James M. Silvia, 47, Portsmouth


James Michael Silvia, 47, of Portsmouth, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 22, at St. Anne's Hospital. James was a loving dad, grandfather, brother, uncle, son and friend to many. Born and raised in Portsmouth, he stayed close to his roots and his family.

James was a brilliant mechanic, an avid motorcycle rider, loved to dance and gave life his all. He had a way of bringing a smile to people's faces, having fun, lifting people up and being there when anyone needed him. James volunteered many hours with his brother Kevin and sister Cynthia "Cindy" at the Portuguese American Club, cooking and serving food for countless fund-raising events.

He is the son of Fredrick Silvia of Bellingham, Mass., and the late Ann (Souza) Silvia of Portsmouth.

James leaves behind a son, James M. Silvia Jr.; a stepson, Gerard Fournier; a daughter, Ariel Silvia both of Tiverton; a brother, Kevin Silvia of Portsmouth; three sisters, Cynthia (Silvia) Fontaine and Cheryl Perry, both of Tiverton, Stephanie Detusa of North Carolina; a grandson, Graiden Silvia; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle, cousins and many, many friends.

There will be a memorial mass on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. at Jesus Savior Church, 509 Broadway, Newport. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


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James I Miss you very much !! you are one of Gods Angels that had a tough exterior but with a heart of Gold. You were My Boss,Mentor,advocate to help me buy a business and an Awesome friend more like a Brother to me. RIP Buddy !!!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | Report this

Dear JIM8640

Thank you for sharing you loving thoughts of James. He was so special to so many of us. It has been so difficult for us losing our brother so suddenly, tragically and totally unexpected. We would love to see you at the Memorial service on Sat Sept 14th if you can make it.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | Report this

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