Obituaries

Jack DaSilva, 92

September 30, 2020

On September 30, 2020 our precious patriarch and friend Jack DaSilva left us to join the Lord and his deceased family at the age of 92.

Jack is the husband of Mary DaSilva with whom he was married for 66 years. He is also survived by his brother Joseph; daughter Linda; his son Greg and wife Linda Grant and his grandchildren: Sasha DaSilva Stillwagon and husband Lee, Ashley DaSilva and Rakee DaSilva.

Jack was born on June 15, 1928 in Bunheiro, Portugal to Clementina and Antonio DaSilva Garrido. At the age of three, he immigrated to the U.S. and lived in Pennsylvania and New York most of his life. Jack attended Woodrow Wilson Vocational and Technical High School in Jamaica, Queens, NY and became a cadet with the Merchant Marine Academy prior to serving in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Ranger during the Korean War on special assignment in Germany. After receiving his honorable discharge as Sargent First Class in 1952, Jack joined his family construction and general contracting business until his retirement in 1997. During that time, Jack worked on numerous construction projects including the World Trade Center, 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair in Queens, NY and the Linac Tunnel in Brookhaven Labs on Long Island.

While raising his family, Jack and Mary enjoyed travel and his passion for boating serving as president of the Anchorage Yacht Club and exploring the Long Island sound and key points of interest on the New England coast. During the winter, Jack and Mary spent time in Sarasota, Florida where Jack served as president of Lido Regency association board.

Jack was a master storyteller, entertaining mixologist, BBQ master, and is remembered fondly for his easygoing demeanor, sense of humor, pride and vibrant fighting spirit until his last days.

His family would like to especially thank the Hospice & Community Care for their exemplary care and guidance through this difficult time.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 1:00pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 440 St Joseph St, Lancaster, PA 17603. Interment will be held at St. Boniface Cemetery, Elmont, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) www.nfcr.org.

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October 03, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the entire family and to my dear Jack May God keep and protect you in heaven you deserve nothing but the best.You have been a dear friend for 50 years. You and Mary have been my rock and the dearest friends.Part of my heart goes with you dear Jack, I will love you forever. Estelle

October 03, 2020

Jack was a gentle, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. We will miss his his warm smile and L-O-N-G stories. We look back on 55 years of friendship with love.  He will be missed.
Ted & Maxine Turitz

October 03, 2020

My dearest Jack, I love you like a brother and best friend. You and Mary were always there for me. You took part of my heart with you. I know you are now with the Lord in heaven Godspeed my friend. I Will miss you more than you could ever know.
With all my love, Estelle
to your dearest family my heartfelt And deepest condolences.

October 03, 2020

Growing up Jack was always someone who I would enjoy Talking to. Jack always had a kind heart and something nice to say. Jack will always be a part of my happy memories.
Rob Quarta

October 03, 2020

Jack I will miss our great war stories and you is a great storyteller love always.
Love you my dear friend.
Joe Erazo

October 03, 2020

Our sincere condolence to my Aunt Mary, cousins Greg and Linda and to all the DaSilva family.  We wish you comfort in all the sweet and great memories that you hold for Jack…such a great and caring man. A super Uncle.  Always loved seeing his smiling face, his conversation and that friendly arm around your shoulder. Our deepest sympathy to all.  Love Marty & Daphne Sapone

October 03, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family and my dear friend Linda. Your dad sounded like a fun guy to be around and I’m saddened for you in his loss. My his memory be eternal and God’s grace surround you and your family during this time. 
Alex Jung

October 02, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the DaSilvas; Aunt Mary, Linda, Greg and your family.  My memories of Uncle Jack are those which instantly bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.  We always loved a visit from Uncle Jack- it was always a surprise!  These happy memories were full of love and laughter and full of adventures.  I remember going to Uncle Jack’s different housing projects that were filled with escapades.  There were many laughs, climbing places, treasures to find- a thrill, even for a little girl!  I am very grateful to have had  sweet life experiences with such loving people as Aunt Mary and Uncle Jack.  May God bless you, kind-hearted, Uncle Jack as you enter your rest and may perpetual light shine upon you.  May God fill your family with peace.  With love, Suzanne (Gentile) Murphy

October 02, 2020

Our deepest sympathies are with you and the family. I personally have fond memories of Uncle Jack at your home in Valley Stream when I was very young. I can vividly see his smiling face and feel his friendly nature. Wishing you all peace and comfort at this time. 
Joanne and Fred Welles

October 01, 2020

What can I say about my dear uncle? Perhaps start with Thank You for finding my lovely aunt Mary so unbearingly irresistible that you married her, remaining married to her and only her for over 6 1/2 decades, and that in marrying her brought you into my family – Mary and my mother Angela were cousins on the maternal side. My memories of Uncle Jack have their solid foundation in my childhood. Uncle Jack was developer on several suburban housing communities in Orange County NY where we lived. On his way home to Long Island, he would often stop at the house. Never one to knock, he would just enter the front door and proclaim “Honey, I’m home! Dinner smells great.” and my mom would be so happy to see him. I was a thin runt of a child and I would run to welcome him, he would hoist me up and wrap me around his neck after a hug and kiss — I loved it! He would join us for dinner, tell us about the project he was working on, show us on a map where it was, sometimes have blueprints and show us those too. To me, he was like a pirate showing us where the gold was buried. Afterward, he’d take a quick nap on the couch before heading home.
My love of home restoration and renovation rests squarely in these early experiences, currently living and working in my third “project” a 1920s cottage on a mountain just outside of Woodstock. 
This home he would have really loved – as nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is plumb, level, or square — and I love that about it My backyard borders Catskill Forest Preserve and the stream that runs along my property has natural swimming holes – just perfect for a photographer, writer, and artist!My dear sweet uncle — I will miss you very much. Your shameless laughter, your teachings of house and home, your adventurous spirit on both land and at sea. Most of all, I will remember with fond affection your surprise visits and presence at the dinner table with stories of work – and being lifted up on your strong shoulders for different view of the world. Rest in sweet peace my gentle man, you deserve nothing less!
Love love love – Steven Parisi-Gentile 

Services
Saturday, October 03, 2020
1:00 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
440 St Joseph St,
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603
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