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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Richard Silveria, 85

Richard (Dick) Silveria of Westport and Hilton Head, South Carolina, died April 18 after a brief illness. He had just celebrated his 85th birthday.

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The husband of the late Dora J. Silveria, he was born in Oakland, California. He started working in a local cannery while in high school and put himself through college, attending the University of California Berkeley where he majored in industrial engineering.

He spent the majority of his business life as an industrial engineer for IBM, concentrating in international manufacturing.

He split his time between Hilton Head Island and Westport. He was a life member of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club, exploring his love for sailing and served on the board and as the commodore.

After Dora, his other passion realized in retirement was golf. He was a longtime member of the Sea Pines Country Club, playing golf three times a week up until his recent illness.

He is survived by his children Ricki (Mike Spruill), Danni (Will Fernandez), Kent (Patty Silveria) and grandsons Doug, Austin, Curtis and Eric. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Dora J. Silveria.

A remembrance service will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m. at The Island Funeral Home, 4 Cardinal Road, Hilton Head Island. A second memorial service will be held the first week of June in Westport.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to either the Charleston Animal Society (Charlestonanimalsociety.org) from where Dick’s constant companion for the past 12 years, Cal, was adopted, or the ALS Association (alsa.org.).

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Posted 04/19/17 at 11:10 AM  Permalink



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