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Robert F. Silva
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A memorial Mass was held Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hughson for former Hughson Fire Chief Robert "Bob" Francis Silva, 75, of Tulare. He died Sunday, March 28, 2004 at Kaweah-Delta Hospital in Visalia.

Inurnment is pending at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella. The Goble-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Born Jan. 22, 1929, Mr. Silva was a native of Hughson and lived in Tulare for a month. He previously lived in Oregon for 11 years and Hughson for 64 years. He was an Army veteran and served from 1953-55. Mr. Silva was a mechanic at Martella's Automotive in Hughson for 25 years and the Hughson fire chief for 29 years, and was a certified training officer. He belonged to St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hughson, Korean War Veterans, California Fire Chief's Association, California State Firemen's Association and the Stanislaus County Association of Firemen. Mr. Silva enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He leaves behind his wife, June Silva of Tulare; four children, Pamela Michael of Ceres, Kevin Silva and Lori Aguilar, both of Tulare, and Tom Silva of Branson, Mo.; two sisters, Marian Mello of Turlock and Jeanette Vierra of Hughson; and 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters.

Remembrances may be sent to the Hughson Fire Department, P.O. Box 37, Hughson, CA 95326.