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David M Silverman

November 6, 1931 ~ February 10, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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David Silverman Obituary

David Mark Silverman, 92 years 3 months and 4 days old, son of the late Max and Ethyl Silverman, from Brookline, MA passed away peacefully at 2pm February 10 with his family by his side.  He had been visited by so many friends and family during the past few weeks while he was in the hospital.

He is survived by his daughter Deborah of San Francisco, CA, son Daniel and wife Anne of Ashland, MA, and son Neil and partner John Tseng of Seattle, WA. He is also survived by his granddaughters Maia Mar Caballero of New York City, Julia Silverman of Shelburn Falls, MA , Aimee Silverman and husband John Plummer of Perth, WA Australia, and Mollie Silverman of Roslindale, MA. He leaves his first wife Caryl (Yafa) Silverman of Longmeadow, MA, his second wife Patricia (Chartier) Silverman of Northampton, and his long-time companion, Arline Brightman of Chestnut Hill, MA.  He also leaves behind hundreds of cousins and friends that he has treated like family throughout the world.

Growing up in Brookline and attending the Driscoll Elementary School and graduating Brookline High School in 1949, he was an avid Boston sports fan running to Fenway with his friends like Kenny Elgart and seeing the sox for a nickel.  He then went on to attend Harvard obtaining a BS in Pre-med graduating in 1953.  He was very prominent in the ROTC program and went on to join the US Navy on July 28, the day after the end of the Korean War. He has shared stories of traveling across the country from the Virginia and Maryland Navy bases and over to Moffit Field.  Being stationed in Japan he grew a love for the Japanese language, the country, and of course the women.

After leaving the Navy as a Lieutenant he went to work for his uncle Izzy Goldberg in Boston joining in with the manufacturing and selling of non-wovens and wool Felt with the National Felt Company.  And then went back to Harvard this time at the business school and graduated with an MBA in 1963.

Always known to be very friendly and strike up conversations with any and everyone, he met my mother, Caryl, and immediately fell in love and moved to an apartment in Brookline. With the growth of National Felt, he moved out to western Mass to Holyoke in 1965, to help run the cut parts division of Commonwealth Felt in Northampton and worked with the felt manufacturing in Easthampton at National Felt Company as well for over thirty-five years.

During these years he not only started and grew a family of three children, managed the felt business, but also, he played a crucial role in reinstituting ROTC as the committee head at Havard after the Vietnam war.  He participating as the Harvard Secretary of the Class of ’53 for the Alumni Notes and helped to drive reunions with Brookline High School and Driscoll School Alumni and his Harvard Business School Class of 1963 reunions too. He not only enjoyed the coordination of all his reunions and attending them was true passion. And let’s not forget Harvard football.  He loved attending and cheering on Harvard and was most excited to cheer against the Yaleys! He wore his Crimson proudly and always was so excited to see Harvard football Alumni playing in the NFL.

After leaving Holyoke he became roommates with his long time pal Kenny Elgart. They lived like the odd couple for a few years until Kenny became ill. David then lived with his son, Danny, in Ashland, where he continued to visit friends and family and helped the “elderly” with doing their finances and to drive them to their appointments.  He even tried to become an Uber Driver, however, he could not figure out how to use the App on his smart phone. After finding the stairs too difficult in the Ashland house, David, moved back to Brookline at the Jewish Family Services Independent living facility, and continued to drive his car at 92 years old, right up until his hospital stay.

He has held many titles including Dad, Grandpa, Uncle Sour-Puss, David-son, Fire Commissioner in Holyoke, and had a number of odd jobs during his retirement as he never could really retire. He was always busy with collect stamps and an avid Philatelist. This brought so much joy sharing stamps with people all over the globe. What kept him the busiest was how much he loved his family and worked with his son Danny on the family tree that goes back to the 1860s when the Skelskie family left Suwalki Russia/Poland and headed for the USA. He spent so much time calling all the cousins and friends and other acquaintances on their birthdays, on their anniversaries, and on any other prominent dates just to keep in touch. When he traveled, he always seemed to have a number of people to visit or to stay with. His phone was always ringing and his new emails from all over the world were filling up daily.

 It’s amazing how many people he knew and kept in touch with globally. He loved and was loved by so many and our hearts go out to everyone on the loss of a truly amazing man.

In leu of a funeral, there will be a Celebration of his life sometime in March in the Boston Metro area.
The family will be holding Shiva on Monday February 12 through Wednesday February 14 from 5pm to 9pm at Daniel and Anne’s house – 1 Sherborne Circle Ashland, MA.

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