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Derrick Silvera

October 5, 1937 — January 18, 2022

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DERRICK ST. ELMO SILVERA WAS BORN ON OCT 5, 1937 IN CHRISTIANA, JAMAICA TO LOUIS AND MARIE SILVERA. 

QUIET, UNASSUMING, PROUD, KIND AND EASY GOING, DERRICK WAS A WIZ AT MATH AND PRIDED HIMSELF ON HAVING THE ABILITY TO PROCESS NUMBERS IN HIS HEAD FASTER THAN ANYONE. AFTER LEAVING HOLMWOOD TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL WHERE APART FROM HIS ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS, HE WAS A CADET, HE WENT OFF TO WORK AT UNITED FRUIT COMPANY IN KINGSTON AS AN ACCOUNTANT.  THERE HE MET IS WIFE AVRIL SMALL AND GOT MARRIED IN 1962.

SEEKING A DIFFERENT AND POSSIBLY BETTER LIFE, AVRIL MOVED TO NEW YORK AND DERRICK RETURNED TO CHRISTIANA TO WORK AT ALPART BAUXITE COMPANY.  IN 1969 HE MIGRATED TO NEW YORK TO JOIN AVRIL AND STAYED THERE UNTIL THEIR MOVE TO FORT LAUDERDALE WHERE HE RESIDED UNTIL HIS PASSING ON TUESDAY.  THEY LIVED A VERY ACTIVE LIFE IN NEW YORK - ALWAYS HELPING FRIENDS AND FAMILY BY SPONSORING AND ACCOMMODATING THEM IN THEIR HOME DURING THE MIGRATION PERIOD OF THE 70’S AND PROVIDING SUPPORT AS THEY SETTLED IN.

ALTHOUGH DERRICK WAS A MAN OF FEW WORDS, THERE WAS NEVER ANY DOUBT OF HIS PRESENCE.  HIS STATELY POSTURE AND DASHING GOOD LOOKS MADE YOU NOTICE HIM.  HE WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS ANY WAY HE COULD.  HE WAS PATIENT AND RELIABLE.  HE LOVED CHILDREN AND MOVIES AND WRESTLING.  HE REMEMBERED EVERY MOVIE AND ACTOR.  HE WAS LOVED BY ALL HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

HE LOST AVRIL IN  2008 AND WAS DEVASTATED.  PROUD UNTIL THE END, DERRICK WENT QUIETLY, WITHOUT COMPLAINING OR EVER ASKING WHY.  WHEN HE GOT DIAGONOSED WITH CANCER, HIS ONLY COMMENT WAS “WELL, SOMETHING HAS TO TAKE YOU OUT – WHAT YOU GONNA DO?”.  HE ACCEPTED WHATEVER LIFE BROUGHT HS WAY WITH DIGNITY.

SURVIVED BY: SISTERS, AILEEN O’FLYNN (ENGLAND), FERROL (RICHARD) HAINES (AUSTRALIA), JESSIE (GEZA) GROF (VANCOUVER, CANADA), VALERIE (KENNETH) BLAKELY (FLORIDA), JANET (ALLAN) HAAS (WASHINGTON), DONNA (DENNIS) BARNETT (FLORIDA), BROTHER: ROBERT "BOBBY" SILVERA, AND MANY OTHER LOVING FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

 

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Monday, January 24, 2022

9:30 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

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Monday, January 24, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Monday, January 24, 2022

11:45am - 12:15 pm (Eastern time)

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1500 S State Rd 7, North Lauderdale, FL 33068

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