years. He also spent most of his free time at Silva's Mini Market helping his son Manuel operate his business.
Besides his wife, Maria DaLuz Melo (Cunha) DaSilva, he is survived by four children Carlos G. and his wife Maria DaSilva of Salem, MA, Lino DaSilva, of Lowell, Manuel G. and his wife Elizabeth DaSilva of Lowell, and Debbie DaSilva and her fiance Ryan Bellemare of Lowell; three grandchildren, Derek M. DaSilva, Natasha E. DaSilva, and Ethan R. Bellemare, all of Lowell; two brothers John Silva and his wife, Lucilia, of Tewksbury, and Magno Silva and his wife, Nelia, of Lowell; and six sisters Argentina Silva DosSantos of Graciosa, Delminda Silva of Toronto, Canada, Maria Silva of Lowell, Silvina Santos and her husband, Isalino of Mt. Brydges, Ontario, Canada, Aldina Silva and her husband, Silvino of Lowell, and Dolores Bettencourt and her husband, Leo of Beverly; and a brother in law and Manuel Melo, of Mt. Brydges, Ontario, Canada, a step-granddaughter, Jenna Bellemare of Lowell, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was also the father of the late Elidia Maria DaSilva, brother of the late Alexandrina Melo, and brother in law of the late Davide Santos, the late Manuel DaSilva, and the late Isalino Silva.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS CALLING HOURS FROM 4 UNTIL 8 P.M. ON THURSDAY. ON FRIDAY, HIS FUNERAL WILL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. AT THE McDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL (978 OR 800) 458-6816. HIS FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT ST. ANTHONY'S CHURCH AT 10 A.M.. BURIAL IN ST. MARY CEMETERY. E-CONDOLENCE SITE WWW.MCDONOUGHFUNERALHOME.COM