Robert Medeiros Silva, age 77, passed away on November 11, 2019 at home. Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Manuel and Elsie (Medeiros) Silva, he spent most of his life in Dartmouth. He was a standout student at Dartmouth High School receiving many accolades in both music and athletics. He graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s of Music in 1968.
As a talented musician, he was very active in the Southeastern Massachusetts music community. He played in several local bands, including the Bay State Band, the Regional Symphonic Band (currently known as the Tri County Symphonic Band), and the Marion, Mattapoisett and Falmouth Community Bands. He also taught young children how to read and play music.
He was a loving father, grandfather and uncle who will be forever remembered for his storytelling and sense of humor.
Survivors include, brother Richard J. Silva of Dartmouth; sister Rosemary Bargfrede and her husband Richard of Dartmouth; daughter Kathy Silva Kichula and her husband John of Media, Pennsylvania; son Chris Silva of Dartmouth; grandchildren Jack, Emma and Sarah Kichula of Pennsylvania; niece Lisa Bargfrede Correia and her husband Aggie of Dartmouth; nephew Michael Bargfrede and his wife Megan of Abington; as well as several great nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Ronald Silva.
Funeral services will be private for family. In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to the Robert M. Silva Woodwind Scholarship c/o Dartmouth School Music Association, P.O. Box 80019, Dartmouth, MA 02748-0019.
Arrangements are placed in the care of Perry Funeral Home 111 Dartmouth St. New Bedford, MA 02740. Please see our website: www.perryfuneral.com for condolences.