Beloved Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather and avid pigeon fancier.
TEMPLETON Joseph ‘Joe’ Silva, 88, of Templeton, formerly of Westford, died peacefully, Friday, August 26, 2011, at his son Joe’s home in Templeton surrounded by his loving and devoted family. For Fifty Nine years, he was married to the late Alice C. (Nobrega) Silva, who he dearly missed and fondly spoke about every day until his death.
Born February 20, 1923, in Lowell, he was a son of the late Januario and the late Maria (Costa) Silva who were both from Madeira Island, Portugal. He resided in Lowell and was educated in the local schools.
Mr. Silva proudly served with the United States Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.
Joe made his home in Westford for many years, and was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church in Lowell. He worked for the Department of the Army at Fort Devens in Ayer, for over ten years. He also held several U.S. Government jobs as well as jobs in the private sector into retirement and beyond. Joe was also a long time and well respected member of the Portuguese American Civic League and the Portuguese American Center Clubs in Lowell.
An avid fancier of racing homing pigeons for over seventy years, Mr. Silva was a loved and respected member of the Spindle City Pigeon Club and kept over 100 homing pigeons in coops at his home in Westford.
Joe was also a Sports fan who loved to watch the Boston Braves and the Red Sox as well as the New England Patriots play.
Joe will be remembered for his great sense of humor, singing vocal harmonizing ability, love for his family, and the ability to make friends wherever he went.
He is survived by his only son, Joseph A. Silva Jr. and his wife, Celestina, of Templeton; his grandsons, Marc J. Silva of Templeton and Luis J. Silva, his wife, Monica and their daughter Evelyn all of Westford and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Anthony Silva, the late Manuel Silva, the late John Silva, the late Januario Silva, the late Frank Silva, and the late Mary Silva.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS CALLING HOURS 5 UNTIL 8 P.M. ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 2. ON SATURDAY, 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.. A PROCESSION WILL FOLLOW FOR BURIAL IN ST. MARY CEMETERY. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE WWW.MCDONOUGHFUNERALHOME.COM TO SEND THE FAMILY AN E-CONDOLENCE AT ANYTIME.