Mateus F. Silva
"Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather"
LOWELL Mateus F. Silva, 78, of Lowell’s Back Central Street Neighborhood, died Friday, December 16, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family. For the past Fifty Seven years, he was the loving husband of Laura (Silva) Silva, the first and last love of his life.
A son of the late Mateus and the late Maria (Silva) Fagundes, he was born May 20, 1933, in Lajes, Terceira, Azores, and grew up and was educated in that area. He worked as a carpenter there before coming to the United States in 1971 with his family. He settled in the Back Central Street Neighborhood, where he made his home for the past forty years. He was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church and a proud and active member of Carnaval.
Mr. Silva worked as a carpenter for the Batesville Casket Company in Nashua, NH, before working for Pellon Corporation and Grace Shoe. He then became self employed as a carpenter working at what he loved to do most. His handywork can be admired throughout the community, as he worked on the remodeling of most of the homes we now see in the Back Central Street area.
Family, especially his wife and granchildren, were very important to him. He always enjoyed family times together. He also was a member of the Portuguese American Marching Band, playing the Tuba with pride and joy. Mateus was also a member of the Portuguese American Civic League and the Portuguese American Civic Center as well as the Holy Ghost Society.
In addition to his wife, Laura, he is survived by his children, Fernando Silva, Manuel Silva of Dracut, Carlos Silva and his wife, Robin, of Lowell, Mario Silva of Lowell, Filomena Silva of Riverside, RI, Arnaldo Silva of Bow, NH, David Silva and his wife, Diane, of Dracut, Orlando Silva of Lowell, and Laurie Pargas and her husband, Stan, of Hudson, NH; twenty grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; his sister, Maria Kissman and her husband, Ron, of San Deigo, CA; his brother, Antonio Fagundes of Lowell; two brothers in law, Jose Silva of Lowell and Ezekiel Silva and his wife, Maria, of Peabody and several nieces and nephews.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS CALLING HOURS 4 UNTIL 8 P.M. ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18. ON MONDAY, HIS FUNERAL WILL BEGIN AT 12 NOON AT THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL 978-458-6816. HIS FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT ST. ANTHONY’S CHURCH AT 1 P.M.. BURIAL IN ST. MARY CEMETERY. MEMORIALS IN HIS NAME TO ALZHEIMER’S ASSOC. OF MASS, 311 ARSENAL ST., WATERTOWN MA 02472. E-CONDOLENCE SITE WWW.MCDONOUGHFUNERALHOME.COM