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Richard L. Silva
January 22, 2024


Richard L Silva, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on Monday, January 22 following complications from a stroke he suffered in August. He was 80 years young.

Rick or Ricky as known to his family and friends was so many things to many people. A devoted husband, who loved fiercely and sometimes was an immoveable object. A father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and godfather who would walk through the fire of hell to protect, assist, support, and cheer on those he loved. A loving bond with his brothers, that when they joined together the stories were endless, the laughs were hardy – these stories were about sharing a bedroom with four of his brothers or spending a Sunday summer day at Salem Willows enjoying the sun and barbequing with his parents, brothers, sister in laws, nieces, nephews and children.

Being born in Lawrence, MA, he was an avid sports player in school and made lifelong friends with so many. His love of sports gave him an opportunity to volunteer as a football and baseball coach to youngsters involved in city sponsored sports or Pop Warner football. He was a lifelong Boston sports fan, who enjoyed the triumphant of seeing the Red Sox and Patriots become dynasties.

He had strong opinions in politics and loved to debate with anyone who had the stomach for it. In another life, he would have loved to have been a historian or at least a history teacher. He did apply for a position as a police officer, which we all know, not being hired because he was too short was a blessing in disguise. He did become a great negotiator which served him well in the many distinct procurement roles for companies such as Avco, Sanders, Raytheon, and others.

He leaves his wife of over fifty years, Mary L Bradley Silva, daughter Maureen Silva and fiancé Thomas Mager, son James Silva and daughter-in-law Stacey, grandchildren Jessica Carbone and husband David, Kassidy Silva and fiancé Zackary Power and Dominick Silva, great-grandchildren Owen and Harper Carbone, brothers, sister in laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and godchildren who will miss his infectious laugh, quick wit, inappropriate jokes and big hugs.

Calling hours will be held in the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, on Monday, January 29, 2024, from 4 to 7 PM. His funeral service will follow at 7 PM. Interment will be privately held. For additional information, please visit,

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donatation to either St Jude’s Hospital or Common Ground Ministries

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Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home
390 North Main Street
Andover, MA 01810