Alfred “Al” Joseph Silva, Sr., 91, of Granbury, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Services will be held at a later date with burial at DFW National Cemetery.
Alfred was born on September 20, 1926 in San Leandro, California to Antonio Manoel da Silva and Maria Alves Silva.
He was a World War II veteran. He received his bachelor’s degree in business and accounting. He held top secret security clearances with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. He held foreign and domestic managerial positions with major U.S. Corporations in North America, South America, and Europe.
Al volunteered as a Boy Scout and Explorer Scout Leader, Camp Counselor for underprivileged children, Refugee resettlement program advisor, Habitat for Humanity builder, working member of the National Ski Patrol and the Washington State Mountain Search and Rescue Team, and taught English as a second language.
He was also conversational in six languages.
Al was known in Granbury as the “bearman” because he loved to give away preloved stuffed animals that he had washed and repaired. He loved the smiles they brought to children’s faces. He gave them away in other states when he traveled and in other countries, when he had a friend there to distribute them.
Al is survived by his sons: Alfred Joseph Silva, Jr. and Dallas Anthony Silva, and companion, Carol Dowdy.