Gregory Lawrence Silva passed away May 3rd, 2020.
He is remembered by his family for the extraordinary love, caring and compassion he showed to those whose lives he touched, and there were many. He had hundreds of friends across Valencia County and New Mexico. He was the most kind and loyal friend and left many, many friends behind. If you ask somebody what is his most remarkable attribute, most will say “he has a good heart”.
His passions in life were fishing with his friends and family, billiards, baseball, and bowling all of which he enjoyed regularly. He was also a not-so-talented golfer, but some of the happiest times were with family in pursuit of triple bogeys to win skins. He lived these passions with focus and to the fullest. He coached baseball for many years from the Little League level to the high school level and left his mark on the lives of so many young people, especially his children. He had a relentless passion for music and played multiple instruments in his band Relentless. He enjoyed many concerts with his children, friends and brothers. His greatest passion in life was his children, and everybody he encountered heard how proud he was of them. He enjoyed his work in the carpet cleaning and restoration business and held numerous industry certifications and distinctions. His customers were loyal because he showed them the same kindness and devotion he showed everybody else in life- they were his friends too.
He liked green beans, Italian food, and would never pass up a chance to sample a hot pepper or hot sauce. He hated cheese but had an intense passion for pizza, and especially deep dish pizza. He had an uncanny and mischievous wit and ability to be light hearted that made his personality magnetic. He hated playing baseball with his big brother but loved playing it with his little brother because he got to make the rules. He was fun.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Los Chavez since 1988. He was devoted to his Christian faith and was a witness for the teachings of the Gospel demonstrating love, honesty, and authenticity for which we was admired. His brothers and children looked to him for his many reflections of Christ. His children cherished the generous time he spent with them and proclaimed him the World’s Best Dad. His life was too short, but he led a full life and by God’s grace, he enjoyed it immensely and touched the lives of so many. His character and wit lives on as a part of all of us who have learned from him and whose lives he touched.
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Lawrence Webster Bailey and Cordia Williams Seymour, his maternal aunt Nancy Kay Bailey Hrivnatz, his paternal grandparents Henry Vincent Silva and Regina Wethington Silva, two cousins Pete Webster Boyce and Darlene Silva-Rubio. He is survived by his son Darian Lawrence Silva of Rio Communities and daughter Tayler Brianne Silva; mother, Shirley Ann Silva and father, Patrick Jerome Silva of Los Chavez,; his brothers Randall Dustin Scott Silva of Albuquerque, NM and Patrick James Silva of Montgomery, TX.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. Social distancing will be maintained and groups of 5 at a time will be permitted to view on a strict time limitation. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448.