Robert Silva

April 15th, 2021

Robert Silva, age 70, of Wilmington formerly of Somerville, passed away on April 12, 2021.

Robert was born on April 5, 1951 in Somerville, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Bernard and Ann (DiBiase) Silva. Robert was raised in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School.

Robert married Janice M. (Johnson) Silva in 1977; they lived in the city for a few years before settling in Wilmington in 1983, where they raised their three children: Kelly, David and Daniel. Robert was always involved with the kids’ activities; he volunteered as a Wilmington Youth Hockey coach for many years. Being a hockey coach was something he loved to do. He was instrumental in starting up the Wilmington Hockey Booster Club and served as their President. Often you would see him at the Wilmington Carnival operating the Booster Club booth. He also attended his children’s many other sporting or school events throughout the years. Robert was their biggest fan and it brought him joy to watch them. Recently he was involved in the committee for establishing and building a hockey rink in Wilmington.

In his spare time, one thing Robert liked to do was vacation with his family and friends in New Hampshire. He enjoyed being on the lake and relaxing at the pool. He also enjoyed going out to new restaurants with his wife and enjoyed day trips to Maine. Robert also was an avid Three Stooges fan. Every year he would watch the Three Stooges Marathon on New Year’s Eve. He has quite the collection of movies, posters, pictures, and pop culture in his office.

Robert was an avid collector of cameras and photographic equipment. He loved taking pictures of family, friends and scenery. At family gatherings or colleague events you could count on him to have his camera. He was the official photographer for those events and occasions.

Robert was a true friend; his relationships with his family, friends and co-workers were most important to him. He was the friend who always “kept in touch”; he would call or text regularly just to “check in” and to see what was going on in their lives. He was kind, generous and reliable. Robert would go out of his way to make sure those he loved had everything they needed.

Being Grampa to his beautiful grandson and namesake Andrew Robert brought him great joy. He would love to go and visit him or facetime him daily, Andrew would always have a great big smile for Grampa. He would always want Grampa to hold him, and they would hang out together.

Robert will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. His warm and thoughtful personality will truly be missed.

Robert was the beloved husband of Janice M. (Johnson) Silva, devoted father of Kelly Silva of Burlington, Daniel Silva of Andover, and David Silva & his wife Kelly also of Andover and loving “Grampa” to their son Andrew Robert Silva, cherished son of the late Bernard and Ann (DiBiase) Silva, dear brother of Bernard Silva & his wife Betsy of North Andover, Steve Silva & his wife Sue of Franklin, TN and the late Michael Silva & his wife Heidi of Worcester, son-in-law of Jeanne Johnson and the late James Johnson of Peabody. Robert is also survived by many loving sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, April 18th from 2:00 -6:00 p.m. and Monday, April 19th from 9:30-10:30 followed by a Graveside Service at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, 185 Lake St., Peabody at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to the Jolly Jump ( benefiting a hockey family dealing with a loved one battling cancer or the James Mark McGonagle II Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o 6 Freeport Drive, Wilmington, MA 01887 providing scholarships to local students.


12 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert Silva”

  1. John Arria says:

    I am so saddened to hear about the passing of my good friend and co-worker.
    Bob was a great guy and I owe a lot to him. He had a great impact on my career and taught me many things.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Janice and the kids- He was a great husband and a great guy! I will miss his phone calls and text messages checking up on me. He was always good that way- He will be missed

  2. Maureen A Gemellaro-Walker says:

    Janice and Family, just wanted to extend my deepest sympathies – know that I am hear for you when you are ready… sorry for your loss. Love Maureen

  3. Joanne Johnson says:

    So heartbreaking!! Robbie aka the Bobster!. He was beyond a great guy. He was a great son great father great brother in law great son in law great uncle. Great friend. He was a good man. I’ll miss you handing out stickers to the whole family every holiday and all your stories. It was an honor to call you my brother in law Robbie. You Will Be Missed!! All my love to my sister Janice and the entire Silva family. Rest easy Robbie????????????


  4. Jeanne Johnson says:

    I am heartbroken over my son-in-law Robbie,he was like a son to me always being there for me taking me for Doctor visits all I would have to do is mention something I like and it would be there in spades. He touched everyones life with his unconditional ways. Rest in peace Robbie you are one of the great ones and will truly be missed.

  5. Jeanne Johnson says:

    I am truly heartbroken over my son-in-law robbie, He would take me to many doctor appointments, all I have to do is mention one thing I liked and he would get it for me in spades. I will cherish all the many places we went together as a family. He touched many peoples lives unconditionally, rest in peace robbie you will truly be missed.

  6. Joseph A Lynch says:

    Rest In Peace my friend
    Prayers and condolences for the family
    I grew up with Robert, great memories as youngster.

  7. Carl and Ronni Brietzke says:

    Robbie you are a good friend to us. We grew up next door to each other. We had are differences but at the end of the day we were playing ball again together like nothing happened. I am proud to call you my friend. You will be missed greatly. Rest in Peace my friend. Prayers to you and your family.

  8. patricia Leahy Basile says:

    May our Dear Lord accept His son home into the warmth and comfort of His arms. Keep him there until we meet again.
    My deepest sympathies to Robby’s family and please know my prayers are offered to you during this difficult time

  9. Edmund & Gloria Corcoran says:

    Janice and family: So sorry for your loss. I remember Bob from so many years of hockey! Take care.

  10. David Roulston says:

    I had the privilege of working with Bob for several years at Avnet. Enjoyed working with him and talking sports/Bruins. He will be missed. Prayers for the family. RIP

  11. Annie Sullivan says:

    Janice ,
    I’m so sorry to hear this. A true gentleman and friend.
    You and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers.


    Oh my! I hadn’t heard from Bob in many months. I Bob was my salesman many years ago and as has been mentioned we kept in touch to talk about life, hockey and his beloved Bruins. He always kept in touch. I am so saddened.

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