Dec 28, 2017
John C. Silva, 78, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017 at the Trail Regional Hospital with his love of 56 years by his side.
John was predeceased by his parents and two brothers; he leaves behind his wife, Alzira Silva; his eldest son John Silva (Cheryl, Rebecca, Michael); his daughter, Goretti Bertram (John, Cole, Noah); youngest son Paul Silva, his brother, Archie Cordeiro (Betty), his sister, Czaltina Martines, several nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.
Born in Relva, San Miguel Portugal, John married his sweetheart in 1961 then shortly after travelled to Canada in search of greater opportunities for himself and his new bride. John made Castlegar his home, and quickly set about finding work so his new wife could join him. Although John’s early career started with CP Rail, it was his 39 years working at the sawmill that allowed him and Alzira to raise a family and enjoy their life together.
John liked gardening and spending time in his yard, always eager to trim a branch…sometimes too eager! He enjoyed raising pigeons and making wine, but what he loved most of all was spending time together with family and friends, sharing laughs and stories over a few glasses of wine and Alzira’s amazing food.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and support staff who looked after John while in hospital, Castlegar Funeral Chapel for making arrangements, and the many who offered their unconditional love and support.
A funeral service was held at St. Rita’s Parish on January 3, 2018.